1/ TIES OPTIONAL
Lucky for us, professionalism is no longer measured by the knot of your tie, allowing most of our days as ties optional. Your favorite suits can carry their own minus their most notable accessory, however be prepared if the occasion does arise. When the big client decides to drop by for a quick “hi,” or your boss’s boss asks you to pop over for a little chat — keep a spare tie in your desk drawer for a quick half Windsor. Otherwise, feel free to go without.
2/ Make the Cut
For a guy who needs to dress tailored at work, but still wants to stand out, opt for key tailoring pieces that explore modern cuts. Cropped, pleated, tailored darts — don’t be afraid to embrace something new. You may even win an extra glance at the coffee machine in doing so.
3/ SWAP YOUR SHIRT FOR A POLO
Summer is soon around the corner and with that comes after-work tee times and a Tom Collins in the sun. Get there faster with a one-swoop action of blazer to chair. Until the clock strikes leaving time, the blazer can stay on to hold the title of boss’s golden boy for a smooth road to that senior role proposal.
4/ CONSIDER A CHINA COLLAR
Times are changing and so is the shape of your collar. The China collar isn’t new to the world — the description derives from the Mandarins who first wore the collar during Imperial China, but last debuted in the 90’s as the go-to for shirting. Perhaps it’s the influence of the East on the West these days, or perhaps it’s just plain cool — either or we can’t get enough of this shorter (and might we say easier to iron) collar.
5/ AMP UP YOUR CHINO GAME
Chinos have long been considered the business casual option for the long awaited Fridays. In the spirit of a more relaxed office, take your favorite chinos into Monday through Thursday with an all-out business on top, yacht party on bottom look. Such a balance will leave no one wondering whether you’re workin’ hard or hardly workin’.
6/ SHOW SOME PERSONALITY
Workplaces are searching for diversity in every which way. Set yourself apart from the crowd by opting for looks that truly speak to who you are. Perhaps your style is subtle — so do that. Or maybe you can pull off print like no other — then go for it. Help tell your peers and superiors who you are by the way you dress.