We all know that most corporate dress codes state a clear distinction between formal shirts and casual shirts but wearing one on the other occasion is nothing wrong. It’s all about the style and swag that ooze out of your outfit and rules are meant to be bent a bit here and there. Plaid shirts as well as the office-staple white shirt can go anywhere from holidays to meetings as long as you can carry them off.
So why can’t printed shirts be flaunted at work, if worn properly? Subtle prints can look effortlessly smart and suave at the same time, and give you too many a reason to sport them at your workplace.
You can try sporting a full-sleeved collared shirt in a print like small polka dots and in shades of white, black or navy to work for a twist in the formal tale. Pair the shirt with smart flatfront formal trousers and layer it with a tailored waistcoat. Accessorize the look with a belt and a pair of oxfords to keep the look minimal yet classy. This outfit will not only be office ready but also effortlessly take you from work to party once you just roll up the sleeves!
Quite honestly, a denim shirt can make its way to your office too as its more about the styling and less about the shirt itself. Choose small tribal or geometric prints on your denim shirt and opt for a lighter wash. Pair it up with a skinny tie – be it mono coloured or patterned. Tuck it into beige or brown pants and complete the look with a pair of semi-formal loafers for a stylish day at the office. This look can be perfect for casual Fridays at work.
Of course, printed shirts can be stylishly incorporated in one of the most dapper looks for men. We are talking about none other than the evergreen suited look. While putting together a suave suited outfit, ditch that plain white shirt for a printed one. Go for subtle geometric prints or microscopic plaids for that funky yet professional look. Team up the printed shirt with the classic blazer and trouser pair. You can experiment with the textures of the suit like linen, cords or tweed and opt for hues like navy, black or grey. Finish off the polished look with a slim belt and a pair of classy oxfords.
Keep it quirky
This is strictly for men who have flexible dress codes or ultra-cool bosses at their workplace. Go for shirts in quirky prints varying from minions to moustaches to sunglasses to emoticons and what not, but make sure the prints are small in size so as not to overwhelm. You can also go for quirky printed shirts with cuffed sleeves having another print like polkas or plaid on the inside of the neck and rim of the cuffs. Team them up with slim fit trousers or chinos and monkstrap shoes for a semi-formal look. Pair up these fun printed shirts with a quirky bowtie for extra style points. Such an outfit can be another fashionable choice for Friday dressing at work.
So, it’s all about the spirit and attitude with which you can pull off a printed shirt at your workplace with total ease. Update your wardrobe with subtle yet smart prints and along with your confident smile and full-proof portfolio, you are all set to be the corporate rock star.