In today’s rough economy, with gas prices soaring and wallets tightening, dress shirts may not be the first thing on a man’s mind. But clothing, especially professional gear, is a necessity.
Although you may be tempted to wear that slightly stained and threadbare button-up for another six months until you pay off your credit card, what message does that send your superiors, colleagues, and clients?
Dressing in clean, sharp clothes sets you ahead of the pack-and it doesn’t even have to be expensive. There are plenty of great designer men’s dress shirts available at a discount, to men who still want to look sharp on a budget.
If you’re the type who hates wading through aisles of racks and the discount clothing store down the road, you now have an easier option. The fastest and most efficient ways to find some of the best discount clothing deals is on the internet.
Not only can you get great deals on discount men’s dress shirts, but you can use it to compare prices and styles. Most sites even have reasonable return policies and shipping rates if something doesn’t fit or isn’t to your liking.
So how do you find good deals on your tight budget? Here are some tips to help narrow down your search.
1. Buy classic shirts. Pink may seem Euro-chic and trendy, but if it sits at the back of your closet for most of the year, it’s a waste of money. Avoid odd patterns, colors, and cuts that don’t suit you. Choose basic and simple shirts that are likely to not go out of style any time soon. Black, white, earth-tones, and the occasional muted blue or green are all you need. Save the spice for your tie rack.
2. Pick the right size. Measure yourself or a shirt you own that fits you well-and measure everything! Arms length, width, collar width, etc. The more you have an idea of what size you are the less of a chance you’ll have to send something back.
3. Mix and match. If you have twelve pairs of brown pants, don’t buy three new black shirts that clash with them. If you’re able to choose new clothes to match your old ones, you’ll save money and be able to create more combinations.
4. Business casual counts too. Casual does not mean a ratty old rock T-shirt. Casual means khakis and a clean polo shirt. These are often inexpensive, comfortable, and can easily be dressed up if the need arises.
5. Look for high fashion bargains. High-end designers often slash prices on great items due to minor manufacturer errors and send them off to the discount clothing store. A misaligned stitch can send that one-hundred dollar shirt into twenty dollar territory. These may sometimes be more expensive than other discount clothing, but often last years longer and are better quality. Snap up these finds when you can in favor of slightly cheaper clothing. A few dollars can make a huge difference.
Fridays at the office are considered business casual day. What does that exactly mean? Business is business and casual is casual so how do you combined the two styles? Friday is a dress down day so you know that business casual does not mean a suit but it does mean that you have look nice and neat but can be a little bit casual at the same time.
Let’s examine what Business Casual isn’t. Save the following items for your weekend or at-home wardrobe: zip-front hooded sweatshirts, team jackets, jean jackets, T-shirts with slogans, midriff-baring tops, tank tops, well-worn jeans, spandex pants, stirrup pants, overalls, biking shorts, sweat pants, mini skirts, see-through tops, halter tops, flip-flops, sneakers and sandals. Never forget that the first word in business casual is “business” and casual does not mean a day at the beach.
Business casual must always include high-quality pieces, hose or socks, appropriate underwear, footwear in good repair, coordinated accessories, clean, styled hair and makeup for women. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the type of footwear is considered business casual to finish off your outfit.
Slingbacks, women’s shoes with a cutout heel and a strap spanning the back of the ankle, defy simple categorization as they once did. Years ago, slingbacks were appropriate only during the summer months, and they were considered a casual shoe. Certainly, no self-respecting woman south of the Mason-Dixon Line would be caught dead in a slingback before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Now, with a growing selection of women’s slingbacks, you can find a pair for every season and every occasion-from stay-at-home clothes to wedding attire. What determines the slingback’s suitability is the design of the shoe, the material, the embellishments, and whether it contributes to the overall desired look with the outfit?
You need to look at the entire spectrum of occasions, and offer suggestions for pairing slingbacks with outfits for each occasion. If you feel the shoes complement your outfit and you feel comfortable wearing them, let your personal sense of style guide you. People judge others by first impressions, and watches, handbags and shoes play an important role in first impressions. Cut corners elsewhere, but never with your shoes. Regardless of the style you wear, ensure that your shoe are in A-1 condition, with perfect sol. Casual shoes should be kept in the same tip-top, shined-up and scuff-free shape as their dressier counterparts. Do not wear 4 inch heels with a pair of dress pants and sweater. Those types of shoes look better with a dress suit or pant suit.
For men business casual shoes should definitely not include tennis shoes. There is nothing tackier than a man in dress pants with a pair of tennis shoes on. Styles range from penny loafers to lace-ups, leaving lots for comfort and budget preferences. Make sure that the heels and the fabric is clean, the leather polished, or the suede brushed. Wearing these types of shoes to finish off your business casual look will make you GQ all the way.
The old saying, “People take on the character of the costume,” isn’t a myth. It’s because of this truth there should be more business than casual in a company’s “business casual.” If the male and female definitions seem too rigid, then complain to the person where the buck stops. Company owners tend to complain about the business casual attitudes that accompany casual day because they’ve watched them evolve over time. That is why it’s important to sustain the level of business consciousness dictated by the respective company.
On the other hand, companies that demand a high stress, quick-paced level of productivity from their staff regularly may find benefits of invoking a more casual attitude once a week. Perhaps in such a case, it would allow employees to begin their weekend feeling more relaxed and come back on Monday feeling more mentally prepared for the new work week.
Whether you are in business causal or not you need to always remember that you are still doing business no matter what kind of clothes you have on. You need not be ashamed if you run into your CEO or a client visiting the office. Be comfortable but keep in the back of your mind you are still at work. Your business casual shoes can be loafers or tie up shoes, heels or flats as long as they are clean and look nice and neat. Be comfortable yet still professional. That is business casual.
If you are a businessman or someone who has to wear dress shoes in your place of employment it is necessary to have at least a couple of pairs of quality footwear. Unlike women, men tend to not be concerned as much about their choice of shoes and tend to be lost when trying to find the right pair of shoes. Depending upon how dressy your job environment is you have several styles to choose from, here are a few things to consider that will help you make the right choice for your situation.
Since the average person tends to walk around three miles or so per day, the first thing you should be concerned with is comfort. How much padding do they have? Do they have a sturdy insole? If you have high arches you want a shoe that will rise up to support them. This is really the crucial consideration for comfort. Also, if you have a job that requires you to be on pavement or perhaps some other abrasive surface you may want to consider shoes with a Vibram sole which is a very comfortable rubber sole that is also resistant to abrasion and chemicals.
The durability of the footwear is another major consideration that needs to be looked at especially if you only have a couple of pairs of shoes that you will be wearing all the time. Whether you choose leather or rubber soles you want the shoes to have a high quality think sole. Inspect the stitching to be sure that it is tight and of good craftsmanship. The think soles not only help to make the shoes last longer but they also add to the comfort by absorbing some of the shock of repeated foot strikes.
In any business environment there are different categories of dress such as business casual or formal. If you work in a law office you will more than likely be required to wear something more formal in contrast to an automotive dealership or retail sales store where you may be able to get away with the business casual look. It is my personal opinion that all men should have at least three pairs of dress shoes in these colors; black, burgundy, and brown. These three colors will cover almost any color of pants that you would wear with them. Of course matching belts need to be purchased as well to coordinate with the footwear. Shoes can be dressed up or down depending on what they are worn with. A pair of kiltie slip on oxfords can be business casual or even more casual when worn with a pair of faded jeans.
You will probably agree that a watch is a very important thing in defining anyone’s style. No fancy suit can be complete without a trendy watch, so if you don’t have at least one by now, you must absolutely add it on your to-do list.
The latest in men’s fashion brings up a very large range of watches to choose from. Whether it is a watch with white face and a black leather or a stainless steel band, it will most surely brighten up your life. It can change your image for the better and you will feel more comfortable with yourself.
For the ones seeking attention and envious looks, a funky watchstrap will be more than enough to achieve your goals.
Bright, multicolored, nylon straps are popping up on watches everywhere, and make for a great sporty look to add to your jeans or track pants and sweatshirt. The strap can be made of nylon, for instance. Nothing will look nicer than a multicolored strap to add charm to your timepiece, not to mention the colors in the watch face! The only thing you must think about when buying such a watch is that you can never wear it to a business suit!
Should you choose leather for your watch, you can be certain that you have made the right decision. Leather seems to be the king of the fashion world, whether it is in the form of jackets or pants and of course, as a watchstrap. You may also combine a leather watchstrap with a leather wristband!
If you want to be misterious and interesting touch to your evening outfit, you can choose to conceal the time with a popular watch that features a face covered by a steel flap. Not to speak about adding an element of originality to your timepiece! The main point is that no matter if you decide upon a stainless steel or leather strap, this style is a very good way to hide your true intentions.
Not sure whether to choose a classical or a modern watch? You can have them both! The modern watches are not a bit like the ones we are used to. Their face shape and time display can be very strange at first glance, but what does it matter when your only purpose is standing out from the crowd?
For your business casual look, a tan strap gives a watch a more casual appearance, while the shape and style of the face will lend it a modern and minimalist appeal.