Start To Build Your Business Wardrobe
You have a new job – now you need something to wear. What are the first three things you should buy to start creating a work wardrobe? Then how do you scale it up from there?
Create and Scale
Here’s a checklist for a man starting out in an office where suits are often worn, and another for someone working in a more casual environment. We’ve listed items in the order of importance, and both come with the same words of advice: keep it simple at the beginning. Start with a foundation of three basic items that are versatile, compatible and comfortable and that you can wear all year round. Then gradually build up your wardrobe.
A Grey Suit
When you’re ready to add a second suit, this is the one. The same advice applies here as for the first navy or black suit.
A Dress Shirt
In white or blue, with a semi-spread collar, not a button-down. (You will need both eventually.
A Dark Dressy Tie
With a discreet pattern. It will work with both of your suits and your sports jacket.
Another Pair of Shoes
Perhaps a black or dark brown monk strap or a smart, structured loafer.
A three-quarter-length coat in lightweight nylon will take you from spring to late fall. Look for something smart enough to wear over a suit but also appropriate for weekends.
For A More Casual Workplace
A Soft Jacket
It could be a mid-blue or navy or another classic colour. More casual than a classic tailored sports jacket, a soft jacket works well with all your sportswear.
In leather or suede. For spring, we suggest a white sneaker, or a blue or brown sneaker with a white sole.
Dressy Dark Blue Jeans
No rips, no distressing.
A Sport Shirt
You need a great sport shirt (a chambray or a small print or check pattern) to go with your soft jacket.
A Dressy Knit
For example, a lightweight crewneck knit that looks great with the jacket or on its own.