Sunday, June 17, 2012

Men's Summer Fashion Tips For Work

Men's long-sleeve button up shirt

I don't post very much about men's fashion, but in honor of Father's Day, I'd like to share a few men's fashion tips for work...I'm a sucker for a dapper-looking man in a nice shirt and tie!

However, first off I'd like to say that you should definitely consider donating to a charity shop any clothing that you haven't worn in at least 6 months. Any tatty or worn clothing should go to charity as well - unless it is beyond repair, then you should throw it away.

Put into suitable storage all your heavy, dark winter clothes and make way for the brighter summer pieces you should be thinking about buying by now. Thick patterned clothing will be replaced by lighter, solid colours with hardly any patterns – this applies mostly to designer shirts.

Items to consider adding to the summer work wardrobe are high-end fitted shirts made only by the best tailors. This is because you aren't going to be able to disguise those ill-fitting shirts under jackets or raincoats any more (well, we can hope). When you’re commuting to work or attending that garden party, your shirt will have nowhere to hide! So it must be well-fitted to provide the strong foundation of your outfit. Another reason you shouldn't go for cheaper brands is that quality fabric won't struggle to breathe. Non-iron materials (i.e. the cheaper ones) will definitely cause a build-up of heat, which causes sweat – not a good look!

Red bow tieFor summer work ties, you should certainly choose silks, as they are lighter in weight, and go for bright, block colours as opposed to a heavy pattern or dense texture. A silk bow tie is a good investment as they can really make an impression at an informal or formal party.

You can also stand out from the crowd with a bow tie, but make sure you aren't too loud. You can do this by ensuring there is an element of contrast between the bow tie and your shirt so the different components of your outfit complement one another. A good rule of thumb is to wear a solid colour bow tie with a patterned shirt or vice versa.

What men's fashion tips would you like to add?

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