25 Style Lessons From Guys At Tech Conferences

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1. A fleece sweater-vest adds a nice touch of gray to your T-shirt that’s already earth-toned.

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2. A cool headset mic will make you feel like Taylor Swift and forget about your middle-aged whiteness.

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3. If a conference has its own logo swag, put it all on IMMEDIATELY.

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4. If you’re going to wear dad jeans, *strictly* stick with boot-cut.

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5. Wear all your favorite things at once.

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6. Black is edgy, slimming, and matches your laptop. A win-win-win.

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7. Head-to-toe black says confidence. Head-to-toe black says innovation.

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8. You can never wear TOO much all black. It will never make you look like a weird vampire.

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9. No shoes look as good as Crocs feel.

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But if you’re Danny Devito, you’re allowed to liberate your feet anyway.

10. Pasting a white nametag on a black top lends a totally on-trend monochromatic contrast.

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11. If you’re underdressed, it’s OK. Just laugh it off and no one will notice.

12. Coordinate button-down colors with your presentation partner so you don mutually flattering shades of milquetoast pastel.

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13. There’s no event too sophisticated for a power fedora.

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14. Upstage your buddy’s bold tee with a logo hat and shirt combo.

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15. But a plain tee lets everyone know that you’re simply there to chill.

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16. Need an easy way to stand out? Opt for the pre-recession “cardigan draped over the shoulders” banker look.

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Extra fashion clout if you mix it with a power plaid.

17. Layering is SO chic right now.

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18. It’s 2013, but that doesn’t mean the baggy grunge look can’t be applied to a suit.

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19. Always coordinate with your buddies to ensure a complementary color palette.

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20. Wearing sports memorabilia makes people realize that even though you’re at a tech thing, you’re “cool” and “in touch with the rest of the world.”

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21. If you’re going to stick with the cliched hoodie, remember the motto: 50 shades of gray.

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22. Williamsburg is NOT dead.

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23. And always perform this self-evaluation: 1) Are you wearing a vest?

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24. 2) If not, go back to your hotel room ASAP.

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25. 3) Put on vest and return to your couture-level flow.

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