Clothing (Business) for Men
I’m a Business, Man: How to Be the Best-Dressed Guy in Your Office
In comparison to its womenswear counterpart, menswear often gets a bad rap for being boring. And while it’s true that the trend cycles in menswear move more slowly than in womenswear, menswear still has a lot to offer on the style front. One of the most important markets in menswear is business attire, yet so many men miss the mark when it comes to workplace fashion. But, no need to worry: we’ve put together a list of a few guidelines that can help you develop your workwear aesthetic.
Read on for the essential guide to dominating the style sphere in your office.
Navy is Your Friend
Navy suits are bankers’ unofficial uniform for a reason. The deep, neutral hue is less harsh than black and is the perfect backdrop for a thin pinstripe or small-scale plaid. It’s also a versatile choice for your accessories—brown shoes add a richer contrast, while a pair of black wingtips will look sleek and dapper when paired with a navy suit.
Fit is Everything
The number-one offense of poorly-dressed businessmen is a lack of fit. Oversized suit jackets will swallow your proportions and baggy slacks will result in excess fabric pooling at your ankles. Likewise, wearing jackets and pants that are too tight won’t be beneficial, either. When buying off the rack, slim-fit suiting is great for thinner frames, while regular-fit suiting works well for muscular and husky body types.
Pay Attention to Pant Length
For a full-length suit, the hem of the pants should hit at the quarter of your shoe. If they’re any longer than that, your outfit will run the risk of looking sloppy. If the pants fit perfectly otherwise, don’t be afraid to have them hemmed by a tailor. It’s a small detail that will make a world of a difference. And if slim-fit styles are your bread and butter, don’t be afraid to experiment with cropped lengths. Cropping at the ankle is a dapper style detail and an inch above that works well, too.
Accessorize with Intention
Once your suiting is all in order, it’s time to put your personal stamp on your nine-to-five look. Because menswear suiting is so standard, it’s the accessories that’ll take your workwear to a whole new level. Invest in a few different styles of leather and suede shoes, and choose a polished timepiece that’ll be your staple for daily wear. For the final touch, experiment with different styles of ties—color, pattern, texture—and, if you’re feeling really bold, throw in a pocket square.
Your workwear style doesn’t have to be snooze-fest just because you’re a man. Make your business attire as interesting as your streetwear with these tips.