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Menswear formality for beginner

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Video transcript:

Hello there! Welcome back to my channel!

I’m Phu, founder of Aventail.

In today’s video, I’ll introduce to you about the meaning of clothes formality.

  • What is formality

Back when we had hierarchy societies, clothes signaled what class you belonged to, what was your position in the pyramid, what trade you belonged to. One can spot from a mile away if a person is a peasant, merchant, soldier, or 3rd ranked bureaucrat… We also had important events and places that in order to attend, we have to wear more elaborated clothes to fit in. The higher position a person holds, the more important event, the more sacred place, the more elaborated the clothes of that person is required. That is the definition of formality: the set of rules you have to follow according to level of importance of either the person, the time, or the place. Now the world is flat, everyone is equal before the law, but formality still holds for the time, the place and your position in the pyramid, whatever that pyramid is.

  • Why care about formality

Human society is an ordered society. We place higher and lower value for time, place, position. Only when we know our place in the society can we contribute to it, benefit from it, and may climb up the social pyramid when time comes. A man who doesn’t care about social order signals to everyone in an ordered society that he is a lawless, reckless idiot, who don’t deserve even the lowest position in the pyramid. In order to respect social order, you are required to respect the rules, behaviors, etiquette, and yes, clothes formality.

  • Which system of men’s wear formality

Different cultures have different set of men’s wear that suit the different formality occasions. If you are in the military, you can’t wear a business suit to a military parade. When visiting certain pagodas, you have to remove your shoes no matter of who you are. It’s always wise to research beforehand about the event that you attend, the place dress code, and what to be expected of a person in your position. That’s said, with the wide spread of western clothes, most parts of the world have accepted a common dress code and formality system that can be applied everywhere, from Europe to Asia, from America to India… This video will introduce the formality system of western clothes, and some variants.

  • Casual clothes

Casual is the lowest formality level. Here you can find anything and everything under the sun: t-shirt, polo, jean, chino, sport wear, leather jackets… Basically if you wear it and it’s comfortable, looks good to your eye, it’s good enough. However, you are still in public place, and there are still some rules even with casual wear. You should wear clothes that cover your private part and as much of your underwear as possible. Your armpit, your chest, and belly should be covered as well. If you have a not very flattering body shape, you should wear clothes that reduce the body flaws as much as possible. That is a general rule, every detail is up to you. You can wear casual clothes when you are in public place and the time and place is not important enough for a more formal outfit.

  • Business casual clothes

If you have an office job, you are expected to wear business casual outfit. Because the importance of the place and time, you are here to work with someone to provide value to someone, it requires a more formal outfit. At the basic, you are expected to wear at least formal shirt, trouser and leather shoe. Depend on your rank and culture, you are expected to wear sport jacket, blazer, or a suit as well. But, in some other places, if you wear any jacket, it may be perceived as too pretentious, so a sweater or bare shirt can be an alternative. In some office job, like software engineer, wearing casual clothes to work became the norm, but if you wear business casual, the more power to you. When you are properly dressed, everyone will know that you respect the work, the time, and will get the job done. That can be more important than getting the job done itself.

  • Formal clothes

Every once in a while, you will attend a formal event. It will be an important meeting, a wedding, funeral, or even press conference, parliament meeting… Here the cultures diverse, so your experience may vary. In the west, beside business suit, there are also black tie and white tie dress code, which is more formal then business suit, and you should adhere if you attend one. In other western influenced places, the business suit is as formal as it gets. However, in some places, wearing a western suit when you are in a government seat is frown upon. In some places, funerals mean dark color clothes, other places, white ones are required. So, for the safest option, you should have at least one business suit, and adapt per situation.

  • Difference between income

With all those rules, not everyone can always adhere to them. People have various income levels, when they can’t follow a dress code simply because that’s not affordable to them, that’s OK. If you go to a place where most people wear cheaper clothes, it’s advised that you dress down as well to avoid alienate them. But if you can afford to wear appropriate clothes, and the event call for a certain dress code, you should follow, no excuse. The rule for oneself is always stricter than the rule for others.

  • The casualization of men’s wear

As society changes, culture changes as well. What was deemed casual in last century became formal wear today. Who knows, maybe someday your sweat pant and t-shirt will become men’s wear classic. People may wear tracksuit to court room. But for now, have a suit in your closet, you will need it.

That’s why we develop the Aventail belt, this is a 35mm holeless premium belt, suitable for both casual and formal occasion.

You can see the demonstration video link in the description.

The belt is available in dozens of colors, link in the description.

Have a nice day and see you in the next video.

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