Five things you need to smarten up at work

Due to the recent heat wave (two days of sun) you would be forgiven for thinking that we no longer have jobs to go to. However, we do. Each day we need to drag ourselves out of bed and make the long slog to the tube suited up. We all know that its important to look your best at work, and it’s a sad but true fact that the way we look makes a huge impression on how our colleagues see us. It has even been known to be a key factor in promotions (and demotions). With that in mind, we have compiled a handy guide for what you need to smarten up for the office and bag that big pay rise. ..

The pin-stripe suit

T15_2673_F0_IS Thankfully the pin-stripe suit has moved off from its Eighties heyday and is now a revered fashion item once again. The key to working the trend properly is to play down the stripe and keep everything else simple. Marks and Spencer has really ramped up its sartorial suiting over the last few seasons so we recommend heading to your nearest store to take a look at the suits on offer.

The contrast collar shirt

SDSFO002-B16-001-450px-518px Another remnant of the decade that style forgot, that has once again been rejuvenated. The contrast collar shirt is a wonderful departure from all white or all blue by cleverly mixing them both together. It also allows for a greater range and experimentation with your accessories. Avoid Savile Row prices and head to Hawes & Curtis to explore their impressive selection of shirts.

The knitted tie

636505_mrp_in_xl There is only one tie that you need to be wearing to be taken seriously at work right now, and that’s a plain knitted tie. Block colour, simple knit and knotted simply, it will literally go with everything and is super smart. Mr Porter has a fantastic selection but we especially like this grey Burberry design.

Smart black shoes

1032012_4 A man is only as good as his shoes and you really don’t want to be that guy at work that turns up to a boardroom meeting rocking scuffed Kickers. Invest in a decent pair of Oxfords; a classic English style that works especially well with the aforementioned pin stripe suit. Paul Smith knows good shoes.

The briefcase

947036-20-1 Look like a man that knows what he is doing by ensuring that your briefcase is clean, well looked after and good quality. There is nothing wrong with hiding your sandwiches inside, but if you do, for God’s sake please do not let anyone senior see. Although, if your team leader sees you getting them out of this Reiss bag, you could be alright.

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