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In today’s era, where people have much more freedom to dress closer to their reality than ever before, that mantra extends to the workplace environment as well. What you wear at work and how you wear it not only determines the way you are perceived, but it just might decide the trajectory of your career. HisPotion is here to walk you through the best looks that will help you reach the pinnacle of office success sartorially. When you are dressed to impress, both clients and co-workers will notice. We will not settle for anything less than the gold medal you deserve.
Recruit the Suit
Just as your boss vetted you for your position, so must you vet your clothes before they enter your wardrobe. Making – and then maintaining – a great impression at work is not only in the way you attack your workload, but also in how you strut your sartorial stuff. Being and looking sharp should be your objective every day once you step into the office. The piece de resistance for this to happen is none other than a great suit, which should be everything you strive to represent: smooth, savvy, and sharp.
Power colors for your suit include dark blues, grays – and for a change of pace – deep tan hues. Vests are a great option to consider if you are so inclined, and the jacket itself should be tailored to perfection, with sleeves that hit directly at the wrist.
Of Power Plays and Power Pants
Without the right pants, your attempt at the perfect suit is destined for failure. HisPotion assumes you already have an excellent tailor, so your directive should ensure that your pants break at the shoe and are a slim to straight fit to enhance the overall look of power you wish to exude.
Without question, white shirts are an absolute must for any man, but it is the crisp, tailored white shirt that ultimately leaves the most lasting impression. For the office, men should have a few in his collection, all of which should be of the highest quality your budget will allow and preferably wrinkle-free.
The one area where men have more room to express themselves individually is also the one most prone to sartorial missteps, and this is where HisPotion comes in to save you from irreparable damage to your attempts at dressing your best in the office. Keep your ties 2-3 inches in width, remembering to stay in proportion to your lapels. Although silk ties are great, wool/cotton blends are also another option to consider.
Pocket Squares: The Step Up
If ever there was a piece in men’s clothing that can give a look a slight elevation, it is the pocket square. There are so many styles to choose from to get your point across, with just as many folding options at your disposal. Trust us when we say they will be appreciated and discussed behind your back.
Footwear: One Step Ahead
A great look encompasses head to toe perfection, which means your shoes are just as important – if not more so – than anything else you’re wearing at any given time.
Not too round.
Not too square.
Not too bright.
It may sound like a snippet from a children’s book, but your dress shoes should be fully adult fare. To wit, HisPotion suggests classic lace-ups that are thin enough to match your suit, and always polished to perfection.
Win over your colleagues, impress the big boss, and get that promotion by not only looking the part, but standing out from the pack in attitude and attire. With these tips, HisPotion guarantees you score the perfect 10 at your 9 to 5.
Triston Brewer (@Triston212) is a performance artist and journalist. He has been published in The Huffington Post and featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, to name a few. He recently published the first book in a series about living overseas: Heaux Confessionals: The Sintroduction.