Infamous Office Fashion Faux Pas

With the kind of dress code policies enforced in most offices, you'd think that few men could mess up their office outfits. But even with the defined rules on workday clothes, a lot of guys still show up at their cubicles with ensembles that are nowhere near stylish.

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By: Hendrik Pohl. Pohl does not only write articles on fashion and gives men style advice, but he is also the manager of online tie boutique store: http://www.bows-n-ties.com/ – a store with a huge selection of neck and bow ties to super low prices.

With the kind of dress code policies enforced in most offices, you’d think that few men could mess up their office outfits. But even with the defined rules on workday clothes, a lot of guys still show up at their cubicles with ensembles that are nowhere near stylish. Real friends don’t let friends wear manpris (among other things), and here are a few items that friendly coworkers shouldn’t let officemates don.

Suit Pants with Too Much

Jeans and suit pants are two very different pieces in the world of men’s fashion, yet many guys are yet to learn that a line must be drawn between them. Suit pants must fit in vastly different way from the way denims do; a bit of sagging and bagging is okay in the latter, but there should be no compromising the sharpness of the pants that go with your suit.

Only one adjective should be used for your suits: sharp. And that goes for your pants, too. Any excess cloth that keeps your suit pants from draping just right over your legs should be remedied by a tailor right away. Pants worn with suits should have little to no break so that the fabric falls straight from your hips. Even men’s fashion boutiques sell their pants long by default, so chances are good that a visit to the tailor will be in order anyway.

Ugly Belts

Accessories are, unfortunately, another fashion minefield for a lot of guys. Belts are a particularly problematic area; just look around the office on a typical day and you’ll find one or two coworkers sporting perfect specimens of what you should avoid.

Regardless of the look or style you want to carry, your belt should be as understated and simple as possible. Once you add all sorts of accoutrements and unnecessary hardware to a belt, chances are good that it’ll turn out ugly. As with good leather shoes and business neckties, it’s the simplest combinations that are also the most foolproof when it comes to belts. Stick to something in brown or black, and with no hardware aside from the buckle.

Flattened Collars

No matter how expensive or well-made your shirt and tie were, your outfit will still be sloppy if your shirt collar is squashed under your suit. Just because you were slaving all day behind a boring desk job doesn’t mean you should look the part come 5 PM.

Be a more discerning shopper to avoid this problem with your wear-to-work style. There are shirts made with a stiff or otherwise structured collar that’ll stand up without your having to do anything. It’s usually thanks to a plastic insert or a stiffer fabric that props the entire collar up. Keep the tips of the collar under your suit but the whole collar still visible above your suit lapels, and you should look pretty darn sharp throughout the day.

Cheap Ties

Fashion never has to be expensive, but there are things that are worth an investment, and ties fall into that category. A cheap necktie sticks out like a sore thumb, no matter how expensive the rest of your outfit is. It’s a faux pas of men’s fashion that’s committed by everyone from the messenger boy to the boss, but that doesn’t mean you should fall in.

Save up on three or four good neckties, those seven-fold silk jobs, if you can afford ’em, instead of buying a dozen cheap ones. Not only will you look much more an executive than corporate drone, but you’ll also find the neckties easier to do up. Thicker, higher quality ties made with better fabrics always have a more substantial knot, thus giving the impression of a stronger, more influential man.

Being subtle with your choices also helps a lot. Go for solids, basic stripes and small patterns instead of those loud, eye-catching styles. If the necktie is for the office, this is the kind of tie you should be getting in the first place. Experimentation has a place in men’s fashion, but that place is never in the office. Don’t even try.

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The review "Infamous Office Fashion Faux Pas" was last updated on 19/04/2015.