Building an essential wardrobe
How to dress
IN THIS GUIDE
- How to build a corporate wardrobe
- Finishing touches
- Dressing down your work wear
- Mixing and matching for casual occasions
- Black tie
For the busy gentleman, building a quality, versatile wardrobe is an absolute must. Designed as a personal capsule collection, it should be able to take you from the courtroom to a bar and beyond. Far from making this a chore though, this process should reflect who you are and be not only efficient but also enjoyable.
How to build a corporate wardrobe
For many, the first step in curating a wardrobe is building out your 9-5 options. It’s best to work
When selecting fabrics, think about factors like frequency of wear, season and pattern. These all play a significant role in the overall look but, perhaps
In terms of style and fit, a good tailor should work with you to achieve the optimal silhouette. Just remember that the closer
If a suit is the building block, then accessories are the important finishing details. However, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy every tie and pocket square under the sun. Instead, take a considered approach, looking for subtle patterns and colours that will work across multiple suits. This gives the illusion of an extensive wardrobe without the accompanying investment.
When selecting ties, explore different weaves depending on the season and how ‘corporate’ you need to be in the office. While silk grenadine is a classic, knitted
Dressing down your work wear
Mixing and matching for casual occasions
For more casual occasions, a suit can sometimes feel overly formal. In these instances, think about splitting your suit, treating your jacket more like a sports coat. On a weekend, a navy suit blazer with a pair of beige or light grey cotton trousers and a pale blue shirt makes for a classic yet elegant outfit. Think about pairing this with a pair of tassel or penny loafers to complete the look.
If you’re after something slightly bolder, bring your patterned suit into play, experimenting with a patterned jacket and block coloured trousers. This can be a great opportunity to dress more loudly than you might
Building out your wardrobe with quality separates makes casual wear all the easier. For a foundation, it pays to invest in beige, navy and charcoal trousers. These are versatile building blocks that will work with most jackets. To round out your wardrobe, also look at 2
Despite common misconception, investing in the right tuxedo will pay off in dividends
The trick lies in opting for a timeless style
As with all simple styles, the devil is in the details. Invest in a quality studded dinner shirt and matching cufflinks. Onyx or pearl are both excellent options that reek of understated elegance. Top everything off with patent leather dinner shoes - kept well polished, these are a sure-fire way to ensure your black-tie look remains crisp.