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Classic Office Attire

October 3, 2013

?????????????????????????In today’s business world, Khaki pants have come to dominate fashion. While it can add a lot to your wardrobe, consider standing out by kicking up to the next level. Seth Godin, author of Free Prize Inside, explains in his book that when comparing two products side by side, a consumer can make a decision based on the smallest of differences. He asserts that given two identical cereal products, the consumer will choose the one with the free prize inside.

The same principle applies to your office. The boss sits down at his desk thinking over who to promote. He jots down you and another coworker on his final list. Both of you possess similar job and communication skills and have an equal standing in the company. But, you dress in slacks and a crisp white shirt each day while the other wears khakis and a polo shirt as his standard wardrobe. Subconsciously, the boss is leaning toward you.

Before you make any changes, take a step back and process your current office image. Does your look inspire confidence and respect? Would anyone want to follow your lead? If your company suddenly needed a spokesman for a television interview, would they choose you? If you answered no to any of these questions, then upgrade your office fashion as soon as practical. If you wear khakis every day, give it a rest and buy yourself a great pair of slacks. Initiate a new look for yourself. For a quick jumpstart, combine dark grey dress slacks with a crisp white collared shirt and regularly polished black oxford shoes. Experiment with differing pant and shirt combinations. Black pants are always stylish – also, white shirts. Avoid in the moment trends or flashy wild clothes. Remember, you want to convey respect, leadership, and competency, not hip and trendy. Think classic. If you find it tough to generate good ideas for work attire, scan the office for well-dressed men. Borrow their best outfits. Overall, iron your clothes and polish your shoes.

Last thing, keep your desk clean!

© Copyright 2013 Fashion for the average man.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2013 1:02 pm

    Reblogged this on boystomenblogazine.

  2. October 3, 2013 2:49 pm

    Love your helpful tips!!

  3. Brian Strathie permalink
    October 4, 2013 9:14 pm

    I totally agree with your comments. I am of the generation and industry where you had to wear a suit to work, and still do really. Even since the introduction of casual Friday (casual Thursday in the Middle East) we would still wear a formal shirt and suit pants to work, with a tie and suit jacket in reserve in case of client meetings.) I think even if I were to work in an office where one could dress casually, I would stick to the same theme, and even continue to wear a tie. I think a tie provides a nice splash of colour to an otherwise sober combination of black pants and a white shirt.

    On casual Fridays one could maybe substitute a waistcoat for the jacket, lose the tie and roll the shirtsleeves up (but only below elbow.)

    Having said that, I think a rolled shirtsleeve to below elbow length is still acceptable even in a smart office environment.

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