Thursday 4 August 2016


It's happened. Your three years of late nights and last minute revision have paid of and you're a graduate. That means the end of student partying and time to knuckle down and get your first job in the 'real' world. Even if it's relatively laid back, it's time to ditch the sweats and oversized tee for something a little more stylish and mature, but that doesn't mean to say you can't have fun with your wardrobe. 

With an ever growing choice of styling options available out there, it's important to choose something that will stay true to you, but that will also make sure you stay ahead and stand out from the crowd. The last thing you want is to turn up on your first day of your new job and look like you've borrowed your dad's suit. Workwear doesn't always have to be two piece and I'll show you how.

It does depend on your employer, but the line between casual wear and formal attire has been blurred and it's a lot more acceptable to mix it up. If you're going into a more traditional field of work such as a lawyer or banker, then the suit is a must and it's a lot easier to style yourself, but if you've snagged a job with your creative skills or personal management, then there's more room to play around. It's said that the first things people judge you on, is your shoes - which has always stuck in my mind. They can bring the whole outfit together and tip the smart/casual balance. I think sticking to a loafer or crisp white pair of sneakers can keep the outfit stylish, but office worthy. Mr Porter offers a brilliant choice of men's footwear for todays style conscious gent and I always turn to them for some style inspiration.

Try mixing up tailored trousers with oxford shirts and jersey on your top half and use layering to your advantage. Clean lines and crisp colours will always give a smart appearance and make you stand out. For the cooler months, opt for a blazer and semi formal tailoring. Think classic colors such as navy, grey and camel for an alternative option. The timeless stone chino can also bring you from student to respectable adult as long as they fit correctly. Opt for a slimmer leg with enough length to cuff the ankle without them rising up too high.

With accessories, this is the one time I think you should stick with timeless pieces and classic options. It's always important to dress your age, but when it comes to those added extras, make sure to invest in this pieces that'll give you a sophisticated and mature touch. Always carry a pair of sunglasses for when you're out and about and make sure you invest in a cardholder of some sort. I always tend to choose brown leather over black, but it's a great idea to have both. 

Think about maintaining a smart cut appearance by bringing new found pieces and mixing then with timeless options. Find your own personal style, but make sure you upkeep a smart and professional style at all times. My top pieces for your new workwear wardrobe would be the classic tailored trouser, minimal canvas trainer with crisp cottons and breton stripes. Follow this and you'll be sure to stand out from the crowd and carry that effortless style you're after, into your new role. 

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