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craigmarch52   , 31

from Melbourne


Nailing the Corporate Look

What many men don't realize is that what they wear to the office really can make or break their careers. Too many men may neglect scuff marks on their shoes, a too-long haircut or a faded and pilled dress shirt that's holding them back from a promotion in responsibility. 

In order to make a good impression with both their employers and clients, men will need to find ways to update and maintain their wardrobe.

Find a budget

Depending on their line of work, every man can find ways to upgrade their wardrobe. Change can be made on any budget.

For example, every man should have a well-tailored suit in a dark neutral color, such as black, navy or charcoal. This is the starting point. If the man is wealthy, he can invest in one or more designer mens suits, but a man who can't afford such extravagance can opt for shopping at an upscale consignment shop or the sale rack. 

No matter what the cost, the suit should be tailored to fit the individual. 

Men should never skimp on shoes or a briefcase, as these key pieces will be viewed daily. The shoes should always be constructed of real leather. Black is necessary in conservative settings, but many offices allow cognac or a deep oxblood as well.

All shoes and briefcases should be polished or treated with a leather oil on a regular basis to maintain their supple finish, especially in the drying winter months. 

Assess the trends

While no office wants their employees to look tacky, men can find ways to look more current and showcase their personalities. 

Pattern mixing has become fashionable, with plaid or gingham shirts pairing nicely with striped ties. As long as the pattern is small and in muted tones, it can be a fun way to liven up a too-serious suit. Pocket squares can be paired with this look to add a splash of accent color.

Patterned socks in stripes, argyles and Swiss dots are also a fun way to inject some life into a look. If a man works in a creative setting, this is a nice way to add some whimsy and creativity to their look when dealing with clients.

Take a good look at hairstyles

Clean barbershop hairstyles, with hair being longer on top and shaped into a clean undercut beneath, are still going strong for office style this year. Facial hair may be accepted in some settings, but it should always be close-cropped with impeccably trimmed edges.

Men can consult with a trusted female friend or stylist to determine what hairstyle would best accent their cheekbones and jawline. 

Keep accessories to a minimum 

A simple, classic watch may be all a man needs to add flair to his look, but many may choose to add a unique set of cuff links or a tie clip as well. 

One thing they shouldn't do is pile on rings or necklaces as if they were going to the club.

A wedding band is acceptable, of course, but any other jewelry should stay at home.