Upgrade Your Professional Attire
Is your Monday to Friday wardrobe in dire need of an update? We’re here to help you navigate the world of professional wear, guiding you towards some new, exciting styles that will instantly upgrade your look.
Whether you’re sat behind a desk or presenting to a team, a simple wardrobe update can help set you apart from your uniformed colleagues. From well-cut shirts to high quality accessories, it’s never been easier to build a wardrobe of high quality, stylish pieces to see you through the working week.
1. John Smedley Belvoir Merino Wool Roll Neck
Any style-conscious gent will know that the roll neck is currently having a moment. The ideal shirt and tie replacement, a light gauge version looks sophisticated and elegant when layered underneath a well-cut suit jacket.
British brand John Smedley are considered one of the market leaders in knitwear, and this rich red design will team well with black, navy and grey, meaning you can use it with all your current nine-to-five tailoring.
What’s more, being 100 merino wool it’s breathable and won’t stifle as temperatures rise.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £135.
2. Charles Tyrwhitt Sky Herringbone Slim-Fit Shirt
Every man should have a selection of sharp, plain shirts in his formal wear wardrobe, and Jermyn Street tailor Charles Tyrwhitt is known for crafting the very best.
This slim-fit option comes in a subtle herringbone texture, adding a new level of interest to an otherwise inconspicuous piece.
Available at Charles Tyrwhitt, priced £29.95.
3. Smythson Black Leather Montagu Briefcase
No professional man should be without a quality briefcase, which is why we’re adding this Smythson option to our wish list.
Long gone are the days of hard sided versions – this premium black leather iteration combines a softer, more contemporary structure with timeless metal detailing.
Yes, the price makes it an investment piece, but this luxurious accessory will see you through your entire career, if cared for well.
Available at Oki-ni, priced £1,395.
4. Suitsupply Grey Trousers
Amsterdam-based tailoring expert Suitsupply is famed for adding subtle twists to classic pieces, which couldn’t be truer with these simple grey trousers.
This staple pair comes with a modern slim-cut leg and sharp two inch cuff, adding a slight point of difference to traditional tailored styles.
The mid grey shade is also guaranteed to pair with everything else in your wardrobe.
Available at Suitsupply, priced £129.
5. Grenson Sid Brogues
Legendary Northamptonshire-based shoemaker Grenson continues to manufacture its footwear the same way it did over 100 years ago, ensuring exceptional quality and craftsmanship across its entire range.
We can’t get enough of these Sid brogues, which feature a high-shine black leather upper and contrasting wooden sole – perfect for the office and beyond.
Available at ASOS, priced £220.
6. Reiss Sach B Blazer
It’s time to step outside the world of suiting and invest in a subtly textured blazer to really switch up your workwear rotation.
This grey linen option by Reiss is ideal for warm-weather and offers a simple way to mix up your office look – try it with navy trousers – while retaining an air of formality.
Available at Reiss, priced at £265.
7. Hardy Amies Off-White Gabardine Kingly Trench Coat
The trench coat is a timeless silhouette that’s ideal for the city commute.
This sleek off-white version from legendary Savile Row brand Hardy Amies is made from Gabardine cotton and features classic detailing – gun pockets, epaulettes, a belted waist and cuff and throat tabs – which will ensure it becomes part of your workwear rotation all year round.
Available at Hardy Amies, priced £495.
8. T.M.Lewin Navy Flecked Slim Tie
Following an overarching theme in menswear, ties are being cut slimmer for a more contemporary feel.
This navy flecked option by T.M.Lewin is part of the brand’s slimline range, combining modern construction with an eye-catching touch of texture and colour.
Wear with a plain white shirt to let it really stand out.
Available at T.M.Lewin, priced £35.
9. J.Crew Crosby Traveller Suit In Glen Plaid Italian Wool
Whether you’re tied to your desk or on the move, J.Crew’s stylish lightweight suits are both practical and presentable.
If you’re in the market for a new two-piece, look no further than the brand’s Crosby Traveller Suit, crafted from Italian wool and finished with a subtle plaid print. Cut with extra room through the shoulders, arms and thighs, it’s ideal for muscular or athletic gents.
This is a versatile option that will adapt to any occasion, from client meetings to a spring wedding.
Available at J.Crew, priced £700.
10. Anderson’s Brown 3.5cm Woven-Leather Belt
Italian brand Anderson’s specialises in belts, so you know you’re getting an accessory that’s built to last.
While smooth leather styles have dominated the world of workwear in the past, plaited versions are stylish and spring/summer-ready. We’re certain this rich brown number will look the part with a pair of navy or grey trousers.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £90.