Men let’s start with the bad news: you can’t really wear a suit in a polo and Dockers business casual environment.When you’re doing business, you always want to look as good as you can and when everyone else is wearing polos, you’ll look out of place in a suit (even with a tie). Unless you’re meeting with clients that day, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb.

[box type=”shadow” ]1. No polos. Don’t wear a polo shirt anywhere you wouldn’t wear shorts. Playing tennis, weekend in the park, wear a polo, fine. Having a meeting? You can handle the five extra buttons and full sleeves on your shirt. (No short-sleeved dress shirts, either, but that should go without saying.)

2. Don’t wear a tie without a jacket. Ties are meant to be worn with coats.

3. Watch your fit. Most men wear casual pants like chinos way too long and too baggy.A trim,clean fit in your pants is key. Buy them the right size and avoid pleats at all costs. Similarly, your shirt shouldn’t pool out around your waist. Buy a slim-fitting shirt, or take your shirt in to the tailor to get the waist taken in – it’ll cost $10 or $15 and make a huge difference.A button-down collar is a nice way to keep your collar in check if you’re not wearing a jacket.

4. Wear good shoes.A great pair of shoes will take you from boring to sharp. No corrected-grain leather with a plastic-y finish. Rotate a couple pairs.Wear a belt that matches. No clunky rubber soles.You work in an office, not on a marathon team.

5. Wear a sport coat. Even a quiet pocket square if your office won’t think you’re totally insane. It shows that you care without showing anyone up, particularly since you won’t be wearing it around the office much anyway. A cashmere sweater in a style and colour that suits you won’t hurt either.[/box]

We’re essentially talking here about focusing on the fundamentals:wear quality clothes that fit. Dress so that anyone looking at you would think you’re someone they would trust to work with.

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