Monday, January 21

Dressing Smart and Stylish for the Office

Contributed by Gabriel Wood

The highlight of a working mans day is the opportunity to show off his wardrobe. This opportunity is usually given to him before work, during lunch and after work, which is usually accompanied with a 5 o’clock shadow.

For example:

1. Plain white or pastel coloured shirts are a preferred option but once in a while opt for a deeper colour such as silver, purple, red or black.

2. Invest in a good range of ties. Choose medium or slim cuts apposed to a big bulky footballer’s choker. Stripes, polka dots and solids are fine. Cartoon characters and dinosaurs are not.

3. Grey scale suits are flooding the runways at the moment, and rightfully so. They create an effortlessly smart and professional look. Pinstripes are fine, however, make sure that it is balanced, avoiding over protruding verticals.

4. Generally, men dislike wearing over coats when a great looking suit is there to be elucidated; try layering up under your shirt to keep you warm and don an un-knotted scarf around the neck and under the blazer. Socks should always coordinate, and pocket-handkerchiefs should be worn in a square.

5. Shoes should encourage good posture and not persuade your spine to slouch. I personally love buying smart lace up shoes from Office, and advice others to do the same. Here’s a nifty tip: lose that sorry excuse for a socially acceptable pair of shoes, which you claim to be comfortable in. Instead, take an innersole from a pair of your favourite sneakers and place them in your new shoes. It will allow you walk much more comfortably whilst eliminating the “sense over style” black cloud.

6. Lastly, all personal items such as phones, wallets and keys should be safely kept in a briefcase or a stylish holdall. Bulging pockets are not a good look and may even damage them.

Dressing for work is similar to dressing for an event or special occasion, but not necessarily the same. Individuality still remains a golden standard, but it has to be done in subtle moderation.

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