How to Dress for an Office BBQ

April 10, 2017

Different situations require a different dress code, and so your wardrobe has to be full of dynamic attire in order to step up to any occasion. But don’t worry, dressing to impress for any given situation is not as daunting as it may seem. It can actually be quite fun if you know what you’re doing and you have a solid dressing plan in your mind.



Poolside Barbecue

When to going to a summer pool barbecue party, you want to look cool and aloof while still being respectful of your colleagues and your boss. This means leaving your “wife-beater” at home and wearing a nice V-neck T-shirt with a plain blue flannel shirt on top. Sport some stylish flip-flops along with a pair of brightly coloured shorts, or chinos if you have chicken legs, and finish off the look with a pair of aviator sunglasses and a fedora to match.


Not only will this style make you look cool at all times, but it will reflect your outgoing personality outside the office as well. Be sure to accessorise with a beaded or leather bracelet, for a personal touch.




Going to the woods?

A barbecue in the woods is a very popular team building activity among companies, and an ever-growing number of businesses are taking their employees on designated weekend hiking, barbecuing and bonding activities in the nature.

When going into the woods, you want to be practical and stylish at the same time. Let’s face it, you should opt for the lumberjack look whenever you have the chance, and a woodland barbecue is the perfect opportunity.


To look like a lumberjack ready to fight off a grizzly bear and whip up some diner in the process, be sure to wear some military-grade high-top boots, preferably in mahogany colour, with a pair of sturdy, dark-blue jeans. If it’s warm enough, wear a simple black or grey t-shirt with a red checkered shirt on top and don’t forget to roll up your sleeves just below your elbows.


Top it all off with a pair of sunglasses and a beanie and you’ll be the manliest lumberjack since Wolverine.



How about a restaurant barbecue?

This is the perfect opportunity to show off your unique casual attire you never got the chance to wear at the office, while still staying within the dress code parameters of the restaurant. Depending on the restaurant, you will want to scale up or down your casual appearance.


If you’re going to a fancy restaurant, stick with a suit and a tie, something colourful and playful (the tie, not the suit), with personal accessories like a playful pocket square, crazy socks and some bracelets to match. However, don’t wear all the accessories at the same time - you don’t want to look like a clown.


On the other hand, if the restaurant in question is a true barbecue joint designed for noisy people who spill their drinks and don’t worry much about it, you can go all in and accessorise as much as you want, while wearing a simple pair of jeans and a fitted V-neck t-shirt with some brown, manly boots. Don’t forget to wear a watch and a belt, because no situation ever gives a man permission not to wear them.


A very fancy barbecue

Hey, you can’t pick your boss. And if you have the type of boss who scheduled a black-tie barbecue event, then you should dress accordingly, and worry about the bbq sauce stains later. Make sure you always have a couple of perfect black suits that will complement your physique and conceal your less-attractive physical characteristics.


Remember, you can never be too well-dressed, so your suit has to fit perfectly, and you have to pay attention to every detail such as your cufflinks, bowtie and your neck collar, down to the shine of your shoes.


Lastly, remember to always be a gentleman and never go full “dude”. Also, always show dignity, modesty and confidence with plenty of charm and you will be the life of the party.



Features Writer; Peter Minkoff

Peter is a a men's grooming & fashion writer at The Beard Mag & High Street Gent magazines from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe! His future plans are in creating a personal blog for men's grooming!


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