After taking a brief glance through some of the work I’ve put out since the sun decided to disappear, it would be fair to say that I’ve stuck firmly to the casual end of the sartorial spectrum.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that – there is, after all, a lot more room for experimentation, trend incorporation and creativity within casual clothing. Plus, for the majority of guys who work in an office or corporate environment, it’s pretty much suit, shirt, tie, shoes, done. Where’s the fun in that?
However, as with most things that involve being creative, it’s all about what you do with what you’re given. And I would make the argument that because a business environment often requires you to wear a uniform, there is actually more room to experiment with colour, fabric and trends without things getting too out of control.
So, with that in mind, I thought I’d put together a few tips on how to easily raise your style game in the office this season.
This does presume that you already own a solid selection of classic office wear, such as neutral suits, block-colour dress shirts and a collection of ties. If not, it may be worth reading one of my previous articles, The Ultimate Streamlined Capsule Wardrobe, before continuing.
For those that already have the basics down, let’s get right amongst it…
Embrace Brown & Blue
The Italians have been doing it for years, and we all know how well they’ve mastered dressing for business. It’s such a simple combination to pull off because the shade of each colour doesn’t matter, just so long as they’re together.
Whether it’s a brown wool tie with a blue gingham shirt or a navy suit with chocolate brown shoes, incorporate this colour combination into your nine-to-five looks for an instant shot of style and sprezzatura.