While workwear has evolved and redefined itself massively over the past decade, there are few settings where what you wear on a daily basis can have as much of an impact on your future as in your workplace. Dressing well says so much about your personality, your outlook and ambitions in life and can make all the difference in your chances in practically every field – from getting that all important promotion, to being invited out for after work drinks.
We’ve taken a look at a few key work occasions and thought about what you should do to step up your style game.
For even the most confident of us, interviews can be nerve-wracking. It’s probably wise, then, to ensure that sartorial concerns do not count among your list of stresses. You want something elegant and pragmatic, understated enough not to distract from your impeccable personal qualities but sufficiently dashing to assure your prospective employer that you’ll more than look the part in those important meetings.
With that in mind, we recommend avoiding too much heavy patterning and find a suit with a great fit but which offers a degree of comfort, so you don’t feel too restricted during the crucible of the interview.
This navy suit is the perfect candidate, with a timeless and professional colour, well considered slim silhouette and a touch of stretch fabric to offer increased wearability. Pair with a plain shirt, a complimenting tie and neatly folded pocket square and finish with a pair of simple derby shoes. This look will exude confidence and good taste and is sure to score a ten from any interview panel.
As stylish as you want to be, you don’t want to drown out those high level brainstorms with some overly loud workwear. Keep your look simple but add a little interest to build your daily style credentials. This slim fit checked jacket is a great anchor for any outfit, simple, smart but with enough interest to elevate your look. Match with a pair of tapered-fit trousers, tapered fit shirt with a simple print pattern and a pair of wingtip brogues.
Letting your hair down? Don’t let the side down on the fashion front in the process. Debonair informality is the order of the day here: really, you should look as smart as you do at work, but without appearing as if you’re trying to. Allow us to recommend a pair of well-fitted cotton-stretch chinos in one of this season’s key colours – claret red, some complimenting oxblood brogues and a slim-fit grandad shirt.
Whatever form these kinds of events might take, ranging from a good-natured booze-up to a nihilistic all-out paintball war, they’re very rarely compatible with formality as such. We’ve still got you covered, though. We’d point to a knitted cotton polo shirt, black jeans and a pair of minimalist leather sneakers to always put your best dressed foot forward.