Being a young professional and having to dress appropriately for work can be a difficult task. During my internship experiences in City Hall and Buffalo State College, I frequently came across other aspiring young professionals wearing a polo shirt and baggy khakis, or a billowy dress shirt, skinny tie and square toed shoes. Unfortunately, I could not even offer assistance at that time because I too owned several over sized dress shirts and unflattering khaki trousers.
However, once I made the conscious decision to build a professional wardrobe and find a good tailor. I realized that I quickly gained the respect and attention of my peers, but most importantly my supervisors. Now please allow me to issue this disclaimer. There is no substitute for hard work. Therefore, a well-tailored suit is not going to single-handedly help you land your dream job or even get you that promotion, but it definitely will be a factor.
The concept of dressing well is often overlooked, and not taken seriously by many men in the workplace, especially in the U.S. Therefore, when other young professionals enter the workplace they make the same mistakes as their predecessors. Now I do not have all of the answers when it comes to appropriate dress for your office, especially since I constantly push the envelope at my own workplace. However, one thing that remains constant is that one thing is the fact that a well-tailored suit, a crisp dress shirt, a tie in a somber color, and a polished pair of shoes can speak volumes before an actual conversation starts.
With that being said, I decided to provide some workplace inspiration. Notice that my trousers are not as aggressively tapered like I usually wear them. This is due to the fact that some employers and supervisors might not appreciate modern tailoring and extra slim trousers. Therefore, it is important to own at least couple suits with a leg opening of about 8 in. to 8.5 in. Also, your shirt and tie color combination is an important factor when wearing a suit to the office, so I often suggest a white or blue shirt and a simple knitted or rep tie. And last but not least, an impressive time piece is always a must.
Suit by Zara, Shirt by Turnbull & Asser, Tie by Vintage, Tie Clip by Swank, Suspenders by Vintage, Watch by Skagen, Shoes by Stuart McGuire