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May 26, 2015

The Anatomy of a Work Outfit: Gents’ Warm Weather Addition

Do you work in one of those offices where, inevitably, the memo goes around reminding people about the dress code? Be sure you’re not one of the people that causes it. Just because the weather is warmer doesn’t mean there aren’t some rules to guide your clothing choices. Today’s outfit anatomy breakdown will ensure you have all the key components to get through the season in modern – and appropriate – style, whether you prefer a classic or contemporary look.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) as we break down 2 after 5 outfits and Thursday for the anatomy of 2 casual outfits that will give you all the key pieces you need for the season ahead. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=56541616
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Morgan Basketweave Sport Coat
Morgan Basketweave Sport Coat
Polo Ralph Lauren
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The Blazer (The Core Piece of the Outfit). A blue linen blazer is a gent’s workhorse summer layer. It’s universally appropriate. You can wear it with charcoal wool pants, a pattern dress shirt and tie for formal office needs; or, with jeans and a t-shirt or polo for casual office days. Polo Ralph Lauren has one of our favorites for the season, using luxury Italian made linen in a just-right shade of navy. The construction shows off the high quality – click through the ‘shop it’ button to check out the unlined interior that is just as good looking as the exterior. And the modern fit is the perfect marriage of a tailored shape that makes it look updated, but not too trim as to be trendy. Simply put, it is a blazer that will look good, fit right, and wear well for many years.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-swann-regular-fit-tattersall-check-sport-shirt/3983052 Peter Millar - Swann Regular Fit Tattersall Check Sport Shir
Peter Millar - Swann Regular Fit Tattersall Check Sport Shir
The Shirt. Patterned shirts are a staple in most gents’ wardrobes, especially for work. And Peter Millar specializes in updated classic patterns. This check combines shades of blues and reds for a versatile work shirt that pops under the featured navy linen blazer in this outfit. The modern fit and button down collar is comfortable for a long day at the office, and you’ll still look smart to head right out to dinner.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zanella-todd-flat-front-solid-wool-trousers/3903378 Zanella - Todd Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
Zanella - Todd Flat Front Solid Wool Trousers
The Pants. For a polished and professional look, you will never go wrong with Zanella’s classic fit, lightweight wool flat front pants. The light grey color is not only an important color for the season, but a perfect warm weather neutral that looks great with the blue blazer and shirt in this outfit. Zanella’s quality simply can’t be beat – they are made in Italy, and are simply one of the best-made and most comfortable pants you can buy. Snatch these up at the amazing sale price while you can.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/h-by-hudson-norton-derby-men/3854387 H by Hudson - Norton Derby Shoes
H by Hudson - Norton Derby Shoes
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H by Hudson - Norton Derby Shoes
Norton Derby Shoes
H by Hudson
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The Shoes. Tan plain toe oxfords are an elegantly refined shoe for work, and they look great with everything – especially the blue blazer and grey pants in this look. H by Hudson, a 25 year-old English shoe company, handcrafts these shoes with a washed leather upper that creates the ideal antiqued look. The sole is a combination of leather and rubber for comfort and durability.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/tiesandpocketsquares/pocketsquares/PRDOVR~C5857/C5857.jsp J.Crew - Linen Pocket Square in Contrast Swirl
J.Crew - Linen Pocket Square in Contrast Swirl
The Dapper Finishing Touch. Selecting the right pocket square is an art, not a science. Go for a square that is complimentary and adds an additional dimension to the outfit, rather than trying to make an exact match to your tie or jacket. Also, consider the textures of the jacket, the tie and pocket square combination – they should all work together. Cotton and linen jackets look best with cotton or linen pocket squares. So, we’ve done the legwork on this outfit, by choosing this linen square from J.Crew. The colors and pattern complement each other rather than match each other. And the texture of the linen square is ideal with the linen fabric of the sport coat.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Canali-Solid-Wool-Two-Button-Suit-Pearl-Gray/prod177720215_cat11940745__/p.prod Canali - Solid Wool Two-Button Suit
Canali - Solid Wool Two-Button Suit
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Canali - Solid Wool Two-Button Suit
Solid Wool Two-Button Suit
Canali
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The Suit (The Core Piece of the Outfit). A light grey suit is not only one of the key items of this season – it will serve you well for any workday. So, it’s an investment worth making. We always suggest going for the best quality you can when choosing a suit. If you do, it’s something you’ll have for seasons to come. Canali is simply one of the best. The classic fit is timeless, and this luxury garment is made with old world craftsmanship and exquisite Italian fabrics. For a serious day, it is polished with a crisp white or blue shirt and solid neutral tie, like blue or tan. For any other day, you can do some subtle pattern.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Ike-Behar-Check-Woven-Dress-Shirt-Aqua/prod180250301_cat21130735__/p.prod Ike Behar - Check Woven Dress Shirt
Ike Behar - Check Woven Dress Shirt
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Ike Behar - Check Woven Dress Shirt
Check Woven Dress Shirt
Ike Behar
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The Shirt. As we mentioned, the featured suit in this outfit can be worn with a solid shirt for a truly formal workday. Other days, a pattern like this soft blue check in a classically modern fit adds subtle style that is office right. Ike Behar has been making wonderful shirts for over 60 years. Like the Canali suit this goes with, its high quality will keep you comfortable and polished looking for years to come. You will be getting what you pay for.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-woven-silk-tie/3502296 BOSS Hugo Boss - Woven Silk Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Woven Silk Tie
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Woven Silk Tie
Woven Silk Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss
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The Dapper Finishing Touch. This solid silk tie from Hugo Boss creates a nice, deep contrast to the shirt in this outfit. And the 3” width is the perfect balance to the lapels of the suit, finishing the look with modern style.
http://www.zappos.com/allen-edmonds-strand-walnut-calf Allen-Edmonds - Strand Shoes
Allen-Edmonds - Strand Shoes
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Allen-Edmonds - Strand Shoes
Strand Shoes
Allen-Edmonds
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The Shoes. The full grained leather and walnut tan shade of these Allen-Edmonds shoes add a seasonal look to the light grey suit that is very polished looking. The perforated cap toe gives them a hint of classic style that will look great with almost all of your summer suits – blues, greys, and tans alike.
 

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