When we say workwear, the concept of smart and dapper dressing automatically pops up in our minds. A striking suit, thick tie, dress shoes, and a classic leather briefcase to top it all. The current trend is for business casual workplaces to skew more toward a business look and less toward casual. This works in your favor because a professional appearance plays a big role in how others regard you at the office. To help you with this, JCPenney brings you on-trend workwear styles that’ll have your managers, coworkers, and customers take you more seriously.
Keep scrolling to unlock the way to sleek styling because it’s time to embrace the philosophy of dressing for the job you want, not the job you have.
Your Guide to Smart Dressing
The simplest way to elevate your look is to add a third piece—a suit jacket or sports coat. You could ditch it during the day but having it handy will ensure you’re always prepared for important impromptu meetings.
It’s never mandatory to wear a tie with a suit, but ties are on-trend right now, so consider adding a few to your collection. If you work in a casual environment, your three-piece look could be dressy jeans, a blazer, and your choice of a turtleneck, crewneck, or even a V-neck T-shirt. And if your company is laid-back, wearing a pair of classic Converse with a suit shows you’re totally on point.
Here are the six key pieces that belong in every guy’s 9-to-5 wardrobe:
A navy blazer used to be a mainstay in every man’s wardrobe. That’s been replaced with a black jacket. A black suit can be worn with or without a tie, and a crisp white shirt adds high contrast for an uber-professional look. Choose moisture-wicking dress shirts over regular shirts as that’ll keep you cool and dry all through the day.
The fit is critical. A jacket that’s one size too big or too small or just doesn’t fit you well projects a sloppy look. Make sure your jacket contours to your body.
In addition to black pants, invest in another neutral shade like gray to bring more versatility to your wardrobe.
Keep it simple and classic. Avoid belts that are braided or have intricate or unusual buckles.
It’s important to look sharp head to toe. A pair of classic shoes add the perfect finishing touch to both dress pants and denim.
6. Black Pants
These should be flat-front pants with a clean line and fit you well. A higher-quality fabric such as silk or cotton will look better and last longer.
Start with these basics, and then build from there. Check out our entire collection of menswear to find everything you need only at JCPenney. What’s your most tried-and-true look for the office? Tag us #AllAtJCP. Then, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see if you are featured.