In the chaotic world of shirts, trousers, blazers, jackets, suits and ties, it can often be difficult to arrive at a semi-formal look. With people accidentally dressing up either too much or not enough, the true meaning of the phrase has somehow become shrouded in a cloud of ambiguity. However, contrary to popular belief, it is possible to achieve that elusive look and arrive at your next event in the perfect semi-formal outfit, without breaking a sweat. All you have to do is follow the guidelines outlined below.
Roll it Up!
Although many of us have come across our fair share of men roaming around with their sleeves rolled up (an oh-so-subtle attempt to show off muscles), the practice of rolling up the ends of your semi-formal trousers is traditionally less encountered. Even so, don’t let this stop you! This clever trick automatically dials down the intensity of the outfit and helps you project a more cool and confident vibe. Always remember this works best with closed shoes, preferably loafers. On the other hand, never forget that doing this while wearing socks completely ruins the aesthetic appeal of the outfit. However, if pulled off right, this simple move manages to strike the delicate balance between overdressed and underdressed.
Experiment with Different Styles
Don’t be afraid to try new styles and learn through trial and error! For example, you could attempt to attain that flawless semi-formal look by simply doing away with the conventional jacket and leaving the first two buttons of your shirt open. Another option could be buttoning only the middle button of your jacket, allowing your shirt to be visible at the top and bottom. This sophisticated style is the perfect blend of formal and casual, instantly lending any gentleman adopting this practice a dapper, dashing and debonair look. Other style choices include wearing a suit without a tie or opting for a smart blazer instead.
For The Bold
Fancy yourself a daredevil? Well, here’s the perfect opportunity to sport a bolder look. For your next event, put on a shirt and blazer, as you usually do, but with shorts instead of trousers. Although this may seem slightly risqué, when done right, this outfit will elevate your status to trendsetter and put you ahead of the game. Just remember to take the type of occasion you’re going to be attending into consideration. Opt for a neutral color like white or beige while choosing your shorts and you should be good to go!
Add a Personal Touch
The last, and perhaps most crucial, element to obtaining your semi-formal look is accessorising. For instance, a multi-colored tie can manage to make you look effortlessly spruce and spiffy when paired with the correct outfit. Another possible option is a pair of sunglasses. These work well because they complement almost all outfit types. Other conceivable alternatives include elegantly-draped scarves and fedoras.
While styling your next outfit, ensure you only follow up to two suggestions at a time to avoid looking too casual. That being said, feel free to go a little crazy as you mix and match contrasting colors and try to find your personal perfect semi-formal style. The most important thing is learning what works best for you and going from there. So go forth and try new things and let us know what works for you and what doesn’t in the comments section below. Now go and get ready to walk into your next party with aplomb!