Formal fashion and first impressions

26 May 2017
Formal fashion and first impressions
First impressions are crucial for any given event and can often lead to people developing an opinion of you before you’ve even had a chance to talk. Much of a person’s first impression often comes from the way we carry ourselves and the way in which we present ourselves, that’s why it’s important you dress well and look the part to ensure nothing but positive impressions are drawn from you from the very first sight.
We’ve looked at what you can do to make the right first impressions for a whole host of occasions.

Dress well

It should go without saying, but you need to make sure you’re not only dressed well but also dressed appropriately for the event. For example, if you’re going to a formal networking event then business attire is a must, similarly a first date in a swanky restaurant should be matched with a sharp outfit.
To add to this dressing well isn’t solely about what you wear and how you pair it up, but also how it fits. You could be dressed in designer garments made from the finest fabrics, but if they’re ill-fitting then you’ll find yourself at odds trying to look good. This is often the case for people who don’t have what may be classed as a “regular” body shape. For example, men who are slim and have long limbs can find it a struggle buying off-the-rack tops which are fitted around the torso while also being adequate in length on the arms.
Tailored garments can help to overcome this and offer the perfect solution of ensuring your clothes not only provide the best possible fit, but also in many cases flatter your body more so than readymade alternatives.

Accessorise with class

Accessories need to be well thought out when teaming them up with formal outfits, and as mentioned above they need to be suited to the event in question. There isn’t a set rule on how you should team up your accessories to your outfit, but in many cases the best look will be determined by what you wear and the occasion itself.
So, which pieces of accessories should you be considering. Well accessories can stem from ties and cufflinks to watches and belts, so we could spend all day going into depth about each one. We’ve got a few short guides which you can peruse through and get a better idea of.
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If you still fee you need help then get in touch with us via our social media pages or send us an email.

Serve it all up with an air of confidence

Confidence and charisma are priceless when it comes to polishing off your look. While they’re traits which are natural to some yet not so much for others, it’s something that can be worked on, and to a degree even faked if you know what to do. For example walking with a straight posture, making eye contact and greeting with a firm enough handshake.
It’s always good to keep in mind that you’ll be wanting to come off as being confident and approachable as opposed to cocky. There’s a fine line between the 2, especially when you’re dressed to impress.

Final words

So, there you have a few pointers to keep in mind when trying to make the right first impressions. Remember that when you believe you look good then chances are you’ll also feel good which should naturally give you more of an upbeat demeanour. Now it’s just a matter of making sure you say the right things!
 
Abbas Mahmood
Abbas Mahmood
As a lifelong purveyor of fashion, Abbas has been writing for Hemingway Tailors for 2 years, keeping readers up to date with style trends and delivering a regular insight into the world of tailoring.
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