The following is a guest blog from Angel Ramos, Best Dressed Real Man.
First, I’d like to say Happy New Year to all! I hope all current and future Sartorials had an amazing bulk of Holidays to bring 2010 to a fantastic end.
Now, having been a real estate guy for several years I’ve never worked in a corporate office environment that had classic “Casual Fridays.” In my business I feel you should look your best at all times, because you never know who you’ll come across who you might end up doing business with. Like I’ve always said, image is everything, especially when you’re in the business of selling!
For those in a corporate environment who are forced to wear a shirt and tie to work everyday; or for the upper level folks who are expected to be suited every day Friday is that special day. It’s the day when you just wake up in the morning and say, “Yes, it’s Friday, screw the closet!” And you reach in your t-shirt dresser, grab a wrinkled t-shirt and a pair of jeans that have been sitting on the floor since Sunday, and you’re off to work. TRAGIC!
Guys, if anything, “Casual Friday” is just giving you an opportunity to show your versatility of style. Rather than making your attire an extreme difference from ties to tees, try keeping a sense of elegance in your casual attire.
Here are some tips to incorporate:
1. If you’re going with a dress shirt tucked out, make sure it’s a shirt that’s made for that. (Most dress shirts come a bit longer so that when it’s tucked in it makes it easier to stay in.)
2. If you choose to wear a sports coat keep it casual and sporty. (Try not to wear the jacket from your 3 piece black pinstripe) Linen, Cotton & Tweeds are some cool fabrics for sports coats to pair with jeans and a shirt.
3. Keep the jeans clean. (Wearing your ripped, “stylish” jeans maybe good for the nightlife scene, but inappropriate for the office).
4. And finally when it comes to footwear, if you’re going with your sneakers refer to my post about sneakers and wear simple and clean ones. If your choice is shoes, I’d say driving loafers or loafers in general. Don’t want to look too serious!