Chinos are a workwear staple. They look dressy, but not too dressy, and are comfortable. You can wear them with pretty much anything. You’ll want to wear them the same way you’d wear jeans, fitted at the waist, and the right length for your legs.
- They should fit perfectly around your waist, even without a belt
- Your chinos should hit just above your shoes to avoid bunching
- Your chinos should be fitted through the legs, but not overly tight
Stylist Pro Tip: For a summer look, try rolling up the pant legs and wearing no-show socks.
Button-downs are an essential part of any wardrobe. They can be dressed up with a suit or dressed down with denim, but you’ll want to make sure they fit correctly. Just follow a few easy tips to find the right shirts for you.
- The shoulders seams should extend out to your shoulder bones
- Your sleeves should hit just past your wrists
- Be sure that the shirt isn’t baggy around your torso
Stylist Pro Tip: You’ll want to keep shirts that hang down below the waist tucked in.
We’re not talking about the blue jeans you throw on to run errands. For a good work-appropriate pair, you’ll need something a little more polished. You’ll want jeans that fit well (that may mean seeing a tailor) and made with dark wash denim. Avoid contrasting stitching or anything distressed.
- Make sure they fit correctly throughout the entirety of your leg
- Don’t wear skinny jeans unless they are actually proportional to your figure
- Dark washes or black will look best with your other work clothes
Stylist Pro Tip: You can wear this to the office and out afterward without looking out of place.
Want to wear a shirt without looking underdressed? A polo may be the right choice for you. They’re versatile because you can wear them with pants or denim, with or without a blazer. This style can do it all.
- The buttons should not run below your armpits
- Your sleeves should hit halfway down your upper arm and shouldn’t be baggy
- Length can vary a little, but should only extend just passed your belt line
Stylist Pro Tip: Do not button it up all the way because it will make your neck look shorter.
This one is trickier, but don’t let that scare you. Even a great-fitting blazer might still need a little extra love from a tailor. Think of it as an investment piece. A perfectly-fitting blazer will make you the best-dressed person in the room, and it’s a timeless piece that you can wear forever.
- You’ll want to make sure the blazer hits below your waistline
- The sleeves need to be a little above the wrist so your shirts will show
- Make sure the shoulders align to your shoulders—not shorter or longer
Stylist Pro Tip: If the button pulls on the fabric when buttoned, the blazer is too small.
Kind of like the polo, this is another versatile layer. A tailor can’t really do much to these, so it’s important to look for the right fit. You can also style this one in a different way, like wearing it under a blazer for an interview or over a dress shirt.
- The shoulder seams should end where your shoulders end (not on top)
- Your sweater’s armholes need to be the right size to avoid bunching up
- Length-wise, your sweater should hit below your belt line
Stylist Pro Tip: Pay attention to the collar—you don’t want one that’s too high on the neck.
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