Wearing a suit is easy. Wearing a t-shirt is easy. But wearing a suit with a t-shirt? That’s another matter.
I’ll make this clear from the very start: you absolutely can wear a suit with a t-shirt. You just need to know how to do it correctly.
Too many guys think they can just combine any t-shirt with any suit and look sleek and modern. Wrong! Misjudge your outfit, and you’ll be heading to the office looking tasteless and weird. People will notice – trust me.
As ever, I’m here to keep you guys on track and looking at stylish as possible. So I’ve put together some top tips to consider when sporting your next t-shirt and suit combo.
In today’s article, we’ll be covering:
- Can You Wear A T-Shirt To The Office?
- What Color T-Shirt Works With A Suit?
- What Style Of T-Shirt Works With A Suit?
- When Shouldn’t You Wear T-Shirts With A Suit?
- What Can You Wear Instead Of A T-Shirt And Suit?
#1 Can You Wear A T-Shirt To The Office?
As with a lot of smart-casual styles, wearing a suit with a t-shirt to the office depends entirely on your own professional circumstances.
Some professions will allow t-shirts to be worn as part of your everyday workwear, while others won’t even entertain a t-shirt on a dress-down Friday. To answer this question, you’ll need to take a good look at your own office environment and make the final decision for yourself.
That being said, there are some typical work environments that I can run through that might help you to make that decision. Read these different scenarios carefully and try to match one with the environment at your own workplace.
The Tech Company
Does your office feature an arcade machine in the break room? Do you develop apps for a living or work on the latest and greatest gadget releases?
If the answer’s yes, then chances are you can wear a suit with a t-shirt to work.
Most modern tech companies promote a more laid-back office environment. In fact, any company where creativity is involved is unlikely to require a shirt and tie in the office – after all, how can people be creative when they are restrained by a shirt and tie?
In short, if you see your colleagues pausing for a chilled-out coffee or taking mindfulness breaks to promote good mental wellbeing, then chances are a t-shirt and suit combo won’t be an issue.
The Corporate Mega-Office
If you work at the heart of a city’s financial district, then I can pretty much guarantee that a suit and t-shirt combo won’t be appropriate for your office environment.
A lot of the time, big companies that have been around for a while get stuck in their ways. Big city financial and law firms are notorious for this – the dress code is strictly business suits… no ifs, no buts.
Not that this is a bad thing – I’m always talking about the timeless quality of a well-tailored suit. If you work for a big company where a shirt, tie, and suit are mandatory, then it’s the perfect environment to stretch those sartorial muscles and wear your finest tailoring 5 days a week.
I suppose it’s all about upholding a professional image. If you’re a lawyer who needs to meet with high-profile clients or an investment banker handling shares worth tens of thousands of dollars, a quirky t-shirt isn’t going to make you look trustworthy when it comes to business.
This is an interesting one – should a teacher wear a suit and tie to look professional, or a t-shirt and suit to seem more relatable to his students?
In my opinion, a teacher should be able to connect with his students, and in a lot of schools, wearing a full suit, shirt, and tie is a sure-fire way to look stuffy and unapproachable.
Inner-city schools are a great example of this. To get the best out of city kids, an approachable t-shirt and blazer combo is ideal. It says, ‘I’ve got authority, but I’m still a person like you!’ Your students are far more likely to respect you with that kind of approach to authority.
However, in some instances, a suit and tie is more appropriate. If you’re a principal or head of a department, then a more professional look is more suitable. Along with the increased responsibility of this position comes an expectation that you’ll dress the part.
When a suit is required, I think it’s best to find a middle ground. Opt for a shirt but lose the tie – that way, you’ll stand out from the crowd without looking overly formal.
#2 What Color T-Shirt Works With A Suit?
In a professional environment, regardless of formality, I would always opt for monochrome shades when it comes to t-shirts.
Wearing a suit with a t-shirt is a lot like wearing sneakers with a suit. It’s a great way to inject some personality into an otherwise formal outfit, but going overboard can make you look ridiculous.
When I talk about wearing sneakers with a suit, I always advise wearing white, black, or brown to match the minimal style and color of dress shoes. It’s the same story when it comes to wearing a t-shirt instead of a button-down.
In an office, most guys will wear a white button-down. Some might opt for a light blue shirt, and occasionally, you’ll see a gray or black shirt. The reason for this is simple – they don’t make a huge statement and stand out from the crowd.
So, when choosing your office t-shirt, opt for the same colors you wear when sporting a button-down. White always works, black sometimes works (avoid when wearing a navy jacket), and light blue should be worn only when wearing a gray suit.
In short, keep it simple. No patterns, no band logos – just a simple T in a monochrome/muted colorway.
#3 What Style Of T-Shirt Works With A Suit?
You can wear most styles of t-shirt with a suit. The trick is knowing which style of t-shirt suits which formal situation.
The neckline of a t-shirt has a big impact on how it looks and where it can be worn. Crew necks look very different from v-necks, which look completely different from Henley-style t-shirts.
It all goes back to formality. Each style of t-shirt has a different level of formality and will work in different formal environments. The trick is to know what to wear and when so you don’t end up looking inappropriately dressed and out of place.
Thankfully, it’s actually really simple to learn which t-shirt style you should wear with your suit of choice:
- Crew neck t-shirts suit office environments. When replacing a work button-down with a t-shirt, opt for a crew neck. They won’t expose your chest and provide an informal collar that sits in a similar position to that of a button-down shirt.
- V-neck t-shirts suit formal events outside of work. The V-neck T is great for evening wedding celebrations and nights out on the town. For most guys, it enhances the look of the shoulders and collar bone and can help slim down a larger figure. Wear a black v-neck with a suit for a sleek and modern take on the tailoring.
- Henley T-shirts can look quite rugged when worn with a suit. In my opinion, a Henley t-shirt should be worn with a blazer and jeans, not a full suit. Assuming you wear your henley unbuttoned, it will achieve a similar flattering effect to the v-neck t-shirt. However, the unbuttoned look is more informal and would better suit a family BBQ situation than a wedding.
#4 When Shouldn’t You Wear T-Shirts With A Suit?
If a dress code calls for business formal, black tie or white tie… DO NOT WEAR A T-SHIRT!
There are plenty of occasions when wearing a t-shirt with a suit can be a great look. However, there are a handful of situations where wearing a t-shirt would make you look absolutely ridiculous.
Business formal occasions include working in a traditional office environment, any kind of job interview regardless of company culture (better to be overdressed than underdressed in this instance), and any meetings that you wouldn’t consider ‘personal’. In these instances, wear a full suit with a button-down shirt and tie – no exceptions.
Black tie events go one further and require at least a full suit and waistcoat, if not a tux. Wearing a t-shirt with a tuxedo would be disastrous – I can’t stress that enough. NEVER wear a tuxedo and a t-shirt!
Instances that may call for this dress code include wedding ceremonies, business dinners, charity galas, and high-end social events in upscale restaurants.
White tie means one thing – top hat and tails. I don’t need to go into detail here because it should be obvious – wearing a top hat, tailed dinner jacket, and your favorite band t-shirt would be a very stupid idea. Just don’t do it.
#5 What Can You Wear Instead Of A T-Shirt And Suit?
Occasionally, a t-shirt will be too informal for an event, but a shirt might be too much. In this instance, you have plenty of middle ground options to choose from that will maintain some formality without putting you at risk of looking overdressed.
In order of formality:
Polo shirts: A great option for when you want to play it safe. A dark-colored polo shirt with a structured collar is the perfect companion to a suit in a ‘dress down’ situation. Pair with a pair of clean, white sneakers for a casual-tailored look that’s unbeatable in the world of smart-casual style. This could be a great option for creatives or teachers who want to balance their individuality and professionalism.
Patterned shirts: To lessen the formality of a button-down, try wearing one with a distinct pattern and color combination. Without contrasting the color of your suit, pick a pattern that’s bold and makes a statement – paisley or stripes are great for this! It should work well with and match your suit but stand out as the main focus of your outfit. Great for client meetings in creative working environments.
Oxford Shirts: A plain white Oxford shirt is far more formal than a t-shirt. However, it’s less formal than a classic white poplin shirt. Wearing a plain white Oxford shirt with the collar button undone and no tie is a great way to slightly reduce the formality of a suit without seeming unconventional or too casual. This is a great option for hot days at the office, dress-down Fridays, or outdoor wedding ceremonies in the summertime.
Wearing a polo shirt and a suit is a great idea, right? Check out a more detailed guide to help you achieve this style here.
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Published Date: Thu, 26 May 2022 11:59:00 +0000
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How to wear your watch correctly
As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.
It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.
But how do you know which way is the right way?
Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.
In today’s article, I’ll be covering:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.
Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.
At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.
Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.
Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.
After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.
#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.
The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.
But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.
So how do you know for sure?
The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.
Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.
So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.
#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?
This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.
You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.
Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.
But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?
The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.
Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.
#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.
Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.
As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.
After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.
You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.
Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.
After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.
There you have it, gents.
Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.
There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.
If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.
So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!
Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
We’ll be covering:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.
While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.
A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.
This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.
But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?
#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.
For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.
This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.
Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.
Keep It Simple
Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.
You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.
With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.
For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:
- A dark three-piece suit
- A light-colored tweed blazer
- A leather bomber or biker jacket
- An overcoat (dark or light)
- A formal button-up shirt (white)
- 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
- 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
- 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
- 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
- 1 pair of black dress shoes
- 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
- 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
- 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)
When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.
#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.
Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.
While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.
When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.
Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.
The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.
These big ticket items include:
- Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
- Overcoats and jackets
- Dress shoes and sneakers
These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.
#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.
For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.
When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.
Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.
The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.
When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.
Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.
A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.
Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.
A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.
For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.
Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.
So how do you find the perfect sweater?
You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.
Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.
Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.
That’s it, gents.
To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.
Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of
£100 for 50ml.
Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.
Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99
This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.
For Him 100ml – £22.99
My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.
Florence 100ml – £16.24
Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.
Written by Tom Loughran
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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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