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How To: Dress For Your Job

21.02.18

From corporate to business-casual to creative, our guide to office attire will have you looking suitably dressed no matter the industry

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Corporate

If you’re in the world of big business – finance, law, etc – the dress code will typically lend itself to corporate formality, especially at a senior level. It is imperative that your suit – and yes, it should be a suit you’re wearing – sends the right message about you and reflects the importance of your role. To put it simply: if you’re making big decisions you want to look capable of doing so. A double-breasted suit jacket exudes a professional silhouette while a pinstripe pattern – a stalwart of the Wall Street set – adds a sense of sartorial refinement to the classic business suit. Keep accessories minimal: a tie pin should do the trick.


Business Casual

Spurred in part by the influx of millennials in the workforce as well as increasing pressure on offices to better address employee wellbeing, dressing down the business suit has become de rigueur in companies across the world – even JP Morgan Chase & Co have introduced a more business-casual dress code. If you work in the type of office where a relaxed-smart outfit is encouraged, the best way to adapt to this is to cleverly mix smart separates. Deconstructed tailoring – i.e. tailoring with soft shoulders, unlined structures and less-traditional fabrications – is about peeling back the rigid layers of the two-piece look. Pair a soft blazer with separate trousers and a shirt or T-shirt depending on how casual you want to take it. Sleek sneakers are a smart finishing touch.


Creative

Working in the creative industries is a chance to really show off your personality and one of the best ways to do this is through your get-up. There is a sense of carefully curated abandon when it comes to how you present yourself in the office. The garments should provide a comfortable flexibility for movement but still be well put together to look good without looking conventional. Think crew necks paired with smart trousers and finished with sneakers for that ultimate “hip” look. The beauty of this kind of dress “code” is its fluidity: you can dress up with a blazer or swap the crew neck for a rollneck, etc. If in doubt on how to style, remember there should not be a noticeable difference between your work attire and your social attire in this industry.


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