Menswear Monday: how to wear shorts to work

Holy heat wave!  If you work in a casual/creative office, then you’re lucky because you can stay cool during the heat of the summer by wearing shorts (just don’t wear them every day). J. Crew has a lot of shorts to choose from in different styles and colors that would all be appropriate for work. When wearing shorts to work, follow these 3 tips:

  1. Don’t wear denim or cargo shorts and make sure they hit just above the knee. Keep anything that doesn’t fit this criteria for the weekend.
  2. Wear shoes, not sandals. Since shorts are already casual enough, shoes will help keep the weekend away from the office. Boat shoes or casual sneakers (like Converse) work well.
  3. For your top, wear a button down shirt, polo or light sweater. Again, keep the t-shirt for the weekend.

Do you have any other tips for wearing shorts to work?

menswear monday wearing shorts to work

(all shorts from J. Crew)

Tips for guys figuring out which shoes to wear

The other day on my way into work, I noticed a guy wearing casual tan cargo pants with dressy black shoes. I felt bad for the guy. He was totally not dressed right, but he had no idea. So, guys, here are some tips for which shoes to wear with which pants so you don’t look fashion-confused like the guy I saw:

  • The safest thing to do is to wear brown (shoes) with brown (pants).
  • If you’re wearing cotton pants or pants with cargos, wear casual shoes.
  • Dressy shoes are usually shiny and thinner than casual shoes. Casual shoes have laces a lot of times and are made of leather or suede.

men's shoes and pants

(left) Dressy: Lauren by Ralph Lauren dress pants / Giorgio Brutini dress shoes

(right) Casual: Dockers khaki pants / J. Crew Quoddy casual shoes

What to wear to a summer internship

Summer internship season starts at my company next week, so I decided to help out new summer interns by sharing some ideas for what to buy to incorporate into your work wardrobes. In putting this together, I realized anyone who works, whether you’re an intern or full-time employee, should have these types of items in your work wardrobe. I will say these are for people who work in a more casual, creative work environment, like a PR agency and not a corporate environment, like a law firm.

The key is to start out with wardrobe staples, like a pair of comfortable brown shoes for men or a pencil skirt for women, and then choose some accessories to keep your outfits on trend, like a watch for men or a statement necklace for women. Any other tips for dressing for work over the summer?

what to wear to a summer internship

men: blue Banana Republic chinos / black Clarks slip-on shoes / Merrell brown casual shoes / blue Brooks Brothers dress shirt / maroon Banana Republic polo / Citizen watch

women: black Gap pencil skirt / blue D.RA peplum top / A-Thread floral blazer / Anthropologie striped dress / TOPSHOP statement necklace / Shop Ruche white flats

The Great Gatsby clothes

If you pay attention at all to pop culture, you know that Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby premieres Friday! The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books of all time and I’ve watched Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge multiple times, so I have a good feeling about this movie.

Here are a couple fun facts related to the fashion in this new rendition of The Great Gatsby (from PSFK):

  • Brooks Brothers produced all of the men’s clothes in the movie, designed by Catherine Martin
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald was a lifelong Brooks Brothers customer

So naturally, Brooks Brothers is now selling clothes for men inspired by the film in their The Gatsby Collection. They have a lot of good stuff (some of it at a steep price), like the brown wing tip shoes for $598. If you want a piece of the collection, the accessories are a little bit more affordable, like $98 for a gold stripe tie.

brooks brothers gatsby collection

How to wear bright dress socks to work

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, according to my male co-workers, wearing bright dress socks to work is “the thing.” There aren’t many ways for guys to show personality in their work outfits (like there is for us ladies), so I definitely appreciate this new trend for guys. It’s especially fun to see these pops of color around the office as we move into spring. Check out how some of my co-workers are brightening up the office..and enter the Cloak & Dapper giveaway before this Thursday at midnight EST to win a pair of bright blue dress socks for yourself!

how to wear bright socks to work men

bright men's socks

how to wear bright men's dress socks

Men’s fashion spring 2013: prints

spring fashion men 2013

Gucci / Lacoste

I’m wrapping up this week of men’s spring fashion with the boldest trend: prints. Seen on the spring runways were unusual prints for men, like polka dots and floral. What do you think? Would you (or your guy) wear any of these to work?

 spring fashion trends 2013 prints

Floral tie

ASOS polka dot chambray shirt

Tasso Elba floral print dress shirt

Turnbull & Asser polka dot pocket square

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Men’s fashion spring 2013: white on white

spring fashion trends men 2013

Hermes / Calvin Klein Collection

Ok guys – this is a risky one, but I had to share it since it was seen multiple times on the spring 2013 runways. Originally, I was going to write about a white pants trend, but then I noticed white pants with a white shirt was trending. I think it’s best to try this out with one piece – whether it’s the pants or the shirt – and then maybe build up to white pants with a white shirt. Although, I think the white on white would only work in warmer climates or on a hot day. What do you think of this trend?

men's fashion spring 2013 white

Paul Smith white pants

Reveal white contrast buttondown shirt

Armani Collezioni white dress shirt

Dockers white flat front pants

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Men’s fashion spring 2013: camo

spring trends men 2013

Michael Bastian / Dries van Noten

I’m actually really liking this trend for guys who work in a creative work environment like I do. Camo is a trend that you need to wear in small doses, whether it’s to the office or on weekends, but here are some work appropriate ways to pull off this trend (if you’re in a casual office only!):

men's fashion spring 2013 camoASOS green camo shirt

Blue Guess camo shirt

DJP camo sleeve blazer

Blvck Scvle camo pants

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Men’s fashion spring 2013: colored pants

men's fashion 2013 colored pants

Paul Smith / J. Crew

Colored pants is a trend many of my male co-workers have been incorporating into what they wear to work. I have one co-worker who has I think at least 5 pairs of Gap colored pants! I know the hardest part with these is figuring out what to wear with them. I’ll have to put together a future blog post about that, but for now you’re safe wearing black, white or gray with any pair of colored pants.

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Green gap pants

Yellow Levi’s pants

Blue J. Crew pants

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Men’s fashion spring 2013: stripes

menswear spring 2013 stripes

Stripes is one of the trends seen on runways for women and men. This is a staple for any men’s wardrobe – what guy doesn’t own a striped shirt?  There’s nothing at all wrong with that..but this spring, you can try to add stripes to your work wardrobe in some other ways, like through accessories like the Orvis watches. If you wear a tie to work, I definitely recommend you get a striped tie – those were seen a lot on the spring 2013 runways. I’m loving this turquoise Michael Bastian tie.

men's fashion 2013 stripes

Michael Bastian striped tie

Orvis striped watches

Brooks Brothers BrooksCool dress shirt

Ben Sherman messenger bag

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