I have a confession to make: I work at a corporate office. I’m going to venture a guess that maybe some of you do too. If you do, and you’re anything like me, the idea of getting to dress up for work makes you incredibly happy. Waking up in the morning to a great suit, beautiful tie, and handcrafted leather shoes is almost as good as waking up to Adrianna Lima bringing you breakfast in bed (…alright, not quite, but almost).
I’ve been told many times, by many people, that this style-euphoric feeling will soon wear off. I’ve been warned that those ties I love so dearly will soon begin to feel like a noose around my neck, that my favourite suit will start to feel less like a reflection of my individual style, and more like a conformists uniform.
As a working dude who takes pride in being the “young, cool guy” at the office, I know that’s bullshit. If you’re like me, and are fortunate enough to work in a “Business Casual” environment where suits are recommended, not required, I’m here to let you know that you can have fun with what you wear. Trust me. By consistently working something into my wardrobe that is genuinely me, everyday, I’ve been able to make the transition from stylish-guy to stylish-office-guy without losing any of my fashion integrity.
And sure, your hockey practice jersey might be a genuine reflection of “who you are as a person”, but the most important thing to remember is subtlety. It may just be a Timex Weekender watch on your wrist, with a different strap for every occasion (side note: don’t pay full price for the Nato straps. You can get them on EBay for around $2 each). It could be a tie that you thrifted for $1, a vintage tie clip from your Grandpa, a pair of bright green socks with bicycles on them—hell, it could even a bow tie! Whatever it is, it’s all about finding pieces to integrate into your wardrobe that speak to you, and let your individuality shine through in the process.
How do you stay stylish at work? Let us know below!