Formal Business Attire for Men

Formal business attire for men is very strictly defined in many organizations. The very common business attire includes a business suit with a white or light colored cuffed shirt and a conservative tie. In India, office formal wear has been reduced from a suit to only light shirt and suit pants due to humid conditions and cost.

The minimum employers expect at interviews or at workplace is a standard plain collared, full sleeves shirts in combination with cotton pants, simple belt, plain tie, wrist watch and preferably short hair (without any gaudy dyes).

Casual and funky look only represents your careless or carefree attitude, which makes you undeserving for the job. Make sure that you remain simple and most importantly dignified, which automatically conveys that you are calm, passionate and intelligent enough to handle the job. It is better to let your dress do the talk before you do, in the interviews.

Here are some basic points of a business formal dressing for men:

What is required Unacceptable
  • Proper grooming
  • Long hair styles, unshaved (except moustache)
  • Head covers that are compulsorily required for religious purposes or to honor cultural tradition are allowed – Sikhs. However, knife is a problematic. Optional things worn on special occasions are not recommended
  • Caps are not appropriate in the office
  • Clothing should be ironed and never wrinkled
  • Torn, dirty, or frayed clothing is unacceptable
  • Cotton or synthetic material pants are acceptable
  • Jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants, shorts, other form-fitting pants etc.
  • Plain, decent clothing
  • Decent belt
  • Any clothing that has words, terms, or pictures
  • Belt with flashy buckle
  • Collared shirt either, plain, striped or small checks etc.
  • Un-collared, huge collared shirts, many designs, big checks, embroidery etc.
  • OK, if very top button of shirt is opened
  • Second-from-the-top button is opened in addition to the very top button
  • Full sleeves shirt (preferred)
  • Sleeves folded
  • Conservative leather shoes (preferably with lace). Office shoes are slightly better looking black leather school uniform shoes.
  • Black or brown leather shoe (depending on the color of the dress) are widely accepted
  • Backless shoes
  • Not wearing socks
  • Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, flip-flops, slippers, sandals or any casual shoe

Also read about:
Formal Business Attire – Why Employers Insist for Job Interviews?
Formal Business Attire for Women

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  1. Nipun

    Truly useful.

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