Mixing Work And Play
All work and no play can make you dull. But you may not always have the time to head back home and change before you head out to live the after hours. Don’t let this stop you from planning a date, making a movie plan or dinner reservation with friends after work. All it takes is simple tweaks and twist to your office wear and you are good to go. Since modern office attire has elevated from dark suit, light shirt and a tie, all you men can now extend your work wear and transform it into evening wear as well. Following are some simple pointers in achieving the same.
Your gym shoes kept in your office draw will help you here. Not many try this, but pair your jackets with a pair of trainers for the evening. Roll up your formal pants slightly and push back the sleeves of your jacket or suite. Loose the tie and your top button of the shirt. Now wear your trainers instead of the formal shoes. This has successfully transformed your look into a more casual one. While opting for this look let your suites be made of slightly softer fabric and should belong to the unstructured family. Your trousers should be tailored well. If possible wear a checkered shirt instead of a plain one. Lastly wear trainers in muted colors so they won’t stand out weirdly. Store a couple of light cardigans in solid bright colors in your office cupboards. If sudden evening plans were to happen, then all you will need to do is loose your suite and wear your cardigans over your shirt. Remove the tie and the belt. Your trusted office loafers will benefit this look. As a rule wear only bright colored cardigans with this look. Dull colors like grey, light green or baby blue will not help your case as they are office colors. Colors like tangerine, red, bright yellow or dark blue are good options.
Printed shirts when worn with your suites and jackets are formal but when the same is worn without either one of them, they immediately become statement evening shirts. This probably is the easiest way to transform any formal look into a smart casual one. Wear your printed shirt with formal trousers and smart formal shoes like moccasins, loafers or your patent leather shoes and you are good to go to any evening affair and be as stylish as anyone in the room.
Accessorize your look, as this will instantly transform a formal look to a more casual one. Use your pocket squares a scarf. Lose your tie, unbutton the top most shirt button and wear the pocket square around your neck like a scarf. Wear a lot of prints and bright colors. Be it in your shirts, cardigans, ties or pocket squares. These definitely add an element of casualness to your looks and do not forget to wear a good watch at all times. These simple pointers are all it takes to transform your looks. So next time you have evening plans lined up soon after work, no need to hesitate.
Article by: Smrithi Rao
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