Be the best-dressed man at the office. Your boss, colleagues, and clients will notice, and you’ll do better for it.
Dressing for work is something that a lot of people – both men and women struggle to get right. Of course, this is something that isn’t helped by the fact that dress codes in the workplace are a lot more liberal than they once were. In years gone by, the only acceptable form of dress for work was a suit – freshly starched shirt, tie, shiny shoes, the whole shebang.
Today, however, that’s not the case. Dress codes change from place to place. While one office may require a full suit, other offices have a more casual approach to workwear. This is what makes getting your workwear just right, even more difficult. To dress to impress (your boss that is) take this style advice on board.
Get the balance right between smart-casual and too casual
To achieve a smart, stylish look, getting the balance right between smart-casual and too casual is important. If you work in an office where it’s acceptable to dress in a casual way, then it’s important that you understand what is and isn’t work appropriate. Dark jeans and a smartish shirt is a suitable look. Sweatpants and a t-shirt is not. There’s a distinct difference between being casual in a smart way and being casual in a sloppy way, and you need to understand that.
A slim fit suit is sleek and smart
If you’re going to wear a suit, make it a slim fit one. The truth is, no matter what your size or body shape, a slim fit suit will almost always look better than a regular cut suit. It’s smarter, sleeker and more professional. If you’re worried about the fit being too tight, opt for a suit one size up than you would normally go for. This will give you room to move but without compromising on the sleek cut of the suit. If you find shirts are often uncomfortable around the neck but the next size up is too large, all you need are some metal collar extenders. These allow you to increase the size of your shirt neck without it being noticeable.
Opt for a crisp, white shirt
In most cases, when it comes to selecting a shirt, you can’t go wrong with a crisp, white design. White shirts are classically stylish and timeless and work well with almost any suit. Be it black, navy or gray, a white shirt is the perfect option. If you want to look professional, smart and stylish, a white shirt is your best bet. However, for a smart-casual look, opting for a printed or checked shirt can also work. For a smart look, white is best. For smart-causal style, you can afford to be a little more liberal with your shirt choices.
Carry a briefcase
Top off your look with a stylish briefcase. There’s nothing that says unprofessional more than a man wearing a rucksack to work. If you want to appear as professional and smart as possible, when it comes to bag choice, a briefcase is your only option.
There you have it, the ins and outs of dress smart and stylishly for work. See, looking work-appropriate isn’t as difficult as you would think.