The office suit is a suit that is often overlooked by fashion writers. This is unfortunate since many people need to wear suits on a daily basis. The everyday business suit should not always be a navy blue pinstripe power suit with red tie.
On this page I’ll go over some of the basics for buying a good suit for the office. I’ll also go over the accessories you’ll want to get to compliment your business suit.
Office Suit Colors To Buy
In addition to your navy blue pinstripe suit, it is also safe to add a solid navy blue suit, a charcoal gray suit, a pinstripe charcoal gray suit, and even a black suit. I have heard many people talk about the black suit not being appropriate in an office setting, but I don’t believe this to be true.
Black can look good at the office but you should look around to see if others are doing it first. Some people are completely against wearing black suits to anything other than funerals and may not react well to it.
Office Shirt Colors To Buy
Many companies will only allow you to wear white or blue shirts without any styling. In this case, you’ll simply need to change your look by getting more ties. Although your closet will be boring, it will be easy to pick out your clothes each morning.
When you work somewhere that gives you more flexibility, feel free to add some lines to your shirts. Just remember to keep the lines thin and close to each other. Also add some light colors such as off white, light pink, and even green.
Make sure you have a minimum of two pairs of shoes. It is good to alternate your shoes each day. This will give them a chance to dry out each night and will help them last longer.
As far as colors go, make sure you have a pair of black shoes and possibly a pair of burgundy shoes. Burgundy shoes will go well with your blue and gray suits. Just keep in mind that some very strict companies will not let you wear any shoe colors other than black.
Never feel like you have to buy your entire office wardrobe prior to starting your job. Just buy two suits, 5 ties, and 6 shirts (one on standby in your car or office). After this you can slowly add to your wardrobe by purchasing more ties, shirts, and an extra office suit or more at your own pace.