Looking smart yet fashionable for work has always been a challenge for the chaps, especially when some of the catwalk trends definitely aren’t appropriate for the office – formal shorts anyone? But this year, here at Littlewoods we spied a couple of great trend elements that can easily be worked into your wardrobe, and at an affordable price too.
Vintage and preppy looks have been a perennial favourite for menswear for the past few years, but this Spring Summer there’s a distinctly pared down vibe, concentrating instead on clean lines and fitted silhouettes for workwear – exemplified in our City Slicker menswear trend. A good suit or stylish suit jacket is an essential component of any workwear wardrobe, especially as well-cut suit jackets can double up as light jackets to wear with jeans outside of work. Try the Goodsouls Mens Suit Jacket, with contrast piping, for a classic preppy look, or the Ted Baker Mens Timeless Jacket and Ted Baker Mens Timeless Trousers in traditional navy or more modern, fashion-led light brown.
For spring, short sleeved shirts are a great, more casual alternative to traditionallong-sleeved shirts and ties, and still look smart enough to wear in the office. Opt for a short sleeved shirt with a fresh colourway and traditional pattern, rather than anything too bright or garish.
The Lacoste Mens Short Sleeve Check Shirt is available in navy or white, both colours of which are perfect for spring, while the Original Penguin Mens Short Sleeve Gingham Shirt in light blue looks great with navy trousers or blue jeans. The Merc Mens Polka Dot Shirt has a contemporary but subtle pattern of two tone polka dots if you’re feeling more fashion-forward, or how about the Ted Baker Mens Short Sleeve Check Collar Shirt? In a stylish chambray-effect fabric with bold contrast colour, this shirt looks fantastic with a dark coloured V-neck jumper and chinos.
New spring fashions often require a softer look than winter styles, swap those clunky black lace ups for something a little more stylish from our great range of men’s shoes. Tan, beige and dark brown shoes work well with navy suits and jeans, and are the perfect spring alternative to black work shoes. We like the Goodsouls Bolt Mens Lace Up Shoes with their soft, brushed finish and clean lines – or how about the Ted Baker Greco 2 Mens Formal Shoes for a more traditional look? The Goodsouls Bekele Mens Brogue Shoes are another good choice that work well with jeans or with workwear, and are a great choice for those of you into the vintage style: the brogue detailing around the shoe give them a traditional vibe while the choice of three colours – black, sand or tan – make them very modern.