4 Office Situations—And How to Dress For Them

Every modern working man knows there are a few scenarios baked into office life that go beyond the water cooler. The problem is, many guys often don’t know how to dress for them.

Esquire's very own Nico Amarca took a look at Bloomingdale's vast selection of styles to find the right outfits for four key work-related events: a big pitch meeting, a work conference on the road, an after-hours outing, and even a casual Friday. No matter what field you’re in—from banking to marketing and beyond—these pieces should be timeless staples in your wardrobe.

1. The Big Pitch Meeting

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Coat by Canali, Suit Jacket and Pants by Theory, Shirt by Theory, Tie by John Varvatos Star USA, Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo, Shoes by Canali.
Andreas Laszlo Konrath

Breathe deep—this is it. The big pitch meeting can make or break a career, so you should take it seriously...and your outfit should reflect that. Every piece you wear should have a purpose—and it all starts with the suit, which is well-tailored and in a conservative color that pairs with almost any shirt in your closet.

The tie Nico chose gives just a hint of an edge—ideal for anyone working in a creative field—and a topcoat like this camel Canali number shows you mean business.

2. The Work Conference

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Blazer by Barena, Sweater by Reiss, Pants by 34 Heritage, Shoes by R.M. Williams, Watch by Shinola.
Andreas Laszlo Konrath

On the road, you might not have tons of room to stow suits—so opt for items that you can mix and match and still come off as smart-casual.

Nico opted for a preppy plaid blazer as the anchor piece and layered a muted sweater underneath. A watch from Detroit’s storied Shinola provides the conversation-starter—or just a smart accent to an already well-tailored outfit—and the boots will show off how well-traveled you are. Don’t forget the business cards.

3. An Evening With the Colleagues

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Suit Jacket and Pants by Theory, Shirt by The Kooples, Shoes by Canali.
Andreas Laszlo Konrath

Even when you’re outside the office, your presence can—and should—be commanding. Your boss and coworkers will not only appreciate the right outfit; they'll likely respect you even more for your refined fashion tastes.

The slim-fitting and casual burgundy Theory suit Nico picked does just the trick. The fit is perfect—molded to form—and pairing it with a color-matching button-down shirt and formal lace-up shoes gives you a smart and sophisticated air. In our opinion, you don’t see nearly enough monochrome looks out there anymore.

4. The Most Casual Friday

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Jacket by AllSaints, Shirt by Reiss, T-Shirt by A.P.C., Jeans by Reiss, Shoes by Canali, Sunglasses by Tom Ford, Socks by The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s.
Andreas Laszlo Konrath

In our dictionary, “casual” doesn’t have to mean “lazy.” When you’re a working professional and there’s a little slack in the dress code, you still have to come off as put-together.

A classic black, leather biker-jacket manages to be both badass and elegant, so it should definitely be a staple in your closet. Swap the more conservative button-down with a polo or camp collar shirt (like the one Nico's wearing here), then top the look off with the ultimate “Casual Friday” staple: a pair of jeans. Rein everything in with some chic loafers and patterned socks, and you've nailed just the right amount of casual—without risking your promotion.

For all your work-related outfit needs and wardrobe beyond the office, shop at Bloomingdale’s in-store and online.

Photography by Andreas Laszlo Konrath, Styling by Savannah White, Grooming by Janera Rose.

SOURCE https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a29366569/how-to-dress-for-work/
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