How to Merge Fashion with Utility

If you happen to work in an office where there’s a dress code, chances are good that you enjoy having a pretty chilly work environment, even when it is the hottest time of day. However, even when your office stays at a comfortable 68 degrees, that doesn’t mean that you need to wear the same clothes you wear in the fall and winter months. Keep in mind that you have the commute as well as your lunch break to consider. You need to be ready for anything from weather to activities when it comes to what you wear to work.

Here is a quick look at some of the things you will need to be able to do that and merge fashion with utility.

Dress Shirts

The dress shirts of today are not the ones your father had to wear. Now, you can get athletic fitting dress shirts that are so much better. The most popular ones offer you professional style made from performance fabrics. They will wick any moisture away from your skin to keep you cool even in the hottest weather. The materials are made with 4-way stretch and can be washed right in your washing machine as opposed to others that need to be dry cleaned. You can find these stylish shirts in a variety of styles and colors, which means there is something for everyone.


Men tend to enjoy wearing casual shoes. Many men practically live in them. You should never need to sacrifice performance and style for comfort and function. This is especially true of shoes. You need to have shoes for the office that are comfortable and can transition easily to anything else that you might have going on later. Whether this means just going home or going out with the guys for the night, the ideal shoes will be great for everything.


This men’s fashion tip even applies in the hotter months, if you work in an office where the temps are kept a bit too far on the low side, you will need some warmth. Some sweaters tend to be rather chunky while others might be a bit on the lean side. If you are going to wear a sweater, it needs to match the bottom half of your ensemble. In other words, if it is a rather chilly day and you wear a chunky sweater, you also need to be wearing rugged pants. Those gorgeous wool and silk suit pants will pair better with a sweater that has the same elegance.

Trousers and Chinos

These wardrobe staples can be treated just as jeans would be. You should try to get pairs that can be worn both in casual situations and in settings that have a bit more formality. If you go for shades of brown, gray or navy blue, (neutral colors) you really can’t go wrong as they can easily be mixed and matched with others. These look best when you pair them with something that has a bit of tailoring, like a waistcoat or a suit jacket. When you are considering fabrics, try to keep it seasonal. Corduroy, heavyweight cottons, and tweeds are more for winter wear while seersucker and lightweight cottons are better for the hotter months.

Casual Jackets

It doesn’t matter if you are into Harrington jackets, denim, or even leather, there is really only one simple rule when it comes to casual jackets – look at a size that is one step down from what you normally wear. Most guys tend to go too big when they layer, but in reality, there is also room in the smaller size. It should be snug around your shoulders and end just at or a bit below your waist. You can try dressing up your casual jacket with your suit pants, or with shirt-and-tie combos to create juxtapositions that are interesting. This can give you a variety of well-balanced ensembles that have the smart casual look that so many men fail to achieve on any sort of level.

Looking your best and being ready for any weather that comes your way doesn’t have to be difficult. Try some of these things and see how easily your life can change!

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