ILLUSTRATOR War Espejo

For the Guys: 10 Picks That Will Help You Nail Your Office’s Casual Dress Code

Because no one wants to be the guy in gym shorts and a ratty T-shirt.


 

(SPOT.ph) The morning ritual of dressing up for work used to be so simple—a simple gray flannel suit and a crisply pressed shirt and tie was the white-collar man's trusty uniform. But now, with the proliferation of creative agencies, tech startups, and BPOs, more companies are beginning to adopt a more informal workplace environment, with a corresponding dress code that gives more leeway for creative expression. Suddenly, the lack of clothing restrictions brings several questions to mind—can you still impress your boss during a crucial presentation while wearing cargo shorts? Is my outfit office-appropriate?

 

Here's the thing—dress casually, but look like you put some thought into your outfit. Think of what you would wear to meet your girlfriend's parents, or when you're accompanying your grandparents to Mass. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the devil is in the details, and they can elevate your outfit from errand-worthy to office-appropriate. Here are 10 chill picks that will keep you looking sharp as you climb the corporate ladder.

 

 

 

Washed Blue Stretch Slim Jeans (P2,195) from Topman

Yes, you can wear jeans to the office! But no, you should probably stay away from the baggy, tattered ones that you've had since your university days. Look for an pair in a slim fit and a sober hue (think twice before you pick the acid wash), and you'll be ready for business in no time.

 

 

 

Heritage Penny Loafers (P6,500) from Sebago

Leather loafers are one of the most versatile pairs of shoes any man can own. Wear it with jeans and a button-down to dress it up, and pair it with a relaxed linen suit to give some flair to your business lunch meeting.

 

 

 

1996 White T-Shirt (P990) from Factory

T-shirts are a great way to showcase your individuality in the workplace. Keep your eyes peeled for great graphic pieces—this one in particular exudes retro-cool charm.

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Corduroy Jacket in Maroon (P3,595) from Zara Men

When the office's air-conditioning reaches Arctic levels of freezing, it might be a good idea to keep a warm jacket on hand. But don't go reaching for the ubiquitous bombers or denim ones just yet—a corduroy number in a statement color will make sure you'll catch the attention of your supervisors in the best way possible.

 

 

 

White Handcrafted Sneakers (P2,900) from Straightforward

Isn't it great that we can now wear sneakers to work? You might have to think twice before unboxing the uber-trendy limited-edition pair you skipped several lunches for though—a minimalist sneaker with clean lines and a classic silhouette is the more office-appropriate choice.

 

 

 

Hudson Tote in Fatigue Green (P2,700) from Gouache

A tote bag is perfect for the stylish man who finds briefcases too stuffy and backpacks too juvenile. Get one with a crossbody strap and water-repellent fabric to make it commute-friendly too!

 

 

 

Wool-blend Jumper in Lion Yellow (P1,690) from H&M

A crew-neck sweater is a classic officewear staple, but showcase your youth and creativity by wearing it in a punchy color! This piece in the trendy Gen-Z yellow hue will keep you warm but also lets everyone know you have a mind as bright as your sweater.

 

 

 

Braided Belt (P695) from Bershka

Nothing elevates a man's getup more than a good ol' leather belt. Whether you're in casual clothing or dressed up for an important meeting, wearing one won't fail to make your look more put-together.

 

 

 

Oxford Slim-Fit Long-Sleeve Shirt (P990) from Uniqlo

The oxford shirt is a preppy menswear staple that would go well with jeans. Try one in a pastel-pink hue—because yes, real men do wear pink.

 

 

 

Chalk-stripe Trousers in Navy (P2,995) from MANGO Man

Take your typical navy trousers up a notch by looking for a pair with pinstripes! Whether you dress it down with a T-shirt and sneakers, or with a freshly ironed button-down and leather oxfords, there's no denying that pinstripes will always keep a man looking sharp.

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