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How to Give Your Office Style a Charge of Energy

by Style Team
31 Jul 2017 | 2:10 PM

You're not at home, bro. The workplace may be getting more and more casual, but that doesn't mean you should look like you literally just threw something on (in a bad way).

Think of all the times you spent crafting that perfect CV, memorizing interview answers you found on Google and waiting for your dream company to call and tell that you got the job. Do you really want to look drab on your first day, and every day after at that?

The thing with dressing for the office nowadays is that you don't need to wear a suit and a tie or button-down shirts just to look presentable. A polished ensemble is comprised of your overall look plus good hygiene (which means that haggard skin is a no-no, among other things). Ditch that boring shirt-and-pants look because you have to dress the part in order to stand out, and it pays to be ready in case one of your friends invites you for a night-out.

Here are some tips:

  1. Upgrade your backpack.
    Other than a briefcase or a messenger bag, there are plenty of other bag types out there that can be considered your work bag. They come in a variety of shapes and colors that still look appropriate and professional-say an olive green cross body bag for that masculine and semi-rugged vibe.
     
  2. Expand your selection of kicks.
    Ever heard of dress boots and derbies? If not, then you better educate yourself on the many footwear options available for men in the market. After all, shoes are a man's essentials. Why don't you give your loafers a day's rest by trying on some neat espadrilles? 
     
  3. Go for the pullover shirt.
    This versatile piece is like a t-shirt and long-sleeves in one! It can easily give you that smart casual look without trying too hard. It also helps you keep warm when the office air-conditioning is in full blast!
  4. Layer a denim jacket or a cardigan over your shirt.
    A third piece isn't only perfect for the unpredictable weather, it's also the easiest way to spruce up your basic tee-and-jeans combo. Just put it over your favorite shirt, and voila, instant makeover.
     
  5. Dress down on Fridays.
    This is only applicable for those who work in environments that aren't too strict with dress codes. Looking all-business from Monday to Thursday is fine, but don't forget to show your pals through your wardrobe that you can be totally down with the fun and relaxing adventures the weekend brings. Choose an outfit that packs a punch of color to stand out from the sea of grays and whites. 
     
  6. Dress down formal pieces.
    Sometimes, wearing the usual suit-and-tie ensemble to an office isn't required and might even make you look too full of yourself if the situation doesn't call for it. You can dress down your formal bottoms by wearing it with a crew neck or roll neck shirt that adds a casual element to the formality of the style.

This article originally appeared in Summit Media. 

*Modifications have been made by the Unilever Content Marketing editors.