The return to office is back on the cards and, if you're returning to the office for the first time since March 2020, you'll be preparing your working wardrobe once more. If you're unsure what to wear, don't worry! We at A Hand Tailored Suit are here to inspire you with some sharp examples to make sure you are ready for the commuting and office lifestyle once more.
Wrap Up Warm!
The days are getting longer and soon you won't be commuting to and from work when it's still dark outside; but until then, the cold temperatures are still with us and that means wrapping up warm. Rely on a trusty woollen overcoat and warm accessories to keep you cosy and toasty - the style of choice is completely up to you... of course, comfort is key, but never underestimate the power of a refined and sharp overcoat.
The power of an overcoat should never be underestimated and can have just as much impact as the suit itself upon your return to office; but make sure it is practical. Wearing a cashmere blend overcoat in the rainy commute to work is never great, so have that trusty waterproof/water-resistant trench or mac coat on hand by your front door to wear in case a last-minute change is needed.
Overcoats are great to keep warm on the commute, but wearing a lovely cashmere or merino knitted jumper will ensure comfort and extra protection against the cold. In the office, style your crew or V-neck over a classic collar shirt with the collar folded over the top. For a minimal look, opt for a zip neck knitted piece or polo neck jumper.
A well-tailored and perfectly fitted suit speaks volumes, and what better than choosing your favourite suit for your first day back in the office to ensure you feel ready to take on the day. Suiting brings confidence, and whether you opt for a single or double-breasted piece, a two-piece or three-piece, feel inspired to fetch that suit and tie from your wardrobe once more to show you mean business.
If you wear a suit on a day-to-day basis for your work, then ensure you choose one made from a cloth that has a great longevity. You want to have a great suit for a great value without the seams or fabric thinning within the first month, so wear one between the super values of Super 120's to 150's. Top tip: if you're buying a new bespoke suit for work, always get a second pair of trousers. You can wear your favourite suit for longer in the week!
Accessories can play a huge part in the appearance of the suit too: cufflinks, tie clips, matching tie and pocket square set, trouser braces, collar pin...what will you wear?
Even if you're wearing a knitted piece over the top or keeping your suit jacket on for the whole day, a formal shirt is still required - and it's vital that it fits perfectly. Wearing a shirt that doesn't fit correctly or feel comfortable is not good, so go for a shirt that will fit perfectly and look smart. You can go for the classic blues, pinks and white shirts in the style of check patterns, stripes, herringbone weaves or plain cloths. For the colder weather right now, opt for a twill or oxford weave for extra warmth. In the summer, you can roll up your long sleeve shirts or wear a short sleeved buttoned shirt. Button-down collar shirts are still a great choice for those dress down days in the office, and a cutaway collar is renowned for that extra smart attire.
Top tip: it never hurts to have multiples of the same shirt. You wanted to wear your favourite white twill shirt but you've got a coffee stain on it? Not to worry. You've got another one in the wardrobe.
Not every office dress code requires a matching two or three-piece suit, and this is where the beauty of wearing separates come in. Want to wear your favourite navy and grey windowpane check blazer but haven't got matching trousers? Wear plain navy chinos with them and a grey crew neck underneath. It's all about that mix and match styling that will still result in some serious statement office outfits. Or if you're wanting to wear a three-piece suit, switch out the matching waistcoat for a contrasting piece.
The key colours within a classic business and working wardrobe are ones that are timeless, ones that will always remain classics and so easy to style in many different outfits. For suits, a classic navy or grey suit is great or for shirts as mentioned, a classic white shirt is perfect to style up your bolder accessories, along with blues and pinks. We've included an array of colours in this post you could wear in the office; but never feel afraid to go outside your comfort zone a little bit. Experiment with a touch of burgundy, a splash of green or this year's Pantone Colour of the Year 2022: Very Peri.
This blue/purple shade is a perfect shade for the winter season currently but will also be a brightening shade for when the Spring season kicks in, and will look great styled as a tie within your working outfit. Keep an eye out for some of the key colours that are forecast to be quite popular for the upcoming year if you are to be in the office more, including ocean blue and orchid pink.
If you're looking to incorporate more colour into your bespoke office wardrobe, our colour chart will always be there to inspire you! There's still time to make the most of the autumnal burgundy or the frosty blues.
Be ready for that return to office in your sharpest workwear! If you're after some new bespoke shirts or want to kick off the return with a brand new sharp suit, get in touch with our talented bespoke tailoring team today!
Gentlemen, wanting more workwear inspiration? Check out more for what you could wear upon your return to the office here!
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