With shows like Mad Men and The Hour popularising the smart, turned-out look of the 50s and 60s, now is a fantastic time to invest in some classic, well-tailored workwear. But why should women have all the fun? Men’s workwear can be modern, traditional, elegant or funky – here’s our pick of some great pieces for formal business wear and casual days in the office.
A great suit will always be a staple in any working man’s wardrobe, and werecommend going for one in navy or grey. The Goodsouls Mens Suit Jacket and Trousers come in a fashionable taupe colour and slim fit, with subtle details like contrast stitching across the pocket. For a more traditional look, the Skopes Wool Mix Oslo Suit Jacket combines high-quality fabric with a looser cut and classic slant pockets and side vents. Black suits can look great, but avoid going for a baggier shape and stick to clean, tidy lines to keep it modern. The Goodsouls Mens Suit Jacket is elegant, and the modern details like satin lapels are the ideal choice for the man who likes to be that little bit different.
Choosing the right shirt is just as important as choosing the right suit: if you want shirts that will stand the test of time, go for flattering colours and simple patterns. We really like the red Goodsouls Mens Shirt and Tie Set, as the subtle check pattern breaks up an otherwise dominant colour. The slim fit and contrast white details make this shirt fantastic for days at the office or nights on the town!
Staying with checks, this Fred Perry Mens Gingham Shirt makes the most of the iconic brand, combining a small black and white check with slim sleeves and a button down collar – ideal for wearing without a tie. Block colour shirts can also be an excellent choice for a versatile work wardrobe: the Goodsouls Mens Shirt in black is a good option for stylish and simple dressing, while still being just that little bit different.
But if work doesn’t require formal dress, and you want to relax but still remain professional, there’s a great range of casual shirts available too. Another classic design, this Fred Perry Gingham Men’s Shirt is available in two colours and combines the staple smartness of the brand with short sleeves and a looser fit. Or what about this Hilfiger Denim Mens Thomas Stripe Shirt? The pale denim and relaxed fit make this an easy piece to wear on those not-so-formal days – and it works well for weekends too! Another favourite of ours is the green by Paul Costelloe Mens Shift in a beautiful textured grey. The granddad-style collar and pocket details make this shirt suitable for informal work days while still looking stylish.