Easy to Remember, Easy to Assemble Men’s Essentials
Whether you’re an avid gym-goer or new to the scene, if you stay up on the latest trends or need some help in the style department, we’ve got you covered with the essentials to carry you from your early morning workout to that mid morning meeting.
A fast-moving trend that calls for a mix of athletic and business wear to form an appropriate but comfortable look is acceptable for transitioning from the gym to the workplace. While the standard nine-to-five office doesn’t normally classify casual wear as business professional, there are some workplaces that do (depending on your employer). Here are some ways to incorporate both comfort and class, beginning with the essentials.
When stepping off the treadmill and into the office, feel free to swap out or add any of your favorite gym essentials to your ready-to-work wear (provided they’re clean and show no signs of wear). Before you do though, think about who you’ll be meeting with today. If you’re about to walk in to a meeting with a bigwig or new client, think about keeping the sneaks in the gym bag for another day. Never wear your gnarly running shoes either; update your brand of sneakers if you’re planning on wearing them to work. Try Nike Free, Nike Roshe, New Balance or even Converse Chuck Taylors. Pumas, Eccos and Brooks are always unacceptable in the office.
While we’re on the subject of safe trades let’s discuss our no-no’s. The rules of work wear attire are much more strict than those of casual wear. Don’t wear your dress shoes when you’re pumping iron. Dress shoes are only appropriate with slacks or a suit. If your workplace prefers jeans over sweats, go with a dark wash, fitted pair of jeans with a belt that matches the color of your shoes. Your nice sneakers may be more acceptable and less noticable when paired this way. Pay attention to the length and cut of your work essentials as well. Don’t settle for a poor fit simply because it costs less. What looks good on the manequin may not fit you perfectly. Invest in good tailoring when it comes to suits, slacks and sport coats.
The easiest way to assemble an acceptable business-cas’ outfit is to choose a top and a bottom from the same category and add one or more essentials from the other as accessories. For example: a blazer, button-up and dress pants go great with a pullover or zip up sweater and sneakers. You may also want to try a clean, simple t-shirt with sweats and sneakers. Top this look off with a blazer for an alternative casual-friday outfit.
If all else fails, simply stick with one list to avoid workwear faux pas until you feel comfortable enough to start adding juxtaposing detail to your attire. And since the goal is to incorporate something new and trendy into your wardrobe, tweet us @OrlandoStyle and @TampaStyle using the hashtag #styleworkready with your favorite athletic-business hybrid outfit.