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Taking Back The Office

18th March 2014 | Posted in Menswear

Formal dress in the modern work place is a curious thing- the days of suits and power dressing for five days of the week are pretty much behind us, yet remnants of the sartorial elegance of the office are still going strong with an eclectic mix of tailoring elements working their way into casual style that leans towards some of the basics of formal wear.

Take this look as a prime example of how to master an image that doesn't let the side down when it comes to a smart appearance, yet doesn't take your style to the formal extremes of full, classic tailoring. Strong blends of colour, as well as contrasting textures and the subtle use of pattern gives this ensemble the perfect balance of casual/formal dress:

Ralph Lauren LS Chambray Slim Fit Shirt

Light weight and breathable, this crisp white shirt comes from one of the most prolific designers of modern fashion. Setting the tone for pretty much every preppy inspired style going, Ralph Lauren blends sleek features, elegant design and intimate details to create beautifully balanced garments. Giving a simple and effective base for this look, this white Ralph Lauren shirt offers the chance to add extra colours into the ensemble at will.

Ralph Lauren Hunter Navy Cardigan

The cardigan is a great ally when you’re aiming for a versatile look. Perfect for layering up, or wearing with a shirt when the temperature starts to climb, the cardigan gives off strong sartorial vibes that offer the details of a waistcoat, without the formality. The deep shade of navy on this Ralph Lauren cardigan is a great starting point for smarter style, adding contrast against the sharp white shade of the shirt.

Scotch and Soda Blue Summer Blazer

Adding the main piece of tailoring inspired flair to this ensemble, this Scotch & Soda blazer is a reference to the suit jackets that formally roamed the office. Cropped shorter than a classic suit jacket and with a much more versatile finish, this particular piece features a single button fastening, making it a true representation of casual style with a sartorial twist. The light blue colour of this jacket is supported by cotton and linen blended material, giving it a lightweight feel that is perfect for the spring and summer months. Sitting effortlessly well with the previous white and navy layers, this blazer typifies modern chic style with a slim fit and elegant cut.

Scotch and Soda Summer Fun Bow Tie

Crowning this entire look with a touch of historical importance, this Scotch & Soda bow tie typifies the identity of this ensemble. Offering a classic throwback feel to an otherwise sharp and modern style, this patterned bow tie ensures that this look maintains a level of fun-taking another step away from its formal predecessors.

This look relies on an instantly eye catching top half, so ensure that the bottom of the ensemble remains elegantly understated. Dark indigo denim is the perfect partner for your legs for such a look, so try a pair of Paul Smith Tapered Fit Jeans to continue the tailored look down from the torso.

A pair of Hugo Boss striped socks will ensure that even the basics are covered in the same stylish manner as your outerwear, whilst choosing the right pair of shoes to complete this look is essential.

Trust Paul Smith to add an extra level of style to this well appointed look, with a classic narrow brogue shoe. Finished in a deep blue, the Paul Smith Miller navy brogue is made in Italy and uses a plush, soft leather to provide the utmost comfort for those long days on the go.

Finally, modern smart style doesn't mean letting go of the board room basics. You’re still going to need something with ample space to keep everything important together, so look no further than this Hugo Boss Risky black leather bag. Finished using a high quality leather, it promises to be a firm investment in timeless style, whilst the magnetic closure system and shoulder strap make it incredibly practical for everyday use.

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