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Article: How to dress stylishly for everyday life - tips for men's business dressing

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How to dress stylishly for everyday life - tips for men's business dressing

Stylish and good business dressing consists of a combination of your own style and a few basic rules of dressing for situations, which guide the assembly of outfits and facilitate the creation of combinations.

There is a lot of variation in men's work attire, and it is good to place the dress within the boundaries of the general style of your workplace. Every now and then it's also good to break the usual workplace dress codes, if it's for example jumping from a hoodie to a blazer or even a nice sweater.

Dressing is one of the most important parts of the first impression, and the first impression is a really important part of the work environment. So you should especially use thought when dressing. At the same time, of course, you should think about what kind of image you want to give of yourself and how well it describes you in reality. With your appearance alone, you can at your best, for example, strengthen a matter-of-fact and reliable impression.

Getting dressed isn't always easy, especially if it doesn't feel like your thing. For example, changing jobs can be a situation where you should think about your own dressing. However, with a few tips, it's easier and you don't always have to replace your entire wardrobe when you want to change your clothes. Business dressing can be divided into three different areas,

  • Business formal: the most official work dress code
  • Business casual: a slightly more relaxed outfit after the casual suit
  • Smart casual: a neat, but significantly more relaxed ensemble

In these three areas, it is easy to find tips suitable for your everyday life and, if necessary, modify your wardrobe as needed into a few pieces of clothing that serve as the cornerstones of your wardrobe. The basic idea in all aspects of dressing is clean, intact clothes that are not used in sports ;)

Business formal

Business formal, business attire or casual wear is the most official and cleanest form of work dressing, which is especially suitable for office work, which includes official client meetings, business meetings and meetings and so on.

Business formal is a form of dress applied from the dark suit dress code to neat everyday wear, which basically means a dark suit designed for work.

The most traditional suit intended for everyday use is usually single-breasted and either grey, dark blue or black. An easy and functional rule of thumb when choosing a casual suit is to choose it from durable and high-quality materials, because the suit should remain clean in almost everyday use for a long time. In terms of materials, a suit made of wool is often the most durable and breathable.

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A blue suit is always stylish and suitable not only for work wear but also for parties. When buying a suit, always make sure that the suit is fitted, so that it is comfortable to wear and looks good. A leather briefcase is a long-lasting classic that is sure to impress with its elegance and completes business formal attire.

The collared shirt worn under the suit is preferably light in color, most classically either white or light blue. Subdued patterns are also allowed, but a monochrome collared shirt is always the safest choice. The tie is determined by the collared shirt, you can wear a patterned tie with a plain shirt and vice versa. Of course, there can be color in the tie, but I recommend always choosing a handkerchief in the same tone as the tie or collared shirt.

Shoes with a casual suit should be clean and leather, either brown or black. Finally, the belt, which is always determined by the color of the shoes. Brown shoes - brown belt, black shoes - black belt.

When the cold weather surprises, business formal dressing is completed by a neat and timeless woolen jacket that covers the suit under the jacket.A black or dark blue woolen jacket works wonderfully in formal everyday life and remains just as stylish year after year. With a neat scarf and leather gloves, you give the last touch to the style.

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You can add color to a woolen fabric jacket with a wonderful silk scarf. Stylish brown leather shoes are one of the cornerstones of the wardrobe.

Business Casual

Business casual dressing is a form of neat dressing that is more relaxed than formal everyday wear, which is suitable for example for casual parties and neat office work when there are no official representative events.

A dark suit is still a valid choice in this form of dressing, but now you can leave the tie at home, open the top button and add more color and pattern to the ensemble more freely in the form of a collared shirt. You can also use more personality and freedom in the fabric of the suit, for example a blue suit with a light check pattern is a very stylish choice for business casual dressing.

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With the suit, boldly colored accessories or a vest bring personality to the outfit, but it is still a very stylish choice and suitable for various occasions. With a loose jacket, you get versatile combinations, a good blazer lends itself to parties and stylish everyday life in the form of different outfits.

Business casual dressing should always be thought of according to the situation and environment. If the workplace or, for example, a party invitation does not actually have a dress code, but neat dressing is desirable, you should turn to business casual.

In addition to a dark suit, an outfit for business casual work wear can also be formed by selecting, for example, straight trousers, fabric trousers, a neat sweater, a collared shirt and a loose jacket. With accessories, it is easy to stylishly bring color and personality to the whole in any situation. However, when creating an outfit, remember to keep in mind the cleanliness and functionality of the whole. The shoes are also leather in this form of dressing, preferably black or brown.

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A high-quality briefcase crowns the needs of even a demanding working day. A brown leather briefcase combined with a neat casual suit is certainly the perfect combination for the business casual dress code.

When planning and purchasing clothes for work, you should always invest in the quality of the clothes and good, durable materials. At best, you spend really long days in these clothes, during which they have to stay clean and fresh. 

Breathable natural materials such as cotton and wool are therefore absolutely brilliant. Wool, for example, breathes excellently and does not wrinkle easily, as a plus, it is really easy to maintain clothes made of wool. As a material, wool cleans itself, and woolen clothes can be kept clean and fresh-smelling largely only by airing them. Viscose is very soft and feels pleasant against the skin. Cotton is durable and combined with a small amount of elastane, it stretches just right, giving a great fit and comfort to the garment.

Smart Casual

Smart casual still represents cool, but now slightly more relaxed dressing that works both in free time and for cool indoor work. Smart casual dressing enables outfits where the realization of your own style can be displayed more strongly. The boundaries of dressing in the style in question are somewhat vague and open to interpretation, but there are a few basic rules for this as well.

Stylish clothing should be personal and comfortable, a flexible blazer adapts to many styles and is nice to wear all day. When you find a high-quality sweater in your wardrobe, it can work as a companion to a blazer or on its own.You can create a twist in the outfit with, for example, checkered trousers

One good rule to remember is that smart casual dressing can of course be relaxed, but since that style of dressing is still included in work dressing, it should remain practical. While the smart casual dress code gives the wearer the freedom to realize themselves, it also brings the responsibility of staying between over and underdressing. However, slightly overdressing is a better option than underdressing in official situations.

Because smart casual dressing is much more free when it comes to a person's own style, you can see a wide variety of outfits based on it. A well-fitting blazer, collared shirt and fabric trousers is an easy and stylish combination. When switching to a more relaxed smart casual style, you can change the blazer to a vest or sweater if you want.  

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A blazer can have a different cut, which brings relaxation to a loose jacket and can easily be combined with, for example, black chinos and sneaker-soled leather shoes. A neat and well-thought-out outfit is always stylish and perfectly suited to the smart casual dress code.

In your free time, smart casual can even consist of a combination of jeans and a neat collared shirt. According to this dress code, the shoes can also be chosen a little more carefree, for example light moccasins in the summer and leather shoes with sneaker soles work brilliantly to complete the ensemble.

The cornerstones of a smart casual wardrobe: 

  • Nice trousers, for example chinos or fabric trousers
  • A collared shirt (with or without a pattern, preferably both)
  • Nice sweater
  • A blazer that fits your style
  • Leather shoes (doesn't have to be dress shoes)
  • Quality belt
  • Overcoat

Always invest in quality so that the clothes are durable. By combining different pieces of clothing, you get many different outfits. Chinos and a sweater work together as such, when the weather is cool, you can put a blazer over the sweater. A blazer always works with a collared shirt and is an easy classic. Comfort in the outfit comes from well-fitting cuts and good materials, which can also have flexibility. When you want to change your outfit, use accessories such as a handkerchief or a scarf, etc. A colorful, thinner scarf can also be worn with a blazer indoors, in which case it brings a new look to the outfit.

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Getting dressed is a very pleasant activity at its best, if you need tips on how to dress, we at the boutique are happy to help you create different outfits. We take into account what you need and which products suit your personality and needs. See you at the boutique! :)


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