A refresher: outfits for the office - The Inside Pocket

In case you forgot what works for work.

 

OUTFIT IDEAS FOR HEADING BACK TO WORK

Words: C. Stewart

Hear that? It’s Boris sounding the back-to-work klaxon. Even if it’s just one day a week, back full-time or maybe starting something new after a period off, you’re going to have to ease yourself out of your joggers and into something work-appropriate.

Our advice is to aim for something between the formality of a suit and the casualness you’ve got used to. Here are some ideas on how to do it.

 

 

An obvious choice for work is a good shirt. But you don’t have to revert to the ironed-and-white type. Try a garment-dyed version for that lived-in look or an overshirt to layer up in utilitarian workwear style.

As for your lower half, a pair of tailored trousers or chinos with stretch will feel comfy but look smart. Our shout’s a pleated pair for a vintage detail that also gives a roomier, comfier fit around the seat.

 

On days you do need to make a little more effort, it’ll feel good to put something decent on again – and that might well be a suit. The trick is to balance it with enough casual to feel right for now.

For exanple, take the edge of a tailored check jacket with a wool-blend polo shirt or wear a double-breasted jacket open over a simple white tee. Even a three-piece suit will suddenly feel all the more achievable if you wear it with a denim shirt and knitted tie.