Men's office attire isn't as restricted and formulaic as it used to be, but there are still rules to follow if you want to stand out for the right reasons instead of the wrong ones.
Do you love the classic combination of a black business suit, shirt and tie, or do you prefer to mix in casual elements? How do you choose colours that suit your personality and your office? How do you fit in without looking like a drone?
Follow this guide to choosing work clothes for men and find everything you're looking for in Total Image Group's corporate uniforms range.
Many offices don't insist on suits and ties these days, and if no one's wearing them, you could look out of place. But if you're a fan of the sophisticated look, and you know how to pull it off, dressing for success will show your colleagues and your boss that you're serious about your work.
A single-breasted suit with matching pants, a plain business shirt and an understated tie is all you need for the perfect corporate image.
If you want to take things a step further, add a matching waistcoat or vest. The three-piece suit adds character when you're surrounded by suits, but if everyone else is wearing jeans and a T-shirt, it'll seem like overkill.
If you don't feel comfortable in the formal look, you can mix and match smart and casual clothing until you find the right balance. Getting rid of the suit jacket is the simplest way to achieve this, but if you lose the tie as well, you also risk losing your authority. Another option is to keep the jacket but swap out your shirt for a fitted jumper or T-shirt, and swap your work pants for chinos. You can also take the formal edge off your business suit by toning up the colours. Brightly coloured jackets and pants bring you into 'office joker' territory, but pinstripes and checks can work to great effect. Alternatively, leave the suit alone and try a bright shirt, just don't go Hawaiian.
Colours and patterns
Colour coordinating men's work clothes is an art, not a science. You might find a number of different looks that work for you, involving coloured, patterned or textured shirts, ties and even jackets. If there is one major rule, it's not to overdo things. Choose one element of your uniform to emphasise – a bold shirt, colourful tie or striped or checked jacket among a plain ensemble. Stock your wardrobe with a range of coloured shirts and you'll always have something to suit your mood.
A black business suit with a plain white shirt leaves you free to experiment with ties, but if you have a coloured shirt or jacket, you need to be careful with combinations to avoid clashing. Your shirt should always be a lighter shade than your jacket and your tie.
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Search our corporate uniform range at Total Image Group to find business suits that fit your workplace and your style. We can even help you create a custom uniform that expresses your unique style.