Is career success important to you?
When building your wardrobe for evenings and weekends that’s worth keeping in mind.
It wasn’t until recently that I completely changed my approach to casual style.
The reason for doing so is actually quite simple.
The image that I was creating with trendy clothes didn’t line up with the professional vision I have for myself.
The problem with trendy items like joggers is that they’re only relevant for a moment before something else takes their place.
It’s much easier to create casual outfits with clothes that stand the test of time. The biggest benefit is that you won’t have to replace them as frequently.
One point that I made a few months ago with a client was that the chances of running into somebody from work are pretty high when you’re running errands or out for dinner.
This really hit home with him especially since he works in sales.
Even when “he’s off the clock” a deal can come in and he needs to be prepared.
Rather than risk running into clients while being underdressed, he decided to change his approach to casual style all together.
In this case he was well put together from 9 to 5 during Monday to Friday which is great!
The issue was getting dressed for evenings and weekends.
You might be thinking, “What’s the problem here? He’s away from the office and he’s free to do what he wants in his personal life.”
You’re right but even though you’re away from work people will still form opinions about your appearance whether they realize it or not. Psychologists refer to this as Thin Slicing.
The risk being that you may create the impression that who you are in the office isn’t authentic.
That’s why when you’re building a casual wardrobe it would be wise to consider…
Maintaining a professional image
Ask yourself, “Will this be consistent with how I’d like to be perceived?”
It’s really that simple.
So if your dress-code at work is business casual then a simple button-up shirt or knit sweater is a great way to maintain a that image on the weekends.
Now you might be saying “It’s the weekend and the last thing I want to think about is work!”
You make a valid point but if career success is important to you, it’s worth keeping your image aligned with your ambition.
Remember that a casual wardrobe can be worn to dinner at a friend’s house, on dates, or even when you’re running errands.
So consider saving the Jack Daniels T-shirts and Corona caps for when you’re doing chores at home.
Though there’s nothing wrong with clothes like that, they may not create the impression that you’re aiming for.
Maintaining a professional image doesn’t mean that you need to suppress your personality. There’s subtle ways of doing so and that’s what makes style so personal.
Communicate who you are without having to say a word
At work there’s dress-codes to stick to but what about when you’re off the clock?
There really isn’t any rules to play by when it comes to casual style. This could be its greatest strength but it could also be it’s greatest drawback.
How’s a guy supposed to decide what to wear when there’s an overwhelming amount of options available?
Once again this is where your personal brand comes into consideration. Style gives you the power to express certain qualities about yourself that may not always be made clear.
With that being the case you have the freedom to wear clothes like leather jackets, crewneck sweaters, dark denim, and sneakers all of which can reflect aspects of your personality.
Leather jackets for example have often been associated with people who have a rebellious, rock-star or biker personality.
Sneakers can immediately dress down a formal outfit and create the impression that though this guy presents himself in a professional manner, he doesn’t take himself TOO seriously. This can actually make you appear more approachable too.
No matter which route you take to casual style, think of it as a form of expression.
Personal style allows you to tell others who you are and what you’re about without having to open your mouth.
Casual style, when done right, can be an extension of your professional image while highlighting certain traits about your personality.
A great mindset hack for this is to picture yourself walking through a busy place like a mall or office building and you cross paths with someone you know but don’t get a chance to talk.
How would you like to be perceived in those few seconds?
Hopefully you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.
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