Your Work Wardrobe Refresh Checklist
The heat of the summer is finally over and we can get back to thinking about clothes that aren’t just ‘whatever is the least-sweltering thing to wear’.
During the heat of mid-summer, it can hard to look good, or at least put-together. Shorts and a loose t-shirt are a necessity but don’t always fit the occasion. Thankfully, the season is cooling off and we can get back to looking a little sharper.
Before I go on, I know I’m no model, nor an expert in fashion. I’m just a Dad who is trying to combine everyday function with being able to be proud of how I look when I’m in the office.
I prefer a shirt with which I can roll up the sleeves. When politicians and public figures do it, it’s said to show that they’re still well-dressed but are ready to get into some hard work. It also gives you the flexibility of keeping one shirt for cooler or warmer weather.
Your shoes are a huge part of the complete look too. Running shoes with jeans or work-pants don’t look good. In fact, you look a little like Seinfeld. It’s not the 80s, so move on. Get some comfy, but well-made brown leather boots. Nothing too chunky, but ones that will be cool enough for the end of summer and will last you through the winter. Keep them coated with leather-care or beeswax at the start of each season and they’ll last for years.
Whether you’re heading back to school and need a few long-lasting and good-looking staples to get you through the season, or need a new pair of pants (trousers – sorry, I’m still English!) and a few work shirts, you’re going to find what you need at your local Mark’s. Here’s a store locator [HERE].
Let’s go through both scenarios.
Here’s your back-to-school checklist:
- Black pants
- Dark green pants (green is the ‘in’ colour this year, apparently)
- Socks & undies
- White shirt (better get 2)
- Colour long-sleeved shirts
- A few polos
- Black shoes
- Wool sweaters (nothing baggy)
- Pair of brown leather boots (these go with everything, and if you treat them right, will last for years through snow and sun)
Need a work-wardrobe refresh?
The list is pretty similar, but you can sharpen it up a little:
- Black pants
- Tan or green pants (depending on how formal your office is
- A tie (if you wear ties)
- White long-sleeve shirt (get a few)
- Some check-pattern shirts (long-sleeve)
- A few pairs of new socks
- Undies (if yours have holes in them, they should be retired. Seriously!)
- Brown or black leather shoes or boots
- Rain jacket (upgrade to a winter/snow jacket if you’re in a snowy region)
My office is a little more casual than some, but it’s important to look like you’ve put some effort into what you’re wearing. You never know when you’re going to have to do an impromptu presentation or your boss has someone he/she’d like you to meet.
I popped down to my local Marks store and picked up a pair of Denver Hays ‘Everyday Chino Pants’ in Olive Green ($49.99) and a Windriver ‘Basic Flannel Shirt Modern Fit’ in Dark Red ($34.99).
For more formal occasions, I picked up a new wardrobe staple, a Denver Hays ‘Slim Fit Solid Dress Shirt’ in white ($50) and a pair of ‘Perfectly Pressed Flat Front Modern Fit Pants’ in black ($69.99). Everyone should own a pair of black pants and a white shirt. They’re universally appropriate for all sorts of formal occasions, or just going to work and looking like you’re meant to be there.
There. You’re ready to face whatever the day brings, knowing that you’re looking sharp.
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Disclaimer: Thanks to Mark’s Canada for keeping me looking sharp, no matter the season. They supported this article, although the choices in clothes were my own, as are the opinions. It’s actually awesome working with Mark’s because I don’t feel intimidated when I go in, like some other men’s clothing stores, and I know they have pieces that look good and are well-made.