One of my main pieces of advice is to be ready to mingle anytime, anywhere. As a result, we should always try to be dressed with this thinking in mind. You never know when and where you could meet someone that might be noticing how you dress. This brings me to my tip for today:
MINGLE TIP #35: MEN: WEAR COLLARED SHIRTS (AND OTHER FASHION TIPS)
(1) Wear a collared shirt as much as possible. T-shirts are fine for relaxing around the house. When you are out in the public, though, you should at least look decent. You never know when you might run into someone interesting and wish you were dressed a little nicer.
(2) Avoid wrinkles. I am not proud to admit this, but I am not even sure where the iron is in my house. That is how long ago it's been since I used it. But you can definitely pay a little attention to drying, hanging, and folding your clothes after you wash them. Too many wrinkles make you look sloppy.
(3) Avoid wearing the white t-shirt under the polo. 1986 called. It wants its wardrobe back.
(4) Don't wear white tennis shoes. White tennis shoes are for 1980s rappers and tennis players. If you are a tennis shoe wearer and you aren't exercising, do yourself a favor and find a little color.
(5) Keep your dress shoes clean/polished. What?! Two tips about shoes?! That's right, many women pay a lot more attention to your shoes than you might realize. Don't fight it. Accept it. But hey! My eyes are up here!
Don't misunderstand--I'm not saying you should be dressing up in your most formal clothes every time you go out to the grocery store. Far from it. That would be getting too close to the ugly "try-hard" approach to mingling that I criticize so much. I am simply suggesting that you prepare yourself for the possibility of meeting a stranger that might notice what you are wearing.
I know what some of you may be thinking--"Hey, the person I want will not care about such superficial things as what I am wearing. I should be able to wear whatever I want. Beauty is on the inside, buddy." All of that may be true. But why risk it? First impressions may not even always be conscious decisions.
So, if you are breaking any or all of these rules and wondering why you aren't making good impressions, it may be time to make a change. Don't feel bad. Just be aware of what you are doing...
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