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The Style Guide: What to Wear to Work
The First Day
The most important rule to consider when picking the right suit is that fit is key. Too short and you will not only appear under prepared, looking like you have arrived straight out of school, but you will also likely be uncomfortable throughout the day. On the other hand an oversized blazer will give the impression you are over relaxed and may even come across as scruffy.
To ensure the right size, we recommend checking out our comprehensive Country Attire size guide for unique information on individual brands. Pair a tailored wool blazer with a crisp fitted shirt from the likes of Ted Baker, Hackett or Thomas Pink and you are guaranteed to make a lasting first impression at work. In colder weather, we advise investing in a designer pea coat to continue the professional sartorial look right through to your outerwear.
The secret to mastering this versatile look is to start off simple and from there evolve into your own flavour of style. A classic white Tee with a sturdy pair of leather trainers will build the foundations for almost any outfit and from there you are free to experiment with your choice footwear and tops, until you find a variation on the look which works for you. It’s important to note that all pieces of a look must be of similar quality in order to maintain consistency, however, style of the look is free game and can even result in some truly remarkable one off looks.
It’s the little things
It’s all too easy to see someone who is well dressed and think anyone could look as good if they had the same clothes; the truth, however, couldn’t be further from this. The distance between success and failure is measured in the minutiae we may willingly or unwillingly put into the creation of our outfits. Matching leathers, deciding how many buttons to fasten, even working out the length of cuffs to show can make or break an outfit; the important thing to remember is to not go after the full picture, but instead pursue the separate pieces of the jigsaw that go into perfecting a look.
Experimenting with your office look could start off small with a quirky pair of designer cufflinks or with some brightly coloured and patterned socks; once you are comfortable with this, you could take some bigger style risks such as opting for statement patterned shirts or mixing and matching your separates for some truly unique outfit combinations.
Tools of the Trade
These are the messenger bags and leather briefcases that need to be reliable, to protect and transport the workload whilst also offering a sartorial finish to not bring down the whole office outfit. These are the umbrellas which need to be durable to ensure when the weather really picks up we aren’t caught out in the rain. These are the humble necessities which should be found in every working wardrobe and though they are the basics by name, in truth they couldn’t be further from it.
Getting these finishing touches correct is the most important thing when planning any office outfit, as one slip up can moot all the previous effort made. However, when these simple additions are done right in combination with the information from earlier sections, you can be sure that next time you arrive at the office they will know you mean business.