First of all, a guy needs to step back for a few minutes take a sobering look at his role. Whether it’s work or a wedding, being late is going to have situational and relative differences. These variances should dictate all the other tips that follow this one, including how late to show up, what to wear, and what to bring.
Assuming the man in question hasn’t already established a clear pattern of tardiness, and this is a rare event, take the situation seriously regardless of how serious it is. Upon arrival, make sure everyone is aware of how displeasing it is to be late, but don’t make too big of a deal about it.
Pick Arrival Time
If it’s one of those situations where speeding through traffic and risking death is in order, then by all means wear a seatbelt and keep eyes glues to the road. However, if it’s anything less than that, ten to fifteen minutes is about right. Once 30 minutes to an hour starts creeping around, unless it’s work, just take a rain check. It’s one thing to show up reasonably late, and another thing to show up after the occasion is pretty much over already.
Dress to Impress
Once being late is unavoidable, it’s always a wise idea to pick up the fashion a bit. Make it something that suits a grand late entrance. If a guy is dressed well enough, people will just assume that is when he is supposed to arrive!
Go from the basic slacks, white shirt, and tie, to better fitting tailored slacks, a nice dark or tan jacket with gleaming cufflinks, a pressed and tucked in undershirt, and polished shoes! Go from run-of-the-mill to Hollywood because like Wizards, famous people tend to show up precisely when they mean to.
Wear a Smile
Don’t come rushing in wearing a sour face or a frown; don’t look hurried, like sour puss, or a sore loser either. Wear a smile! It’s one of the most powerful tools in a human being’s arsenal of facial expressions that can turn a bad situation into a good one.
Sure, be sorry, but wear a smile that says so without looking like it doesn’t matter one iota. This means that teeth should be brushed and flossed appropriately of course, and don’t wear it so long that it annoys the miserable people. Just long enough to do the trick.
Bring a Gift
Kill them with kindness! Regardless of the situation, a small and strategically chosen gift can work “I’m sorry I’m late” wonders. When coupled with a sincere smile and a great outfit, well, being fashionably late is hard to miss.
Nothing romantic, and nothing overtly comical without a sense of taste Potential idea, bring an organic apple to work for the boss that’s trying to lose weight, or an extra bottle of Jack for the new groom. Whatever it is, deliver it with humility, wear smile, and don’t forget those smaller fashion details like cufflinks and unique buttons!