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Ask Harry: How can I look my best in an office that doesn’t dress up?

 
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It’s certainly true that office culture has evolved in recent years. There are still many workplaces where men are encouraged to wear suits (though we often see them without a tie), and others where men dress up for the boardroom or client meetings but relax if they’re expecting a day at their desk. But some offices, especially in the IT world, have a very casual culture. In that kind of environment, dressing up is inappropriate – which actually makes it more difficult than ever to decide what to wear.

 

The challenge is to look professional and confident as well as casual – and the guys who show up in a plaid shirt and jeans aren’t really sending that message. It’s not that they’re underdressed; they just make no impact. They offer nothing to distinguish themselves from everyone else.

 

We think a soft sports jacket looks great with a sport shirt and casual trousers, even if you take the jacket off when you’re sitting at your desk. A cool sweater or cardigan is also a sophisticated option. Check out the outfits we’ve coordinated here – casual, to be sure, but thoughtfully put together. These men still look well dressed. Because you want your colleagues and clients to know that you mean business.

 

 

 

 

 

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