Clothing has tremendous power, from helping us to express ourselves to asserting self-confidence and strength.
Today, men no longer have to dress formally for every occasion. Nowadays, there are plentiful opportunities to attend events in jeans and dine out in casual wear, and sometimes, it's great to feel comfortable.
However, we still think there are many reasons why men should dress up to dine, and here's why…
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
We dine out for many different reasons - from lunches with colleagues to family meals, first dates, and networking dinners. So on the occasions where you are dining with people you have not met before, it's essential to make a good first impression.
People are wired to formulate their initial opinion of someone before they've spoken to them. With this in mind, your attire and the way you carry yourself are essential.
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS 'OVERDRESSED.'
As a legendary author, Oscar Wilde once said, "You can never be overdressed or overeducated," and we couldn't agree more. We're not saying wear a tuxedo to a BBQ, but we believe it's better to be overdressed than underdressed when it comes to dining out.
Wearing formal attire to restaurants and bars has multiple advantages. First, if you're at an event hosted by a friend or colleague, your attire sartorially honors the effort they have made. Additionally, you won't feel the pang of embarrassment from being dressed too casually because you assumed it would be a more laid-back evening.
DRESSING UP ALLOWS YOU TO THINK DIFFERENTLY.
It's common knowledge that when you look good, you're more likely to feel good. Likewise, suiting up to dine helps you feel more confident and ready to take on the day/evening ahead.
Research also suggests that wearing formal clothes makes people think more broadly and holistically, opening them to new ideas and challenges. It also encourages people to use abstract processing more readily than concrete thinking.
So there you have it, our top three reasons to dress up and dine. Whether you're at a business brunch, dining at a swanky new restaurant, or at a livestream venue, put on your favorite jacket and tie and feel great.
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