Does dressing up for work give you the jitters? If you thought it’s all drab and no fun, it’s time to redo your workwear wardrobe. And give it so much character that you’ll jump out of bed every single morning.
WEAR BLUE WITH TAN
Most of you would associate blue with black. While the combination does end up giving you a no-nonsense look, we’re helping you jig things up to stand out in the crowd. Starting today, let’s take a pledge to wear blue with tan. It’s like an oxymoron — contrasting colours that complement each other. So, pick a blue suit and pair it with tan oxfords, or mix and match your jacket and trousers.
GO FOR CROPPED TROUSERS
Yes, it’s perfectly okay to show some ankle, and even your natural affliction towards colourful, printed and quirky socks. While last season was all about rolling up your chinos, your new-season smart trousers should fall just above your ankles. The trick is to stick with slim fits with narrow bottoms.
PICK A PATTERN
Ideally, we’d say pick a pastel colour, but if you’d prefer to stick to the regular blue and grey, say yes to checks and stripes. Go all out with a chalk-stripe or plaid three-piece suit, worn with a solid shirt. Or, think of the ways you can contrast these classic patterns. Yes, it’s time for that checked trousers you have been eyeing for a while!
JUNK THE JACKET
When it’s too warm to wear a blazer, don’t. Your waistcoat will do the job. Nothing looks smarter on a sunny day than a fitted vest worn with trousers, chinos or even jeans. It’s also the best possible way to get more from the hardworking suit you’ve spent half your salary on.
IT’S ALL ABOUT ACCESSORISING
We’ve already given you a reason to upgrade your socks drawer. Now let’s look at the rest. Tie clips, lapel pins, pocket squares, cufflinks, your wardrobe needs some space for all those little things that will take your style up a few notches. Well, if you’re dressing up, go all the way. Here’s a little tip though — pick one accessory and let it stand out, rather than wearing all at once.