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What to Wear for a Dressy Occasion

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You've got your everyday and casual looks down, but what about an occasion that calls for a dressier look? Do you know how to take things up a notch and put together a more elegant look?

It can be really tough for a stylish guy to put together a dressy look when so much of what's available looks pretty similar. You can easily end up blending in with everybody else. The key to putting together a good dressy outfit is in the details. Invest in a pair of good cuff links, an interesting pocket square, a cool tie or a pair of specialty socks. These are the things that keep you from looking innocuous at an occasion where all the men are wearing suits. At the same time, don't go overboard -- too manystandout accessories and you'll end up looking like you're trying too hard or worse! And if you haven't already, invest in two good suits -- one for cool weather and one for warm. Ditto for a pair of quality shoes that will go with both suits. Don't forget to apply a little cologne, but be conservative. Just enough to top things off without being oppressive or overwhelming.

If you're attending with a date, coordinate with her before the event. You don't want to end up in clashing colors, plus it's impressive when a couple's outfits coordinate, as long as it's not too obvious.

One last tip: Prepare in advance so you don't end up having to wear a suit that smells like mothballs or that needs alterations since the last time you wore it. Make sure that your shoes are shined and your shirt is freshly washed, ironed and ready to wear. Remember -- it's all in the details!

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