For the most of us, the standard office attire consists of 1x chino, 1x shirt and 1x pair of leather shoe and 1x leather belt and for the most part, this setup is accepted as ok. My question at this early juncture is are you content with simply being ok? Fuck no? You might not think it, but what you wear to the office makes an impression and tells a tale of how you carry yourself. Smartening up your office attire may well see you receive more responsibility and garner greater levels of respect from your colleague which will see that promotion get offered to you rather than Steve. Here are a few tips.
1. LEARN TO LAYER EFFECTIVELY
For most, layering usually works best during winter but is still a great still to possess in your repertoire. Without doubt, one of the best ways to separate yourself from your clueless colleagues is by knowing how to layer effectively.
The idea is to layer multiple pieces together to add both contrast to your look get some kind of and functional warmth out of it (hence the “works best during winter” comment).
Try a v-neck sweater underneath your suit, or a blazer with an waistcoat shirt and tie. There are many possibilities if you give it some thought.
2. UPGRADE YOUR FOOTWEAR
Without doubt, one of the first things people notice about someone’s appearance is their shoes. I certainly do. It’s always such a disappointment to me to see so many men failing at this key aspect of their attire. Trust me and do yourself a huge favour and upgrade your shoes.
Footwear is key and is one of the easiest and best ways to separate yourself from other men. Instead of the standard clunky dress shoes opt for something a little different like a desert boot, brogues or penny loafers.
3. FFS, WEAR CLOTHES THAT FIT
You would think that this is a no-brainer but the average office drone tends to wear clothing that is at least 1-2 sizes too big which sees them looking more Steve Carell than Ryan Gosling (think ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’).
The best way to determine fit is by trying the item on. Don’t be afraid to size down when necessary. It may not always look great but the fact that you’re trying stuff on is a step in the right direction. You’ll eventually figure out what works and what doesn’t.
4. UPGRADE THAT BAG
This is another way to separate yourself from the pack. Quite honestly, the average office worker spends even less time thinking about the type of bag he’s carrying than the clothes he wears and as a result, it is common practice to see male office workers carrying nylon backpacks while wearing suits. Gehd! it’s an awful look!
You may not be in a position to need to carry a bag and if that is so, move on to the next point. But for those who do need to carry a bag, consider what you are using. A messenger bag, duffel bag, or even a weekender will look better than a backpack. Check out some leather satchels which can carry both your laptop and gym clothes if need be.
5. GET RID OF THOSE KHAKI’S
There is certainly nothing wrong with wearing a pair of khaki chinos but the chances are that every other office plonk is doing the same thing. Since we’re trying to break free of the pack, consider other options.
If you’re going to stick to chino’s, change-up the colours. The latest trends are shades of blues and look great with a crisp white shirt. Alternatively, search out a pair of cords or wool trousers (not suggested during summer). You can always wear your denims on Friday too.
As always, these are tips. Use them, don’t use them.
You stay classy,