There’s a certain irony to writing about wearing jeans with business clothes. Denim, after all, is 19th-century workers’ garb: It was made for Gold Rush prospectors, not modern-day gold-fund portfolio managers.
But rules today are fuzzy at best, and history’s greatest leaders of fashion — from Beau Brummell to the Duke of Windsor — always paired unexpected items together. One of the Duke’s most famous rule smashings was pairing suede lace-ups with suits. Today it’s considered ultra sophisticated, but at the time it was gauche bordering on scandalous.
So the first thing to consider when wearing jeans at the office is that it’s not technically “correct.”… Continue>>
“Business Casual” sounds like such a simple concept, but the reality is that both employers and employees struggle mightily with dressing in a business casual environment. Here are ten tips from the Paul Fredrick buying team on putting together a wardrobe for the business casual workplace:
1) Always keep in mind that “business casual” and “golf” are two separate concepts. Leave the golf wear in the clubhouse.
2) You cannot go wrong with wool trousers at the office. From tropical weight wool in the summer, to flannel in the winter, to gabardines in between, wool is the perfect fabric for trousers in the workplace.
3) When it gets really warm, try linen or silk trousers. … Continue>>