Popular Men's Apparel for Corporate Workplaces

“Business casual” is a term that’s tossed around workplaces frequently, but seems to mean different things to different people. After all the hard work that was put into getting the job- from the resume crafting to the interview process, any self-respecting man would hate to make a poor impression by showing up to the office inappropriately dressed. So, how can that be avoided?

Make Sure it Fits

Ill-fitting clothing is a sure fire way to end up looking sloppy, no matter the brand or outfit. Getting your sized nailed down in various different brands is helpful, but you won’t always be able to find a perfect fit right off the rack. For the best fitting clothes, see a tailor. They will be able to take in, let out, and hem the clothes until they fit just right. They can also make minor adjustments down the line if your body changes or you need a few repairs. This will make your wardrobe last a lot longer and look a lot better, so really, it’s worth every penny spent.

Shirts

Purchasing a few basic staples that are easy to mix and match is a good first step toward building a versatile wardrobe without spending a ton of money. Solid colors like classic white, light blue, and pale pink are the easiest to pair with other pieces, so that’s a great place for beginners to start. Once comfortable with that, you may decide to move on to brighter colors and patterns. A good rule of thumb for shirts is to make sure that they fit well and are tailored to your body, of course, and that the collar is stiff enough to stand up without a tie. This helps the overall look be more business than casual.

Pants

Chinos in classic colors like navy, black, khaki, and grey are a very popular choice for the office. Slim fit legs flatter, but don’t go for skinny. A pair of suit trousers in neutral colors will also serve well, and, depending on the office environment, professional, dark wash jeans may be appropriate. Leave the shorts at the beach, guys!

Shoes

Loafers, Oxfords, and Derbys are classic footwear choices that will never go out of style. Black, brown, tan, or even oxblood are the safest bets for colors and will go with most everything in the versatile mix and match wardrobe you’ve worked so hard to set up. If you’re the type to collect athletic footwear and sneakers, know that they may or may not be considered professional attire based on the boss’s preferences. Tread lightly!

Extras

For bonus points, add any of the following to your regular wardrobe rotation: blazers or jackets in navy, tweed, or corduroy, solid color sweaters and cardigans with a slim fit, or vests with luxury finishes. Any of these will show off the fact that you’re a go-getter who takes pride in the way you dress, and you might even see an increase in your workplace success!