Your manly aesthetic in the work place is one of the most important times you need to be looking your best. You meet customers, go on business lunches, attempt to handle a drink or two and are surrounded by colleagues who barely know you (but will maybe want to?).
Everyday is like a first impression being repeated. If you look like a respectable gentleman, undoubtedly you will be treated like a respectable gentleman.
Sadly, that big promotion will not make itself happen. Same as that tea won’t brew itself and flat packed furniture will remain just that. But anything you can do to help it along the way is surely worth a try, right?
Adding creativity and excitement into your outfit will show those around you that you are a creative and exciting person – a sure fire way to get noticed. In this how to guide I will pass on wisdom about dressing for your age and point you in the right direction of some garments that will give you that all important edge.
Formal wear in the summer is a tricky topic for most men. Should I wear shorts? Are sandals an acceptable form? Should I still wear a tie to work at the risk of looking too casual if I don‘t? All of the above?
Many mornings I have pondered these plights. Thankfully, those hours have come to pass with the introduction of alternative summer chic office wear.
The Season: Summer
Formal shorts, as seen below, create a real preppy, youthful appeal in your outfit. Beige and blue are always popular summer colours. The two work great as part of a sophisticated look or you can use them as part of a traditional nautical style. The addition of a bow tie really wraps the outfit up nicely (as any good bow would).
Left to right: Cream trousers/baby blue blazer [E.Tautz at LFW], cream shorts/blue bow tie [E.Tautz at LFW] and grey shirt/yellow cuffs/cream flared shorts [Topman Design at LFW]
The Season: Winter
We too are feeling the frostbitten pain of all our Beaners yet to recover from a never-ending winter. But before you go putting those boots and bombers up for sale on eBay to free up space for your summer wardrobe, take note of the A/W office trends fresh from the LFW catwalk.
As I sat teetering on the edge of my seat watching LFW menswear day, the recurring theme for AW became apparent: prints.
Leopard print was a huge trend for women last year. But this season round, men are being called upon to awaken their animal instincts. Think faux fur coats and fur collared parkas. Pair with subtle detailing (leopard print ties are not subtle) and rule the jungle. If leopard is a bit too much for your taste (or work environment) then fret not; alternative prints which are set to be big news in office wear this year include your standard stripes, checks, spots, paisley and the current favourite… gingham.
From Left to Right: Leopard print shirt [Topman Design at LFW], metallic trench coat [Omar Kashoura at LFW], red shirt/grey chinos/black bag [Topman design at LFW]
The suit is the pinnacle of a man’s wardrobe. It defines a man in an instant as being of a gentleman status. Many will argue subtlety is the key that opens the door of sophistication.
If you are already established (you measure this by your assistant’s salary – not your own), you may feel that donning bold colours and controversial patterns is not the way to go for you. Keeping colours simple (black/grey/navy) is acceptable but only at base level. You will not be disregarded or shunned from any water cooler chat simply for stepping your boardroom attire up a sartorial notch.
A suit is not traditionally called a suit unless it is cut from the same cloth. However, just because the term ‘suit’ is used, it does not mean the colour of your jacket must match your trousers, which must match your tie, which must match your shoes. You can play with it as much as you want.
You must ensure your new work look is tailored to your body. Any ill-fitting clothing leaves a lot to be desired at the best of times, but when your judge and jury surround you 9-5, you’ll want to impress with more than just your punctuality and ability to make a decent brew.
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