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Do You Need to Know How to Dress for Business Meetings?

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Navigating your way through dress codes for different occasions can be risky. While you want to nail it and stand out from the crowd, you don’t want to miss the mark by being over or under-dressed. Need some help? Here’s our advice for this complex problem.

The mere mention of a formal meeting can make you panic or send you hunting for your tailor made men's suits or even your tuxedo. However, just relax. Now’s the time to suit up and project the professional image you’ve strived so hard to cultivate.

Formal meetings can be the easiest meetings to attend as the prescribed outfit is usually a "uniform" of some sort. You can probably take a few liberties with style options, but in general, the rules about what to wear are typically clearly defined.

You might be facing a formal affair like:

  • School formals
  • Weddings
  • Birthday or anniversary balls
  • Gala and other celebratory events

No matter what the occasion, the goal is the same: to build relationships and bonds through a proven, structured interaction. But, just because an occasion is "formal," you don't have to dress in black tie attire.


If you get it right on these four points, you’ll be on target at any event:

  • Perfectly fitted clothing
  • Well-groomed hair and nails
  • Classic, not trendy outfits
  • Polished shoes

Whether you’re wearing a suit or formal wear, it needs to fit well and look sharp. Your outfit should be clean and pressed with no stains or loose threads or buttons to spoil the look. If your hair needs trimmed, have it done about a week prior to the event. Polish your shoes to a high shine. Dress to the same level or slightly above that of the other attendees.

Why go to all this trouble? When you dress appropriately in social situations, you demonstrate your respect for tradition and for others. Everyone who attends a formal meeting plays a part in creating an atmosphere that defines the experience for all participants. Since your attire can enhance or detract from the atmosphere and everyone's experience, you owe it to yourself and others to put your best foot forward.

When you need helpdeciphering dress codes or putting together the "perfect" outfit, you need look no further. Our expert staff is always ready to help you suit up to perfection, no matter what the occasion. VisitMontagio Custom Tailoring for great formalwear info.

Original idea for article from Antonio Centeno, author of the internet's most actionable men's style guide. We recommend a read!

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