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March 28, 2017

The Secret to Wearing Your Work Staples Outside the Office, Too

These days, the lines between work life and real life are often blurred. People work in an office, work from home, work flex time, share work spaces, and telecommute. This new culture has also brought about a change in what we often wear at work. And that is especially true in the warmer weather, when clothing styles generally get more casual. Many people don't have a "work wardrobe", anymore. And if they do, those pieces never make it into their “life wardrobe”. But gents, pieces can be mixed and matched so they are just as appropriate for you life outside of the office, too. We know those blurred lines can be tricky. What's appropriate? What doesn't look too casual for the office and what can be transformed, so it doesn't look too stuffy to wear out at night or on the weekend?
That's what these 3 outfits are all about. We’re showing you how to take 3 key office pieces for the season and wear them to the office and beyond – a night out, a weekend day, or a dressier event.
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https://www.jcrew.com/p/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/summerweight/unstructured-ludlow-blazer-in-stretch-cotton/G0532
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J. Crew - Unstructured Ludlow Blazer
Unstructured Ludlow Blazer
J. Crew
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Desk to Dinner Outfit.
KEY SPRING OFFICE ITEM #1
Why is it a Find? An unconstructed blue cotton blazer is always a warm weather favorite for us. It is so versatile and easy to coordinate with everything in your closet. This J. Crew blazer is one of the best for its fit and amazing price. The cotton fabric is blended with a touch of stretch to add to comfort and help retain the jacket’s shape throughout the day. It has a polished yet casual look that can effortlessly work from desk to dinner layered over a sweater and button up with cotton pants or jeans, as we’re showing here. (right)
Fit Tip: J. Crew’s Ludlow fit is modern, a bit on the trimmer side, but definitely not skinny. The shirt-like constructed sleeves, shoulders and collar appropriately hug the body to ensure the unstructured cut doesn’t look sloppy.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, this J. Crew blazer is a great option.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ledbury-slim-fit-check-dress-shirt/4519645 Ledbury - Slim Fit Check Dress Shirt
Ledbury - Slim Fit Check Dress Shirt
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Ledbury - Slim Fit Check Dress Shirt
Slim Fit Check Dress Shirt
Ledbury
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Office Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? The Tattersall pattern of Ledbury’s button up shirt creates a dapper, modern look layered under the featured blazer (left) for a day at the office. Worn with or without a tie, the wide spread collar lays just right under the jacket. And the tan and blue color combination adds a fresh Spring and Summer feel that is easy to coordinate with your neutral work pants.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, so it won’t bunch up under your jacket, but isn’t too trim to wear on its own.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, this David Donahue shirt is a great option.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Crown-Soft-Full-Zip-Sweater-Navy/prod195790033_cat21150734__/p.prod Peter Millar - Crown Soft Full-Zip Sweater
Peter Millar - Crown Soft Full-Zip Sweater
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Peter Millar - Crown Soft Full-Zip Sweater
Crown Soft Full-Zip Sweater
Peter Millar
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Office Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? Peter Millar’s cardigan is the perfect layer to add polish to your office look. The cotton and silk blend knit is lightweight, designed with warmer weather in mind. All the details - like the double zip closure that has a leather tab, and the contrast grey trim under the collar – highlight the luxe quality. Best of all, the springy navy shade is rich and versatile, making it easy to layer over button ups and add a pop of conservative color under a blazer (left).
Fit Tip: The fit is modern and good for most every gent.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zachary-prell-gusta-trim-fit-plaid-sport-shirt/4526684 Zachary Prell - Gusta Trim Fit Plaid Sport Shirt
Zachary Prell - Gusta Trim Fit Plaid Sport Shirt
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Zachary Prell - Gusta Trim Fit Plaid Sport Shirt
Gusta Trim Fit Plaid Sport Shirt
Zachary Prell
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Dinner Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? When you are heading out to dinner, stick with the featured blazer (left), and change out that neutral button up (like the one above) for this darker blue pattern from Zachary Prell. The exquisite Italian cotton fabric, soft spread collar, and clean French placket looks really smart under the blazer, and has all the luxe polish to be worn on its own for a dressier casual restaurant.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, for a sleeker look that is just right for evening.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, this Robert Talbott plaid shirt is another great option.
http://www.joesjeans.com/the-brixton/d/1120C13417?CategoryId=303 Joe's Jeans - The Brixton
Joe's Jeans - The Brixton
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Joe's Jeans - The Brixton
The Brixton
Joe's Jeans
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Dinner Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? These jeans-style cotton twill pants from Joe's are a great alternative to your typical denim jeans that add some nice contrast when paired with the shirt and blazer in this outfit (both left). The smokey charcoal grey color has subtle whiskering that adds interest. These pants are from Joe’s Kinetic Collection, which is specifically designed for ease and superior fabric recovery, so the cotton fabric is insanely soft and comfortable – perfect for a leisurely dinner out.
Fit Tip: The Brixton fit is modern, with a narrower but not skinny straight leg, a mid-rise, and enough room in the seat and thigh for most every gent. It is Joe’s most popular fit for its updated, yet not trendy, look.
Alternatives: There are a lot of other great color options through the ‘shop it’ button, too. You may want to stock up on this one, especially with Joe’s free shipping + returns.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-graham-abdul-quarter-zip-pullover/4559722?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=LIGHT%20BLUE Robert Graham - Abdul Quarter Zip Pullover
Robert Graham - Abdul Quarter Zip Pullover
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Robert Graham - Abdul Quarter Zip Pullover
Abdul Quarter Zip Pullover
Robert Graham
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Casual Friday & All Weekend Long Outfit.
KEY SPRING OFFICE ITEM #2
Why is it a Find? From the contrast trim along the zip placket and sleeves to the pop of pattern inside the zip-up collar, this Robert Graham cotton sweater has just the right look to take you from a casual Friday at the office all the way through your weekend. Layer it over a pattern button up shirt for the office (right), with khakis or cotton twill pants to keep it from looking too casual. On the weekends, pop it over a t-shirt and jeans (below) or shorts.
Fit Tip: The fabric is lightweight and seriously comfortable, in a fit that is easy, giving every gent enough room to comfortably relax and layer with ease. Size down for a trimmer fit.
Alternatives: There are a couple of other great color options through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Yachting-Gingham-Sport-Shirt/prod197590014_cat21150732__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FitemId%253Dcat21150732%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D0%2526Ns%253DSELLABLE_DATE%257C1%2526refinements%253D4294935979&grpId=prod197590014&eItemId=prod196850026&cmCat=product&focusProductId=prod196850026&childItemId=NMN4LKC_66 Peter Millar - Yachting Gingham Sport Shirt
Peter Millar - Yachting Gingham Sport Shirt
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Peter Millar - Yachting Gingham Sport Shirt
Yachting Gingham Sport Shirt
Peter Millar
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Casual Friday Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? This deep pink and white gingham button up shirt from Peter Millar adds a nice pop of color under the featured Robert Graham sweater in this outfit (left), giving it a tailored finish for a casual day at the office. The spread collar and high-end French placket makes this shirt just as easily work ready on its own, with cotton pants or dark wash jeans.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern with enough room for most every gent.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, you’ll love this awesome red/pale blue check shirt
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/joes-classic-straight-leg-jeans-west/4564250 Joe's Jeans - Classic Straight Leg Jeans
Joe's Jeans - Classic Straight Leg Jeans
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Joe's Jeans - Classic Straight Leg Jeans
Classic Straight Leg Jeans
Joe's Jeans
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Weekend Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? For the weekend, jeans are a gent’s best friend. The wash of these Joe’s jeans give them just the right amount of distressing for the perfectly worn-in, weekend look. You’ll wear them with everything, including the featured sweater in this outfit (above).
Fit Tip: Joe’s Classic fit is easy, with a straight leg and plenty of room in the seat and thigh. They have just a touch of stretch to give this updated style tons of comfort.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, these Joe’s jeans are for you.
http://www.zappos.com/p/agave-denim-mickey-short-sleeve-crew-tri-blend-jersey-tandoori-spice/product/8912015/color/302746 Agave - Mickey Short Sleeve Crew Tri-Blend Jersey
Agave - Mickey Short Sleeve Crew Tri-Blend Jersey
Weekend Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? A great looking t-shirt is the other weekend must-have for every gent. And we stand by Agave’s high quality version as one of the very best. Not sold in many stores, these are seriously premium t-shirts, in a tri-blend cotton jersey that is incredibly soft and durable. It will withstand many washes and wears, always looking fresh. This featured spice red color picks up the contrast trim of the featured Robert Graham sweater (above) making it an easy layer underneath it. And it’s also a no-brainer on its own with jeans or shorts – a requirement for weekend wear.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern and good for most every gent to enjoy.
Alternatives: It comes in a few other neutrally heathered colors through the ‘shop it’ button at Zappos, where you always get free shipping + returns. J. Crew’s t-shirt offers a trimmer fit in a very similar color.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-huge-genius-trim-fit-stripe-wool-suit/4555703 BOSS Hugo Boss - Huge/Genius Trim Fit Stripe Wool Suit
BOSS Hugo Boss - Huge/Genius Trim Fit Stripe Wool Suit
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Huge/Genius Trim Fit Stripe Wool Suit
Huge/Genius Trim Fit Stripe Wool Suit
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Work and Event Outfit.
KEY SPRING OFFICE ITEM #3
Why is it a Find? While the warmer weather often conjures up the desire for more casual looks, a suit is still a necessity. Whether it’s for a day at the office, or for an event like a charity function or work cocktail party, Hugo Boss’ muted narrow striped suit has the polish and elegance to cover both. The brighter blue shade is just the right update for the season, and can be paired with a bolder pattern dress shirt (right) for a modern office look, or a smaller pattern blue shirt and tie (below) for a dressier evening outfit.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, in a lighter weight wool fabric that is both crisp and comfortable.
Alternatives: This David Donahue suit is a dapper alternative if you prefer an easier fit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-jason-slim-fit-check-dress-shirt/4493437 BOSS Hugo Boss - Jason Slim Fit Check Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Jason Slim Fit Check Dress Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Jason Slim Fit Check Dress Shirt
Jason Slim Fit Check Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Work Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? The larger check of this blue and white Hugo Boss shirt has an updated modern look for the office that pairs really nicely with the subtle stripe of the featured suit (left). The wide spread collar can be worn without a tie for a more casual look, or with a solid darker blue one for a more tailored finish.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, to lay smoothly under a suit jacket.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fitting shirt, this David Donahue checked version is also a great option.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ledbury-slim-fit-houndstooth-dress-shirt/4466952 Ledbury - Slim Fit Houndstooth Dress Shirt
Ledbury - Slim Fit Houndstooth Dress Shirt
Event Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? While a crisp, white dress shirt is always a proper look, we like adding a little sartorial know-how with Ledbury’s micro houndstooth pattern shirt. The light blue color is a nice alternative to white in the warmer months that pops under the featured suit (above). The spread collar and rounded cuff detail gives it a dressier look for your event.
Fit Tip: This is Ledbury’s contemporary fit, which is just right under a suit jacket.
Alternatives: David Donahue’s shirt offers a similar look in an easier fit, which is an equally sharp alternative.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-geometric-silk-tie/4498626 BOSS Hugo Boss - Geometric Silk Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss - Geometric Silk Tie
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Geometric Silk Tie
Geometric Silk Tie
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Event Coordinating Item.
Why is it a Find? This geometric foulard pattern tie from Hugo Boss adds the finishing touch to this outfit for a post-work evening event.
Fit Tip: The 3” width is just right for a modern update that’s not too skinny.
Alternatives: This Hugo Boss stripe tie will also look just right to complete the shirt (left) and suit (above) outfit we’re showing here.
 

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