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Fall Style Upgrades: Work Wardrobe

when you want to answer emails, in style

When your work week is more Excel and email than fast fashion and wardrobe fittings, it’s easy to forego adventurous office style. But that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the same suit combination or button down-and-chino situation each day, right? Right.

Whether your workplace is progressive in the style department (reverse shoutout to offices that encourage sweats, though) or more traditionally suited up, there are upgrades aplenty you can seize to switch up your everyday garb. Take a scroll through our favorite ways to refresh your autumn rotation, and stay tuned for our can’t-miss casual wardrobe upgrades.

The fall style upgrades to carry into the office:

1. Hogan Route Derby Shoes, $301

When I first saw these brogues, an immediate, “Like it, love it, gotta have it!” flashed through my mind before even settling into each detail. Surprising, considering the details are key players in this elevated shoe game. The most notable of which, of course, is the navy blue color way. Bold? Absolutely. But it’s also subtle enough to be work appropriate and straightforward to style in your existing wardrobe. Think: Wear these in place of your black dress shoes, paired with a sleek black leather belt.

2. Suit Supply Mercer Brown Plain Suit, $599

Patch pockets, a notch lapel, and cozy texture for days. Need I continue? Likely not, but I shall. During one of my recent browsing sessions at Suit Supply, I saw (read: got my hands on) a similar version and couldn’t help but imagine the owner of this suit style would pair it with an impressive patterned shirt, knit tie, and an extra pep in his step.

3. Urban Outfitters Brixton Messer Fedora Hat, $54

A well-styled hat has been top of mind (er-r-r, head) lately. I don’t know if it’s my proximity to both coffee and thrift shops while writing this from my Brooklyn neighborhood, but I’ve seen no less that five fedoras floating passed me within a few hours (and I’m not mad at it).

What’s more eye-opening? They’ve all been worn by fairly stylish fellas – presumably heading to work – with one outfit fact in common: simplicity. When you’re going bigger with accessories, something as basic as a solid sweater and chinos will do a lot of heavy lifting for you.

4. Topman Color Block Sweater, $40

Color blocking is an especially direct way to hack your wardrobe to look a more visually interesting – without bringing multiple layers into the equation. That’s right, you’re getting twice the color in one impactful piece by opting for two distinct swatches of color, then pairing it with your staple neutrals. Swap out a navy cardigan or grey crewneck sweatshirt for this power player, reach for dark jeans and a white tee or button down, revel in your wardrobe win.

5. QP Collections Wool Tweed Tie, $62


Here’s the thing: guys don’t have as many opportunities to accessorize as us ladies do. Granted, you can slap on a sleek bracelet or subtle necklace, but it’s not as easy as layering on costume jewelry and hair flare. This is why ties are one of my very favorite ways to pump up an otherwise minimal work wardrobe. Focus on fabric along with color and pattern to keep interesting. It’s always nice to see an adventurous bright tie, but incorporating a knit or melange or wool texture to boot…That’s a home run, my friend.

6. ASOS Knitted Stripe Polo in Merino Wool Mix, $46

Continuing on the texture wave…There’s something plain luxurious about a knitted polo in place of a pique polo. And accompanied by the laid-back open collar? Now, this is a guy I’d sip an Aperol Spritz with at happy hour.

TELL ME:

WHAT INTERESTING DETAILS DO YOU ADD TO YOUR WORK WARDROBE?

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