By Kyle Mountain
For those tired of the monotony of wearing a shirt and tie to work everyday, a convenient alternative lives in the utilization of the sweater. However, not all sweaters are appropriate in the workplace. Understanding the fine line between sweaters that work at work and sweaters that don’t is very important.
Guidelines for Wearing a Sweater to Work
When dressing for work people are inclined to keep their outfits conservative. The same will remain true when you’re wearing a sweater, but you can keep outfits conservative while still showing off some of your own personal style. There are countless numbers of patterns and colors you can get a sweater in, but when it comes to wearing sweaters to work, the goal is to keep it simple and sharp. We want to keep it as professional as possible, and doing that with a sweater is very possible.
Types of Sweaters to Wear to Work
The crew neck is the most common type of sweater sold to men. When wearing it to work, wear a dress shirt underneath with your dress shirt collar inside the collar of the sweater. You can also wear a tie under the sweater.
V Neck sweaters are a great option for the workplace as well. Wearing a tie under these is a great option too because you’ll get to see more of the tie, allowing you opportunity to match colors effectively, but wearing one without a tie works too.
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A sweater vest is a great way to show a few colors at once. Wear one in a solid color with or without a tie for a great professional look.
Sweater Patterns to Wear at Work
Plain Colored Sweaters
It’s hard to go wrong here. Just keep the color in line with the rest of your wardrobe and you should be okay. Nothing too loud or bright. Navy blue, gray, or even black will work as solid, conservative colors.
Argyle sweaters are good because they provide a little extra color and design. With that being said, you don’t want too much extra when it comes to these sweaters. Simplicity is key with argyle, so stick with dark, conservative colors with maybe one contrasting color in the sweater.
Cable Knit Sweaters
The cable knit sweater, which is a close relative of the Aran Sweater, is a very nice and comfortable sweater to wear especially in the winter months. With cable knit sweaters, stick with either white or navy blue, and since you’re wearing it in the work place you will want to stick with a crew neck.
Keeping it Professional
Overall, wearing a sweater to work is a great way to stay professional while showing off some personal style. Experimenting with sweaters will add a lot of diversity to your appearance, but with that in mind, when you’re experimenting with sweaters in the work place, make sure to stay on the conservative side and always remain professional.
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Kyle Mountain is a student-athlete currently living in Concord, New Hampshire, but he’s originally from right outside Philadelphia. He recently completed an internship with A Tailored Suit and is continuing to write and learn about menswear and style.