4 tips for nailing a professional outfit without the full costume
When you think of work clothes, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably the suit, tie, and lace-up shoes. Am I right? While there is always a place for a suit and tie in a business environment, it is also possible to wear business attire more casually.
It's relatively simple and opens up a whole new dimension to your wardrobe. And in today's post, I'll share four simple tips on how to achieve what we'll call “relaxed business”.
1. Wear a blazer. The easiest way to break out of the formal mindset suggested by a full suit is to opt for a blazer instead. When it comes to weird jackets, I'm usually a fan of adding a pattern such as a window or shooting club check for a more sporty feel. However, a solid jacket will have an overall more traditional and conservative look. Make sure you choose a fabric that is appropriate for the season. Since fall arrived, I've been wearing flannel.
| PORT | He Spoke Style x Michael Andrews jacket, shirt and pants, Brooks Brothers tie, Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, Bally loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo
2. Choose more casual pants. While I love to preach about the benefits of being able to separate your suits - more versatility equals better value - it's also important to have more casual pants, like chinos, in your wardrobe. Casual should actually be in scary quotes, because a dark navy chinos, like I'm wearing here, can actually feel more relaxed than it looks. And be sure to accessorize it with a classic dress belt.
3. Keep your tie conservative. Since we take the formality out of the outfit a bit with our choice of jacket and pants, it's important to have at least a element to keep the look anchored and adapted to the situation for which we are dressing. A classic striped tie layered over a crisp white shirt will easily tick this box for you.
4. Moccasins instead of laces. Loafers are always a good choice for a sophisticated but more relaxed look. This is certainly true with the pair I wear from Bally, known as Kelsy. I love the sleek and iconic look, especially the gold hardware detail. When styling moccasins with a look like this, always go for on calf socks.
Finally, to really take the look up a notch, consider the following exceptional accessories:
Thanks for reading.
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