If you work in corporate America, from home, at a small agency, or around the globe, what you wear matters. Even if there is not a strict dress code in place for the job you do, the clothes you wear matter because they affect the way you feel about yourself, and therefore affecting the quality of work your produce each day. Due to the significance placed upon the clothing you wear to work, we believe that clothing should not only reflect your expertise in your line of work, but your personal style as well.
If you recently got a new job and you are in need of some tips on how to dress your best for the position, or even if you’ve had a career for years now but you’re looking to switch up your look to feel your best at work, we have some tips for you to make all the difference in your everyday grind.
Work attire can be placed on a spectrum and ranges from more casual to more formal. If you are someone who works from home, the more casual side of the spectrum may be best for your everyday needs. However, if you are someone who works in corporate America or for an agency or office(s), then the more formal side of the spectrum will probably be best. Regardless, what you wear to work largely depends on the dress code expected of you, your style, and what makes you most comfortable. Therefore, we will be breaking down the various different levels of appropriate work attire on a scale from the most casual to the most formal for whatever your work situation, dress code, and unique style happens to be.
To start us off, the business casual look tends to exclude denim, shorts, sandals, and sneakers, includes the optional use of a tie, and includes long-sleeve button-down shirts, collared shirts, short-sleeved polos, short-sleeved button-downs, blazers, solid coats, sweaters, khakis, neutral-colored pants, belts, and loafers. Many of these closet staples can be found already in your closet and just need to be put together tastefully. If you want one of these pieces and you do not already have it, they can be ordered online or picked up from almost any retailer.
Next on the spectrum of work attire formality, we have business professional. The business professional look tends to exclude the same pieces that the business casual code excluded, like denim and sneakers, and includes slacks, dark-colored suits, ties, light-colored button-down shirts, belts, oxfords, and loafers.
Last on the spectrum of work attire is business formal. The business formal look excludes the same pieces that the business casual and business professional codes excluded, with a few additions such as no bright colors or patterns. This look includes a matching black, navy, brown, or gray suit, a traditional white, button-down, collared shirt, a tie, a belt, and dress socks and shoes that match the suit. Pro-tip, the color of the belt and shoes you choose should match.
Lastly, if you would like to add some accessories to your work attire, you can do so by wearing cufflinks, a watch, suspenders, a tie clip, a lapel pin, or a pocket square. Once you do that, you’ll be sure to look and feel your best and stand out from the crowd.
If you have any further questions regarding what to wear to work, what pieces work best with your personal style, our prices, or what we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. We also offer custom suit styling and fitting so that you can have the perfect suit for whatever occasion you need it for.