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5 ways to elevate office style

Cover photo credit: Van Gils

You know the guy that’s a little bit too obvious about being on a 5 day work wardrobe rotation? Don’t let that guy be you. It may be easy to get caught in the trap of wearing a boring office uniform, but dressing for success is key to showing professionalism and ambition. Switching up your style and taking things to the next level can be easy. I’m here to help with 5 ways to elevate your office style.

OFFICE STYLE TIP #1: GO CUSTOM
When it comes to suits, great fit matters over everything. Even if you don’t wear a suit every day, it’s important to have a perfectly tailored suit in your repertoire for meetings, presentations, and events. Think of your best suit as your go-to for when you need to step things up —  and nothing will fit (and look) better than a suit made expressly for you.

For details on the made to measure process, pricing, and advantages, Gotstyle’s tailor extraordinaire Konstantine has got you covered.

OFFICE STYLE TIP #2: ACCESSORIZE
The easiest way to elevate your office style is to add new accessories to your existing office wardrobe. It’s simple addition by, well, addition. Lapel pins, pocket squares, tie bars, shoe laces, and even work bags are all ways you can add pops of style and colour.

HOOK + ALBERT RED POLKA DOT FLOWER OFFICE LAPEL PIN
Hook + Albert Red Polka Dot Flower Lapel Pin: $30

A CHRISTENSEN RED PAISLEY PRINTED OFFICE POCKET SQUARE
A Christensen Red Paisley Printed Pocket Square: $45

Weber Slim Office Tie Bar
Weber Slim Tie Bar: $40

Sully Wong Burgundy Leather Laces
Sully Wong Burgundy Leather Laces: $35

URI MINKOFF FULTON LEATHER OFFICE BRIEFCASE
Uri Minkoff Fulton Leather Briefcase: $438

OFFICE STYLE TIP #3: ADD A VEST
A vest is a simple way to class up any office look. Wear it with one of your standard 2 piece suits to add complexity, texture, and contrast. Or, just roll up your sleeves and wear it over a well fitted dress shirt as a more casual look (this looks good on literally every guy).

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One thing to watch out for: don’t try to match a new vest colour to an existing suit. Unless you have the exact same fabric, it won’t work, and will look off. The solution? Go with a contrast vest, and introduce a new colour to the suit entirely. It’s an unexpected look that shows off your style chops. Grey and blue (like in the photo above) always pair well, and can be used interchangeably between vest and suit.

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Circle of Gentlemen Kenyon Herringbone Shawl Double Breasted Vest: $175

OFFICE STYLE TIP #4: WEAR A TIE
If you don’t normally wear a tie, step up your office style and wear one! There’s no better way to show you mean business.

If your office is casual or you don’t see yourself as a “tie guy,” try a knit or textured tie as a casual midway point between your usual laidback style and something that’s too formal.

THE COMMON FOLK YURAKUCHO INDIGO DYE HOUNDSTOOTH TIE office

The Common Folk Yarakucho Indigo Dye Houndstooth Tie: $100

OFFICE STYLE TIP #5: SUITS WITH BOOTS
Wearing a suit with boots is an awesome way to switch up a stale office rotation, but you need to do it right. If your suit fits well (which it should), the boots you pair with it need to be sleek and slim fitting. You want the outfit to look well put together and intentional — and not like you haven’t changed yet from your morning commute. The best way to achieve this? Chelsea boots.

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gq office chelsea boots

Both of these looks (courtesy of GQ) add some rocker edge to a suiting look, without being too chunky or out of place. It’s a menswear power move, and you can totally pull it off. Reserve this look for fall and winter, and make sure to match your belt and boots to keep everything tied together.

Ready to step things up? Gotstyle’s stylist team has got you covered. Book your appointment today at 416-260-9696 or info@gotstyle.ca.

STYLE TIPS
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Grad suits designed to look good, fit great and go the distance. Because being voted most likely to succeed trumps being the class clown. Designed for versatility these suit aren’t just one trick ponies. You can style them for your next job interview, summer wedding or even a few dates. Dress them up or dress them down, wear them together as a suit or as separates to get the most mileage out of your investment. These suits are the perfect building blocks for your suit wardrobe. 

Photography by: LoveLost Photography

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Tiger of Sweden Evert Barberis Peak Lapel Suit, $899

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Strellson Fine Stretch Cotton Suit: $698

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Sand Ringo-Paul Super 130s Fil-a-Fil Suit: $1195

STYLE TIPS
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Spring is here gentlemen and it’s time we started dressing like it. Forget those plaids and flannels and opt for lighter, brighter, bolder shirts for the season. Check out Melissa’s latest style tips video where she identifies three key shirts every man needs in his closet for the season. From classic solids to bold botanicals, it’s all about looking your best this seasons and looking your best starts with building a strong seasonal wardrobe.

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STYLE TIPS
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Winter is upon us, which means subzero temperatures, wind-chills and frost bite. To avoid being a miserable hack this season we recommend the following. Step one: change your mindset. Understand that just like how all season tires aren’t the same as winter tires, neither are your clothes. What you wore during spring and fall isn’t going to cut it when it’s -25 degrees outside. Which leads us to step two: invest in strong winter fabrics. What does that mean? Outside the basics of a winter parka or bomber, look into investing in textiles that have a heavier weight and exist for the sole purpose of keeping you warm. Here is a list of some key fabrics you should consider when developing your winter wardrobe:

  • FLANNEL: a kind of soft-woven fabric, typically made of wool or cotton and slightly milled and raised. Flannel is typically known to be used in shirt making but is also a great textile to consider when picking a winter suit.
  • TWEED: a hardwearing, coarse wool cloth in a variety of weaves and colors, usually handspun and hand-woven in Scotland. Great for sportcoats and jackets.
  • COTTON: granted cotton is a year-round fabric, however, it is important to note that it is available in a wide variety of weights. Pick garments made of heavier weights to ensure your warmth. Cavalry twill, moleskin, and corduroy are popular choices in cotton for colder months.
  • CASHMERE: One of the most luxurious cloths available, cashmere is fine soft wool, originally made from the Kashmir goat. Ideal for sweaters, and overcoats/topcoats.
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The male style renaissance is upon us and to prove it Toronto Star journalist Robert Cribb teamed up with with our Founder, Melissa Austria for the latest edition of the Mankind Makeover. In this episode, Melissa hangs out with Robert and his style victim, Jesse Ship to talk about the latest tips, tricks and trends every guy should know. The ultimate mission, to help Jesse elevate his personal style and give him three outfits that can take him from casual to formal in a snap. Watch the full makeover video below or click here to read the full article.

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Dear Gentlemen,

It’s a proven fact that women love a well dressed man, even men love a well dressed man. But regardless of your sexual persuasion it is an unequivocal fact that dressing better results in doing better, especially when attracting some romantic interest. Whether you’re celebrating Valentines day for the first time or re-kindling your love, dressing up is a must. Don’t get us wrong, “dressing up” need not imply defaulting to something extremely formal, by “dressing up” we merely mean making that extra effort in looking your best for that special somebody.

Check out what some of our stylists picked as their go-to Valentines Day outfit either for themselves or their significant others.

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