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Now, many of us are readjusting to being back in an office — a prospect that may come with numerous challenges but perhaps none greater than one looming concern: What to wear? This guide — with input from four fashion insiders — should help you get back in the right mindset for dressing up (or simply getting dressed) for work. If you live in a country with hot seasons, wear it cool, wrinkle free & comfort with sweat
There’s a way to dress comfortably without looking bedraggled, and with many employers loosening up on the rules, it’s a great time to try a polished but casual look. Embracing more casual attire while also looking professional begins with understanding the importance of quality materials, fit and color. When it comes to materials, most linens, while beautiful, wrinkle easily and are not going to be your friend throughout an eight-hour day at a desk job. On the other hand, polyester is pretty wrinkle-resistant, and it’s a synthetic fabric with easy care
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slave of the ordinary.”— Cecil Beaton
Embracing more casual attire while also looking professional begins with understanding the importance of quality materials, fit and color.
“Never underestimate the power of a good fit,” Dittmer said. “I’m not talking expensive, Savile Row tailoring — but making sure your trousers are cut to the most flattering fit can be a huge improvement and make you feel really well put together. Most dry cleaners offer very accessible tailoring services.”
If you’ve been working from home since March 2020, returning to office means returning to styles you might not have slipped on in awhile. But while you may still have some rules to follow, especially if your workplace has a uniform or strict dress code, officewear trends have shifted since the start of the pandemic. “Things have either become more casual or more comfortable,” says Cospito. “There’s definitely a sense that you can infuse your personal style into your workwear more so than ever before.”