Many men that I work with think about the work attire in sections. Shoes, briefcase, shirt, pants, tie, socks, etc. Be warned, thinking of clothing in sections doesn’t necessarily mean the sections fit well together. In fact, sometimes men completely forget that these clothing items need to fit into what we call an “outfit”. A foreign word to some, but thinking in outfits versus sections can save you when you’re about to walk out the door with brown socks, black shoes and a blue suit.
As showcased above, outfits for the office don’t need to be formal. They can range from business professional to business casual depending on your dress code. Most importantly though, is the clothes need to match to make an outfit. That doesn’t mean you have to wear black on black or gray on gray. The photo on the far left for example, shows that you can wear a light-colored jacket with gray pants. Pair lighter tones with other light tones when it comes to your outer pieces of clothing such as pants and jackets. The shirt can be darker to add texture. And vice versa when it comes to wearing dark outer layers. That’s when a light blue or even crisp white shirt can really pop.
For your convenience, here are several items put together to form complete working outfits curated by retailer StyleBop. Click on each outfit to see each item. Maybe after perusing, you’ll look at your closet a bit more holistically.