Always Dress the Part

How much attention do you give to your appearance? If you are a woman, I know the answer; but if you are a man, I bet it is “not much.” I am here to change your tune. I believe in dressing well in the appropriate garb for the occasion. I don‘t mean just a different tee or pair of jeans. It comes down to a matter of expense for guys. They would rather spend any available bucks on entertainment, sports events, or food. Maybe on dates, but that has a lower priority. It is time for the male species to get clued in on another side of life. Once you enjoy the comments that will come your way, you will be hooked. Most importantly, women like men who are well dressed almost without exception, but they are fighting a losing battle. Go to any nice restaurant on date night and you will find beautiful women wearing a good deal of makeup and the latest trend. They look fabulous. Their dates are sporting denim, a plain shirt if they are lucky, and flip flops. Horrors!

Men complain that fancy duds make them uncomfortable. This is a poor excuse. Nice clothes are not designed to rein you in. Plus, they are not always prohibitive in cost. With some research and knowledge, you can look like a million for pennies. There are vintage shops, discount stores, and seasonal sales all of the time. You just have to have the motivation. I started to pay attention to clothes when I had to wear the right attire for sports. I had to wear knee and ankle supports and it took a while to find just the right kind, but I finally found them in this magazine article: The point is that I spent time on my selection. Choosing a practical item is as important as a total look. You have to care about dressing the part.

When it comes to soccer ware, there are rules about the accoutrements of the game. You want the knee and ankle devices first and foremost to do their jobs. Depending upon the gear, advanced technology provides varying levels of compression to different areas of the knee, delivering support and comfort where needed the most. Reviews from places like Top Corner Magazine talk about ease of putting on and taking off the brace, its appearance, its degree of flexibility, and of course the overall design. They also mention a kind of weaving technique, a seamless structure, size availability, cost, and durability. Those with chronic pain find the knee sleeve to be essential for soccer practice. This is true for the ankle supports. The material is important as some people are allergic to fabrics like latex. You want a good fitting item made of ultra-breathable fabric. According to the reviews, the best ankle support comes from the proper degree of compression, without the4 heat retention of old-style neoprene products. The testimonials talk about ankle pain relief. Those with weak ankles, tendinitis, arthritis, or even bursitis will be pleased to get the right pair.

What Casual Friday Really Means for Guys

For some guys, casual Friday means going for comfort and letting down on standards for appearance. While the intention of this day of the week is to go for comfort and being a little more laid back, it doesn’t mean that professionalism goes out the window. There is still a need to look good and put your best foot forward. Believe it or not, you can dress down and still look great. Here’s what to do and what not to do on casual Fridays.

Ban on tasteless t-shirts

Unless you are wearing a company sponsored t shirt it’s generally a good idea to avoid going for your favorite old comfortable T. Go with a stylish top that is casual yet still classy. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it should present you in an attractive light. Avoid grunge as though it is the plague. In fact, avoid anything that looks sloppy, threadbare or is ill fitting. Instead choose a nice shirt that you feel very comfortable in that send the message that you are casually professional.

Pick the best pants

Casual Friday really doesn’t mean wear your sweats to work. If they’re not appropriate any other day of the week, they’re really not on casual friday either. If your company is relaxed you can probably get by with wearing a nice pair of dockers or even stylish jeans. So long as they are within acceptable boundaries, go for great fit, great looks and comfort. If your company is a suit and tie organization, the dockers or nice casual slacks may be your best option.

Don’t let down on shoes and socks

This is a good opportunity to dress down and wear comfortable shoes but they should still be in good repair, clean and suitable for the job you’ll be doing. Resist the urge to wear your well worn sneakers or a pair of flip flops for the simple reason that it can leave the impression that you’re a slob and you don’t care about your appearance. This can lead clients to think you don’t care about the business you’re conducting with them either so pay attention to the shoes that you choose. If you don’t have any suitable shoes that are comfortable it might be time to go out and buy a new pair for the occasion. There are many types of comfortable casual shoes out there and here’s your chance to wear them to work.

This isn’t the time to wear your comfortable old white sports socks. Try to make sure that your socks still match the pants that you are wearing if nothing more, for the sake of maintaining protocol. White socks stand out terribly when worn with dark pants or jeans and to be honest, this combination looks a little tacky.

Just a few simple observances can help you look forward to and enjoy casual Friday. Even if others come looking like they just left the gym, you can raise the bar for yourself and others. You don’t need to overdress or come across as an uptight nerd, but there’s no reason to let down your standards for appearance even when dressing casual. Bear in mind that casual business is a great mindset when it comes to dressing for casual Fridays.