Dressing Professionally: A Guide for Guys to Polish Up Their Work Attire

1. Know the Business Casual Basics

  • DO wear sweaters, sweater vests, turtlenecks, and button-ups
  • DON’T wear polos (unless your workplace leans on the more casual side)
  • DO wear a tailored blazer
  • DON’T wear a suit, tie, and dress shirt unless it’s for a formal occasion
  • DO wear a fitted, neutral t-shirt under a blazer
  • DON’T wear a t-shirt on its own
  • DO wear khakis, chinos, or high-quality, fitted denim
  • DON’T wear worn jeans, sweatpants, track pants, or cargo pants
  • DO wear neutral tones and simple patterns
  • DON’T wear anything loud, bright, flashy, or avant-garde
  • DO keep it simple and clean
  • DON’T wear anything made for athletics
  • DO wear stylish dress shoes or boots
  • DON’T wear sneakers
  • DO wear comfortable clothing that fits well
  • DON’T wear loose leisure clothing

2. Incorporate Stylish Accessories

3. Boost Your Blazer Game

4. Be Cautious With Color

5. Mind Your Footwear

6. Invest in a Few Staple Pieces

7. Seek inspiration

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Tess DiNapoli

Tess DiNapoli

Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about fitness & wellness, as well as fashion.