Dressing Up for a Conference: When In Doubt, Add a Suit Jacket


Whether you’re invited to an industry conference or go on your own, dressing appropriately can make or break your networking experience. With major events, the way you dress speaks to who you are. Here are some tips to help you stand out:

1. Dress to the Conference

Keep in mind that different industries have different dress codes. A gathering of health insurers is going to have a very different dress code than a teachers conference, and a techie’s conference will have a very different atmosphere than a banker’s. This is one of the few times where overdressing can be a detriment, making you stand out like a sore thumb if an entire convention is keeping things business casual. Know your audience.

2. You Don’t Need To Go Full Suit

This is really two tips–the first being you can look great without a suit, particularly with more casual conferences. Consider accentuating your suit if you do have to wear one. Two different examples: If the dress code is more casual, a blue sweater vest, gray slacks, and a smart tie can make you stand out from the crowd while still looking appropriate. If you’re wearing a suit, a bow tie can make you stand out from the regular businessman crowd.

3. Don’t Wear Too Much

This may sound like an odd comment, but make sure what you’re wearing is comfortable, and you’re not using too many layers. Making this mistake means sweating up a storm during the many meet-and-greets you’ll face, so you’ll want to make sure that whatever outfit you have on is light and airy to deal with the day ahead.

4. When In Doubt, Add a Suit Jacket

No matter if the code is casual, business casual, or full suit, having a jacket handy can let you easily increase or decrease the level of professionalism. Our advice is to keep a suit jacket on you at all times that you can easily slip into if you find your underdressed, or leave in the bag if you’re blending right in.

If you’re in need of a suit jacket for an upcoming conference, or any other men’s apparel, visit Karako Suits today!


Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on July 16, 2017.


Using Patterns Effectively


While we’ve touched on patterns in your suit before, for the next two weeks we want to take a deeper look at the do’s-and-don’ts of pattern pairing, and how you can use clashing patterns to make your suit look that much more stylish. Here are a few points to keep in mind:

1. Do you have carryover between patterns?

Let’s use a simple example: You have a solid colored shirt, but a striped tie. How do you ensure these will go together? Well, a simple way is to ensure that the smaller stripe on the tie matches the color of your shirt, that way the rest of the stripes act as a “pop” of color, while the matching color in the tie pairs them both together.

However, we can go a little further with this example: You could also have a tie with complimentary stripes to the shirt. For example, if your shirt is blue, a great choice may be to have have a pink/white striped tie, as they each pop off each other well.

2. What if the shirt is patterned?

You have many options from here, but let’s start simple: If you have patterned shirt and can’t tell if you could get away with another pattern, then you should make sure to have a solid-colored tie. It’s the simplest way to avoid accidentally mis-matching patterns.

Alternatively, if you have a subtle shirt pattern a tie with a bolder pattern will play off each other nicely. The key is balance. If one aspect is bold and brash, the other can’t be as well, or you’ll wind up looking like a clown.

3. Striped vs. checkered?

So, let’s get this out of the way: Very rarely will it be okay to combine a striped and checkered piece of your outfit. Oftentimes the contrasting lines wind up looking like a mess, and coordinating an outfit with those two requires some great dress skills which take some time to acquire.

If you’re leaning on a type of pattern to try out, go with checkered. A checkered pattern can pair easily with solids to give your outfit some texture without the interesting effects stripes can sometimes have on your body.

Of course, these are just the simple tips–next week we dive into some of the bigger nuances of style. If you need a great outfit to impress, don’t forget to check out our selection at Karako Suits.


Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on May 21, 2017.