Business Classic workwear is becoming more common in the corporate workplace. Gone are the days where it is necessary to wear a suit every day to work. Casualisation has taken over and we are becoming more and more relaxed. But what does this mean for you? What does it mean for your professional appearance? More than anything it means you still must be wearing the best you can afford and keeping your business and your work clothing separate as much as possible as it can be the difference between distinguishing what is work and what is play.
The greatest challenge many of my clients have is keeping their work wardrobe fresh as spending hard earned money regularly on work clothes, when you would prefer to spend it on play clothes, can be disconcerting. Keep in mind though that you are in your work clothes for more than 50% of your waking hours if you have a full-time position. Why wouldn’t you want to spend those hours in nice clothes that make you feel good? Don’t put your work wardrobe into the second-hand pile as that is how you will feel – second hand.
Level 2 – Must have a jacket
JACKET Blazer or Sports Coat
Belts-embossed or smooth leather; calf skin or reptile skin.
|Shirts-Collared solid colour, patterned, long sleeves only or polo tops.
Ties– bolder and brighter, woven, knit, silk.
Jumpers– turtleneck, crew neck, V-neck. Cashmere, cotton or wool and must be worn with a shirt and jacket.
|Pants-wool, linen, silk blend, light to medium weight, cuffed or uncuffed
Socks-dark, plain or discreet pattern.
Shoes– thin to medium sole. Lace up or loafers in leather. Black or dark brown
|Watches-gold or silver face and matching band; gold or silver face with fine dark leather band.
cufflinks – gold, silver and coloured enamel
|Making it work–
Always wear a jacket.
Wear smooth fabrics that co-ordinate colour, fabric& pattern.
Professional, authoritative, dependable, organised, reliable,
Conscientious, consistent and detail oriented.
So, as you will see here, the primary consideration is ensuring that you have a jacket on. I recommend to all of my corporate clients to keep a jacket in their office, no matter what. It will ensure that what ever comes their way during the work day, that they can pop on the jacket, and immediately lift them from casual to corporate to attend any meeting that might spring up.
The colours are not overly colourful, however, they are brighter and more colourful than Level One. The clothing is tailored and well finished.