Loosen up your dress style… literally! There’s a time for the traditional-formal and then there’s a time for the good looking-causal. In today’s new style of work, there are more and more offices jumping on the wagon of business causal. And NO! I do not mean a pair of chinos with a polo (you’re not in high school anymore). I’m talking about the business casual that shows clients and coworkers alike that you know how to look good and be comfortable at the same time.
How can you do this? Easy. Show some skin! We’ve been asking women to do the same for years now, and they have! So it’s our turn to give it a go. Relax though; don’t get ahead of yourself. There’s no need to rip your shirt and pants off just yet. But there are two places where you can casually show some skin while letting people know you are still very much so professional, yet also comfortable and stylish. What are these two places? The ankles and the chest!
That is right! You can now pitch those socks with holes in the toes and you can stop looking for the single missing socks that incomplete your pairs because now, you can go sockless. Show off your ankles and cool down a bit more on those hot summer days.
As for your chest, lose the tie, unbutton the first two buttons (first three if you think you can pull of the Fabio) and let the chest breath! Time to stop looking so up-tight, especially when you go out for drinks.
Hopefully this doesn’t start us on a downward spiraling trend where each year we show more and more skin, but for now, go ahead and give your viewers that sneak peak.
Wear a pocket square with your suit. This is one of the simplest and best ways to really up your game and show people you know how to dress like a man of class and style. From solid colors to crazy patterns, your outfit is a billion n’ a half times better with the addition of this simple yet elegant piece off fabric.
Now it’s time to learn the rules to a pocket square; fret not though, it is quite simple. Pocket squares should not match your shirt, tie, or suit colors. The addition of this item is to diversify yet complete your look. This is the rule you need to most strictly follow. Aside from that, there are several classic techniques for folding a pocket square and it’s also a good tip to use smaller pocket squares so as not to make your chest bulge out too much.
Moving on to the Debbie-Downer’s opinion of the pocket square, there are those out there who probably think “Pocket squares aren’t for manly men!” And they are 110% WRONG! The laugh or smirk they may throw your way is actually a cry of jealousy. These unimaginable, dull individuals lack the cahones to be bold. You on the other hand, you have the gall to stand tall, walk with pride, and look every passerby in the eye with great confidence—all with a pocket square comfortably situated in your jacket.