You don’t exactly have to be a fashion expert to notice how men’s business attire has changed and evolved over recent years.
Gone are the days when business professional attire meant simply wearing the same rotation of drab suits.
These days, smart corporate male attire has really taken off, with men now paying more attention than ever before to how to perfect their day-to-day look.
When it comes to professional dress style for men, most guys are looking for the best of both worlds – style and smartness.
It’s also important to the on-the-go professional, that men’s business attire is versatile too, with outfits that can be worn to a whole host of occasions, not just around the office.
To help you navigate the world of men’s businesswear for all occasions, we’ve put together a list of the top five staple pieces that will have you looking both professional and polished, whatever the event is.
1. The go-to suit
Probably one of the most obvious and important starting points for any man looking to make a stylish impression.
Finding a suit that means business is one of the best investments you’ll ever make in terms of your business professional wardrobe.
The great thing about the killer suit is that, once you find the perfect one, it can be worn a heck of a lot more places than just the office.
A great fitting suit can be styled up or down, and worn in the boardroom, as well as to a fancy wedding.
The important thing to remember is to find a suit that fits like a glove.
You can visit a tailor for extra help with this if you’re unsure of the best fitting suit for your body type.
Take some time to figure out the right colour scheme too. Navy or black? Two-piece or three-piece?
There’s a lot to think about, but nailing the perfect suit will have you set up with the perfect outfit for a whole host of formal occasions.
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2. Get shirt smart
Shirts are a wardrobe staple that every man needs, especially when it comes to dressing business smart.
Having a rotation of Oxford-style shirts is the perfect way to set your wardrobe up for any occasion.
The Oxford shirt can be buttoned down for that informal after-work dinner, or styled up fully buttoned and paired with a smart tie for those big boardroom meetings.
Wherever your day takes you, the Oxford shirt is ready to adapt to the vibe of your schedule and offers versatility that’s always super smart.
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3. Dapper dress shoes
Shoes can all too often be overlooked in the world of men’s fashion.
Think about it – how often have you seen a guy in a wonderfully stylish outfit, only for it to be kind of ruined by the fact they’ve teamed it with a pair of battered old loafers…
It’s a simple fashion fact that shoes matter – especially when it comes to what you’ve got on your feet for a special occasion.
The wrong shoes can let down an otherwise brilliant outfit, so it’s time to start investing in versatile and stylish footwear.
Smart loafers and Derby-style shoes are the perfect options if you’re looking for a shoe that’s as adaptable as they are stylish. These kinds of styles can be worn to the office by day, and post-work drinks at night – so get shopping around.
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4. The right ties
Ties are a great way to express your sense of style within the workplace, and even on the weekend too!
Through the week in the office, you might want to opt for a more formal and low-key tie, perhaps one that’s just a block colour.
But on the weekend or of an evening, it could be time to slip on something a little more snazzy!
Patterned or bold coloured ties are a great way to inject a bit of your personality into your businesswear.
Simply changing up your tie means your outfit will instantly adapt to fit the vibe of whatever occasion you’re at. Head over to The Tie Store to shop a huge collection of ties.
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5. Acing your accessories
So now that the foundations of your smart business attire are in place, it’s time to add in a couple of stylish accessories that can really elevate your look.
Adding accessories to your outfit means you can dress yourself up or down for nearly any occasion.
For example, if you’re headed to a day at the races – you can give your favorite business suit a casual and stylish edge by pairing it with a pair of shades.
Or, if you’re headed to a wedding, give your suit jacket a formal boost with the addition of a fancy pocket square and a smart belt, like the Richmond belt from Dockers.
Investing in a couple of key accessories such as belts, watches, pocket squares, stylish sunglasses, and cufflinks can really help you to adapt your professional attire to look the part at pretty much any important event, inside or outside the office.
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So there you have it, our guide to the unique styles business professionals can wear for any occasion.
Our final tip is to always remember to shop around first for the right fit and colours first. Ultimately though, when the right outfit finds you – you’ll just know!
Article author: Joan Calabia
Joan Calabia operates as the Director of Brand Marketing for Dockers® Europe at Levi Strauss & Co. Joan’s experience spans the intricacies of marketing operations to creating immersive consumer experiences. He continues to lead the brand direction adapting to the new generation of casual consumers in our era, while maintaining the California cool lifestyle that is heritage to the brand.