It can be quite a drag turning up to work and seeing the milieu of boxy grey suits on display. You don't want to be making up the numbers in this department so why not get yourself some suitable armament, a great wardrobe for the workplace.
In my latest YouTube video, I'll walk you through a couple of handy hints on how I approach my working day.
I've worked in I.T for most of my life, dressing for the office was a routine that I actually relished and lead me to run my own e-commerce store Hawkins & Shepherd.
WHERE DO I START?
I'd start with upping your organisational skills. Dedicated tie drawers are a must for me, with classic patterns and motifs, but vibrant hues such as lilac or ivory work well. I'm a huge advocate of contrast, light colours with darker coloured suits.
I even take into consideration that my hair is dark, so it would be redundant for me to wear dark shirts (which are often frowned on in the work place). However, a friend of mine who is bald regularly wears black shirts because it breaks up the look of white head, white shirt.
What kind of suit is best for the office?
Hands down it's pin stripe. Next question? A lot of men will sweat over the kind of colour or pattern etc., but you need to be thinking of your environment. Do you have a long commute? If so go for a lighter but robust fabric. I recommend anything mohair. Mohair is a good choice because it is crease resistant and drapes incredibly well.
Perhaps look at getting an extra pair of trousers when you buy a suit as it's typically the seat and the crotch area that will go first. If you're buying an extra pair of trousers you should be able to negotiate a good discount with your tailor.
For accessories, it's very much how an actor approaches cosmetic surgery. You want to look great, but don't want to look like you spent 30 grand on hair implants. (Not sure that really cemented my point).
Point is, have some interesting bracelets, learn a pocket square fold or two (I normally go for the Scallop Pocket Square fold) and a tie pin also tells people you don't mess around.
Finish the look with some High Shine Oxford Shoes and some statement socks.
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