Dressing for the office should be as easy as sipping your morning coffee, you just need to know the basics. A few key pieces will ensure you look dapper and polished each day of the week without having a meltdown staring at your wardrobe.
Navy is the new neutral, ensuring your navy suit will go with just about anything. Look for a slim fit that is contemporary without being uncomfortably figure hugging (for everyone involved) and always opt for a single-breasted cut.
The Swiss army knife of wardrobe essentials, pairing your suit with a pink gingham check shirt and silver cufflinks makes it ready for 9-5. To formalise your look for business events, add a crisp white shirt and a skinny black tie.
When it comes to the weekend, disassemble your suit and match the navy blazer with a white crew neck tee, beige chinos (cuffed at the ankles) and boat shoes for a modern, preppy look. Simply adding a white carnation or pocket square to your suit will have you ready for spring weddings.
The rule “less is more” does not apply when it comes to business shirts. You’ll be wearing these shirts 5 days a week so ensure you have plenty to choose from in case you spill your coffee and don’t get around to your washing.
As always, look for a pure cotton shirt that is breathable and comfortable for the 8 hours you’ll be wearing it. Keep is simple and contemporary with a regular pointed collar, notched barrel cuffs and a raised placket.
When it comes to patterns and colours, begin building your wardrobe with a basic white shirt and a fine stripe pattern in blue and white. These are easy to style with any suit as well as beige chinos. Add a spearmint gingham pattern for summer and a deep maroon or green shirt complete with a mini-geo design for the winter.
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It’s the finer touches that ensure you’ll stand out from the crowd at the water cooler. Owning a few key accessories means that you can mix up your look with minimal hassle and effort.
A classic business accessory, ties are sharp and dapper, perfect for business meetings. Owning a skinny black tie, a steely blue or silver tie with an 8cm blade and a wider tie with a diagonal stripe ensures you will be covered for every day of the week.
Adding silver-toned cufflinks to your accessory collection ensures you’ll be ready for last minute dinners. Keep it simple with an oblong shape and minimal detailing.
Finally, an array of 3-5 pocket squares will add that essential touch of polish. Look for bolder patterns and brighter colours to add a cheekier appeal to your look. Pocket squares also look great with a navy blazer for a preppier weekend look and are a great way to finish a wedding outfit.
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Brogues are a timeless footwear option that will uplift any business look. Always buy a leather pair, you’re going to be wearing them for 8 hours plus so your feet will need to breathe.
Look for an elongated toe with a rounded finish and classic detailing on the sides. Chestnut or chocolate brown are both versatile colours that will take you from work to weekend with ease.
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