But, with the modernization of society and the growing fashion consciousness of the new generation today, clothing has crossed the boundary of ‘basic need’ and has become the fashion statement of the day.
Thus, today, dressing is different for different occasions. When you go to a party you should have the right dress. Similarly, when you attend an office meeting or go to your regular office, you should have a different dress code.
A person wearing a dress meant for office use, to a night club, will be laughed at, in the recent times. Thus, the popularity of electronic and print media and the consciousness of men and women have led to the emergence of different sets of dresses for different occasions.
Therefore, broadly categorizing, a formal dress is meant for office use and other formal occasions. Casual wears will be exclusively reserved for casual occasions. Events like parties, feasts, family and friend’ hangouts are some of the casual occasions that demand wearing of casual dresses strictly. What more, today, the scenario has changed even more. There are different sets of casual wear and formal wear for different categories of casual and formal events respectively.
Now, if we concentrate only on formal dressing and aspects involving it, many of us might get confused while selecting the perfect formal wear for the perfect occasion.
Again, many of us might not have the right knowledge of what are the major criteria to look for while shopping for the perfect formal wear for ourselves. Let us have an idea of the things we should look for in selecting formal wears.
The material of the dress
The most important thing we must look for is the material of the fabric of which a particular formal dress is made of. In selecting the material, the most important of the things that need to be taken into consideration are the comfort level of the person wearing it and the typical formal occasion for which the dress is being bought.
For instance, you might be a person living in the topical country. While going to buy a formal suit length for yourself, you can come across such an item made of wool tweed, which is very heavy and warm. It might be beautiful, but you have to think if it is really wearable in the climate you live in or it will get simply stacked in your wardrobe.
Likewise, while going to buy a shirt for your regular office wear, it would be totally wrong if you settle down on a denim shirt or one made of shimmery and glittery fabrics.
Not only that, you have to think if the formal occasion is a conference you are supposed to attend in particular or it is going to be a regular office wear. In case it is for a conference, never intend to buy patterned fabrics. A plain, comfortable fabric will be more suitable for such occasions. In case of your daily office wear, you are at a liberty to wear patterned fabrics, having soft tonal patterns or formal stripes or checks.
Texture of the fabric
The next important fabric you are supposed to look for is the texture of the formal dress. Here, the most important aspect that needs to be given priority is the personal comfort. You might find a formal shirt that is perfect for your daily office wear in summer. But it might be too hard, that can make you uncomfortable when you wear it for regular wear.
Similarly, a pair of trousers from a reputed brand of formals, that you might have intended to buy, may be slightly hairy in texture or too softer in feel. This can make you feel itchy or it might not have the perfect, crisp drape when you wear them to your office.
Look for the accurate formal wear pattern
Next essential thing to consider when you plan to buy a formal wear for yourself is the fit of the dress. It must have the right cut and pattern that is utmost significant. For instance, a pair of trousers that you may find extremely attractive needs to be simply rejected if it has the slightest flair at its hemline.
Similarly, a shirt that might have the right colors, fabrics and texture for a formal wear might be just unsuitable if it has two lines of stitch, running parallel, across the shoulders, sleeves, sleeve cuffs etc.
All these things never fall in the exact criteria of a basic formal wear. Another shirt with all these basic things fulfilled, might just fall out of place it has drooping collars, broad yolk at back or a broad cuff.
Consider the fit according to your body structure
It is quite often seen that there are people who go for big names while shopping for their dresses, where, formal wears also, do not become an exception. In such shopping what majority of the people neglect is that whether such dresses get fitted to their body perfectly or not.
It is very important to realize that every brand has a specific fit and cut. So, the same size of one brand can have a different contour in comparison to the exactly similar size of another brand.
As a result what we get to see is that, even though some people wear formal wears from designer brands, but their tummy gets protruded out awkwardly or the trousers seem to cut down the flesh of their butts just like anything.
There are women too, who seem to struggle with their office shorts, which tend to diminish their breasts or make their love handles prominent. It might even happen that some of them might discard a costly set of formals simply because after the buy they discover it does not fit well.
In summarization what we can say is that carefully look for the fit of the dress before making a final decision. In case if you need, you can also have a physical trial done, of the formals you intend to buy, to have a clearer picture of how is it looking on you. As a consequence, when you buy the formal, you will never regret anymore.