What the hell do I wear for a first date? Interview? Summer wedding?

When it comes to day to day living, most men put very little thought into what they are going to wear. There are far more important things to think about like what is for lunch or what the new intern will be wearing. For most men, it would be strange to take the time to actually think about what they will wear.

What most men do not realize is that dressing right puts you in the game. It elevates your mood, sets you in motion and puts you in a positive mood. There is no need to go peacock, just maybe a clean shirt, pressed trousers and some shoes that have been shined. Is that too much to ask for?

What is very strange is that this same Neanderthal man gets really concerned when a scheduled event takes place. Be it a first date, an interview or a wedding, men wake up and finally ask, ‘What do I wear?’ We sat back with the boys at the Lodge and discussed the options: age, lifestyle, and personal style are all factored in. Today there are very few steadfast rules when it comes to dressing for an occasion. However, taste and style are still relevant.

A first date, according to Max Hirsch, 26, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

According to Max, a first date always takes place in a low-key, casual setting. “You know, I don’t want to set the bar too high right off the bat…’cause I don’t roll like that”. Glad my daughter has so much to look forward to. In my time, dating was an art form. These days, it’s just too easy so there is no real effort put into the process.

Max says, “A cool leather jacket, a tee shirt, trousers and a pair of vans.”

An Interview, according to VK Nagrani, 43, New York, NY.

VK has only been on a few interviews and he said, “I never got the job.” It would be far fetched to assume it was his clothing that hindered him from cubicle hell, so it would be fair to assume it was his personality.

VK says, “For men seeking a white collar job, you cannot go wrong with a well-fitted navy single-breasted suit. Put on a white shirt, a solid tie and some decent shoes with laces. Make sure your hands are groomed and clean. Unsightly hands are never welcome. If you shave, shave with intention and make sure no patches and if you have a beard, keep it groomed. In this case, do not wear our suit, it would surely send the wrong message.”

A summer wedding, according to Drew Brando, 30, Harlem, NY.

With wedding season in full bloom, we wanted to know what Drew Brando, Stylist at VKNAGRANI, recommended. As a wedding guest, it is important to dress well and enhance the atmosphere of the couple’s special event.

Drew says, “Follow the invitation. If the invite is formal, you need to dress formal. It is always better to err on the side of over dressed. If the message is not clear, here are a few of my suggestions. For beach weddings, a great linen shirt, well fitted trousers, loafers and a light weight jacket. For receptions that are not specified as ‘black tie’ a well fitted double-breasted suit, shirt and tie. Keep it clean and classy, kids.”

My work is about far more than creating clothing and a responsibility to myself, the consumer and the human existence. I do not design clothing, I engineer a wardrobe that offers versatility, function and sophistication. I am more focused on raising the bar and creating a timeless aesthetic. Trends are futile. For those that seek the exquisite, you will truly enjoy my work. After all, it was created with you in mind.​​

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