If you’ve ever been to Boston, you’ve probably recognized two things. Firstly, it’s a marvelous backdrop for just about anything: graduations, elections, regattas, the list goes on. Secondly, the men here don’t really do it justice with the way they dress. Somehow, over the last decade or two, Boston has transitioned from a place where the world looks to for sartorial inspiration (see: the glory days of the Northeastern prep aesthetic), to a city renowned for men that aren’t that involved in the way they look.
Many Boston-based offices, especially the start-ups, allow their employees to come in in “business casual.” This evokes thoughts of clothing that is comfortable and not likely to raise any eyebrows. Not bad, but not great either.
We’d like to change that.
In the photos below, I present to you the new business casual photographed by the talented Lorna Stell in the iconic streets of Beacon Hill. If you were wondering what you can do to take your day-to-day office-wear up a notch, here are a few steps in the right direction:
• Start with the shoes. I’m not saying you need to rush out and drop $400 on a pair of Allen Edmonds, but it’s definitely worth putting some thought into what you wear around the office. Whatever you choose, go with an entirely leather true dress shoe like a loafer, wingtip, or brogue rather than sneakers or a hybrid. This is a great site to pick out your first pair.
• Make your pea coat work for you. The design of a pea coat naturally lends itself to framing whatever is around your neck, so choose wisely. A beautifully tied tie or a casually knotted scarf framed in between two navy lapels is a sight to be seen and will draw eyes upwards towards your (handsome) face.
• Give yourself a break. The break on a pair of pants is something that 95% of men will never really think about. However, if you’ve put some effort into your shoes, it’s worth letting your pants hit right above them to show them off to the world. An interesting pair of socks doesn’t hurt either. Talk to your tailor about how to make it happen.
• A blazer changes everything. Anyone can toss on a button-down shirt, so add a blazer in a different fabric (like the tweed one shown below), to differentiate yourself from the crowd. It’ll add a slightly formal sense of style without bucking the casual office uniform.
Style won’t come all at once, so take your time adding great pieces to your wardrobe. We hope you enjoyed today’s post, there’s much more to come!
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