Have a packed schedule for the week? Busy days at work followed by social events you don’t want to miss? Make your wardrobe work as hard as you do by investing in great versatile pieces that will take you from that 9 am meeting to after-work drinks. Below is a guide to help you look fresh from dawn to dusk.
The White Shirt
No man should be without a crisp white, button-up shirt. The wardrobe basic is an essential for wearing with suits and jeans alike. By simply rolling up the sleeves, the shirt instantly takes on a more casual, relaxed vibe. So find a shirt that fits you well; slim cuts are generally best for an up-to-date look. If you are feeling adventurous, also invest in a button-up shirt in a colour or pattern to stand out from the crowd. Fashion retailers like Universal Store have a variety of cuts and colours, from the classic to the more trendy, so you can find the shirt to suit your style. Keep an eye out for the details on the shirt, like the buttons and cuffs, to make sure you pick a design you love.
A V-neck sweater is one of the best layering pieces for the busy, professional man. It always looks sharp over a collared shirt, but can also be made casual by pairing it back with jeans. Opt for a soft fabric in a dark colour, like black, burgundy, navy or grey. Great for an extra layer of warmth in the evenings without sacrificing style, a V-neck sweater is a very practical addition to your hard-working wardrobe.
Not suitable for a strictly corporate workplace, but perfect for the more relaxed office or casual Fridays, chinos are the ultimate smart/casual trousers. Put with a blazer and shirt, form fitting chinos in navy or brown offer a trendy, hipster take on the traditional suit silhouette. This look will take you from the office to the bar with enviable ease and style. Keep your chinos in neutral colours to make them as versatile and smart as possible.
Pay attention to the details and don’t neglect your footwear. A good pair of shoes that are comfortable and fashionable are worth their weight in gold, so spend time finding an excellent pair that will see you through a long day. Brogues in brown or black are an excellent option as they are both formal enough for the office, but also trendy enough for an evening out. Look out for shoes with leather upper and lining, as they will look better, last longer and ultimately be more comfortable.
What are the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe? Do you have a few favourites that you find yourself reaching for again and again? Will you be investing in any of the items above for your wardrobe? Share in the comments section below and keep reading for even more suggestions for clothing that is smart, practical, functional and fashionable.