Don’t be that guy who rocks up to a function in his stale business suit. Go from the office to the bar in style with these simple tips from style and luxury blogger Miles Wharton.
You’ve just ended a long day at the office, and you suddenly remember that you have a casual function after work. Should you just stay in your stale corporate suit? Or will you need to get changed to be more relaxed and ensure you don’t look like you’ve come straight from work? It really depends on the type of function, but there are those times when you find yourself regretting going out straight from work in your suit.
If you work in the city, or the function is close to the office, the last thing you want to do is head home to get changed. As a remedy for these times, I recommend keeping a few key items at the office to guarantee you’re prepared for anything.
How can you add a bit of complexity to your outfit? I like to add a silk pocket square, a pair of chinos and sometimes even a pair of loafers. I believe these slight adjustments to your suit looks a lot better, and I always feel fresher knowing I’m not in the same clothes I wore to work.
These accessories will emit a casual vibe and completely change the look of your outfit. Taking off your tie will also remove formality. These subtle changes will give you that extra bit of sharpness and confidence for your event. By no means do you need to completely change your outfit, as this complicates everything.
One of the most overlooked articles of clothing, the shirt is a garment worth spending your money on.
When choosing a shirt for the day, be mindful of how it will hold up after putting in a full day at the office. You want to look relaxed, not slovenly. Make sure you choose a good quality shirt made from 2-ply 100% Egyptian cotton with a high thread count; that way your shirt will stay smoother and crisper for longer and will mitigate any risk of sweat stains since the fabric will breathe.
I wear Philippe Perzi Vienna as I find their shirts very comfortable for work and extremely breathable.
For your chinos, pocket squares and loafers, keep the colours tonal. More than likely, you’ll be wearing a black, charcoal or navy suit, so a light square will always do the trick.
For the colour of your chinos, I would suggest a light cream colour as this will contrast fantastically with a dark jacket.
You have a bit more liberty with your loafers, but brown or navy tassel loafers will always make you look a million bucks.