Written by Jessica Baker:
Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than going out after a hard days work still sporting the classic black and white combo that’s synonymous with office wear; it’s uncool, uncomfortable and unappealing. Unfortunately, going home to change isn’t always possible. However, there are ways to significantly enhance your after-hours look with minimal effort.
Whether you’re heading out on a date, meeting some friends at a club, or simply going to a bar for some drinks, these tips will help.
Add Some Silver – Accessories That Is
Silver, black and white fuses together perfectly, and the simple addition of some jewellery can do wonders for your office wear style. Get yourself a nice set of cufflinks, a belt buckle, and a watch in the same style. They’ll provide some much needed accents and divert attention from an otherwise boring outfit when you head out after-hours.
Add A Little Brown To Your Office Wear
Brown is one of the most misunderstood colors in fashion, but with the right combo, it can look very stylish. Add a few tinges of brown to a black and white office wear outfit to subtly give it a little more life and character. A pair of brown leather shoes and a belt could be all you need; however, if you want to take it a little further, consider throwing on a brown tweed or leather jacket as well.
Loosen Up Your Office Wear After Hours
The second you leave the office you’re no longer representing your company, so feel free to loosen up. Un-tuck your shirt and roll up your sleeves if you’re heading out to the bar or somewhere a little less formal. Lose the tie altogether. If you leave it dangling over your neck it’ll simply look scruffy.
Corporate clothing wear doesn’t have to be bland and boring. If the prospect of varying your style seems a little daunting, just take baby steps and change one or two items of clothing at a time. When you get used to the idea of experimenting, it will significantly boost your confidence both in and out of the workplace.
Change Your Hairstyle
Your hair is the most adaptable part of your body and can change your entire look with just a couple minutes of styling. No doubt your hair will lose its shape throughout the day, so prepare yourself by bringing a pot of wax or mousse to work. The short quiff – aka, the Ryan Gosling quiff – is currently a hot style in men’s fashion; as with the topknot, which is not only simple and convenient, but can look effortlessly cool if you have long hair.
Use Bolder Colors For Office Wear
You don’t have to stick with the standard white and black combo. A good fitting red, pink or blue shirt can look equally as smart and will blend seamlessly with neutral colors; beige, brown, black, etc. If wearing something bold seems a little too much, ease yourself into it with a bold colored tie instead. When you get used to the idea of wearing less conventional color schemes you’ll never go back.
Change Your Trousers After Hours
Consider losing the black or grey trousers and opt for something a little more bright, such as beige cords. Even a pair of good fitting skinny jeans can look smart when combined with a shirt and tie, and will instantly take off the corporate edge.
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