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With great style comes great responsibility… some may say.  Especially when it comes to creating and maintaining that good everlasting work impression.  Whether you work in an office, business or shop, creating a smart appearance is key in giving you an extra confidence boost in the workplace. In recent times employers have started to bend the rules (thankfully) and introduce “dressed down Friday” evidently a relaxed take on work-wear; abolishing the ritual of the standard shirt and tie combo.

But what about if your new in the job? Or you’re simply stuck for ideas concerning that great all-round-work-outfit that harbours the correct balance of professionalism and relaxed nonchalance?

Fear not! We have put together a guide with 2 different looks and features on shirts & sweatshirts; to give you a little work-wear inspiration; so your no longer left hiding behind the water dispenser with the wrong trousers.

Laidback Luxe

So if the dress code is usually quite formal with full suits, shiny shoes and understated socks, you want to keep that essence of smart but you need to tone it down a little.  Laid back luxurious pieces are easy to come by and will make a timeless statement. Instead of replacing your everyday essential; the crisp white shirt, hang onto it for now as this can inject that smart edge you wish to maintain.

Dress down by opting for a well-fitted dark chino to replace a pair of tapered suit trousers, and choose a colour that would essentially work well with the general look and feel of your personal style; don’t do a wildcard impulse buy. The blazer can be used to add elegance, but you’ll want to focus on injecting more casual pieces to dress the blazer down.

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Ties come in all shapes, sizes, prints, fabrics, colours and finishes nowadays, and the tie can still be a classic addition to this dressed down look. Choose a preppy knit to layer over the top making things look a little more informal. With so many shoe options out there a good quality desert boot or distressed pair of brogues will work wonders for your look.

Leather accessories keep things contemporary; swap a briefcase for a tumbled leather overnight style bag.

shore leave shirtknitted silk tienavy skinny chinos

elbow patches cardigansuede desert bootshenry nylon bag

The Patterned Shirt

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If you’re looking for something a little different to wear for work, tired of plain shirts and don’t want to compromise on colour but inject a little bit of individuality, opt for a statement shirt. Whether it’s checked, floral or flannel it’s the kind of garment that will have your work peers turning green with envy on “casual Friday”. Unconventional, cool and versatile choose a print that’s subtle or bold to enhance your look.

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The statement shirt is a great investment buy, and when layered with neutral colours can really add an injection of needed colour. Here’s some suggestions:

dansk shirtchecked shirtlove allover shirt

pindot shirtflake shirtletters print shirt

paul smith shirtfred perry shirtjapanese shirt

If pattern is not for you and your looking for a new classic option, denim shirts are always a winner and never go out of style.

padding shirtlee denim shirtselected shirt

wrangler shirtlee western shirtreiss denim shirt

Keeping It Casual; Sweatshirt & Jeans

A fantastic staple to have in your wardrobe- (if you don’t already own one) is the sweatshirt. Layered over a tee or a shirt it always looks great and so effortless. With sweats making a big comeback a few seasons ago, there are so many variations to shop with prints, logo’s and branding on the front to more understated simple pieces. On “casual Friday” this is actually the perfect kind of garment you need, its comfortable, durable and stylish.

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A sweatshirt is the answer to diluting those dressed down worries, it’s an ace piece teamed with cords, jeans or joggers. These are all acceptable on a casual day. Finish your look with a pair of beat-up leather boots, retro sneakers or suede leather boots. Try to avoid heavy branding or slogan sweatshirts, opt for a more classic option as it’s more stylish and the safer option.

loopback sweatshirtbutton down shirttapered jeans

adidas originalsuniform wares watchepperson backpack

Cool and concise, the sweatshirt could essentially become one of your favourite wardrobe staples… it compliments everything and works well when layering. But beware (investing in a few sweatshirts may lead to addiction) don’t go reaching for it on a snoozy Monday morning when your in a rush for work.

Shop this piece in bold, earthy or monochrome colours depending on your mood and personal take on style. Look out for prints and interesting high quality details that will give your ensemble some edge.

cotton jersy sweatshirtcontrast sweatshirtcheck woven sweatshirt

label lab shirtgreen sweatshirtcable jumper

college sweatshirtflecked jumperblack cable jumper

Conclusion

Here at MFM, We hope you have enjoyed this guide specially catered for “dressed down” days at work. The key to looking and feeling great is choosing pieces that will make you feel at your most comfortable; especially if your running around or have a tight schedule. Invest in an ensemble that you would feel happy to wear on your day off or at the weekend.

Get the balance right, you don’t want to overdress but you don’t want to underdress. Too casual will give your work peers the impression you’re a slob outside of work, and overdressing will have your boss doubting the formality of your daily work attire. Combine classic formal pieces, with casual attire.

Have fun and enjoy dressing down… Long live casual Friday.