Summer Work Style Tips For MenPosted: 9th of July 2015 by
You might be surprised how often we are judged on our appearance, and of course, this also happens at work. Whatever the reason, if you turn up for a business meeting in a crumpled shirt, you will be judged. This problem is made easier if you have to wear a uniform for work, while many office workers will opt for a suit or shirt and tie. This is all very well, but as the weather warms up, that suit jacket starts to feel like too much clothing and your tie starts to stifle you, so what to wear? Some work-places, particularly those in the more creative industries have a relaxed attitude to work-wear, so summer can mean shorts and t-shirts. However, most work-places still insist on a business-like appearance, while heading to formal meetings may mean that you have to dress up a bit smarter.
So what do you wear to work when the weather heats up?
- Suits & Jackets
Changing your fabrics will help during the summer months, so long as you maintain a high level of tailoring. Ditch that heavy business suit and try a sports coat or blazer and shirt combination. Lightweight yet smart, opt for a neutral colour which you can wear with different shirts.
Alternatively, you may want to go with a classic light-weight mac. Enough to battle back any unexpected showers, yet light enough to carry or just sling on If the temperature drops, it is versatile enough to work with a suit later in the year too!
Alternatively, you could go all-out and try a lightweight linen suit, or even hemp or bamboo, which are also very light for the summer months - as well as being environmentally friendly! The key is to make sure your look stays conservative, although you will be fine to switch to lighter shades like khaki, rather than sticking with the dark blues and greys of winter. There is a fine line between looking smart and looking like you are heading out on safari, so try out the look in a shop to see if it works before you commit!
Summer time also gives you the chance to play with your shirt style too – especially if you are not wearing a tie. Some workplaces will still insist that you have a tie, and it might be worth having one with you for any formal business meetings with clients and so forth. However, if you can ditch the tie, then you can brighten up your look a little with a patterned shirt. Don’t go mad – Hawaiian shirts are clearly too much, but lighter prints or colours can add a little sparkle to your look.
I’m sorry, but you just can’t match the women at work for lightweight summer footwear. Sandals may be fine for the girls, but they simply don’t cut it for men at the office. You can go for a lower top or a lighter, soft leather, but really, your shoes need to stay formal.
- Bag Or Briefcase?
Why not get rid of that backpack (which always ruins the look of a suit) and go classic with a briefcase? Alternatively, you might want to consider a well-made shoulder bag. Go for something quality and understated (not a sports brand for example) and you can’t really go wrong,
Accessories aren’t just for the ladies, and in the summer it pays to be even more aware of the small details. Without a jacket, your watch, cufflinks, and other items will be more evident. Do you really need to be rocking that Superman watch to the office?
You might also want to consider extras, such as a pocket square for your jacket when you are not wearing a tie, or magnetic collar stays to keep your shirt looking sharp.
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