Through the years, we have seen a number of changes in the way men dress for work. Most companies have let go of the mandatory suit-and-tie ensemble, and have embraced "business casual" as the new standard. Boardroom meetings are filled with the hottest sneaker drops and designer threads instead of the three-piece suit and Windsor Knot. And though this is an exciting time for personal style and streetwear, we can’t help but wonder: What ever happened to business wear?
There are still a number of industries that take these matters to heart. Tailored shirts and bespoke suits still serve as an armor and a badge of honor. Do we see these institutions as archaic, or rather a purveyor of classic style that, one way or another, every gentleman should still observe? We take a look into how one can wear these classic looks and dress them up with style tips that can go beyond the usual nine to five.
The Classic Hue
Navy never goes out of style. This is a known fact. But we're looking at new ways to wear your favorite navy pieces. We're looking for a tonal look with an added touch of character. Think of a well-fitting button-down and tailored trousers, finished with a bold printed tie like this Oleg Cassini dog-printed silk necktie.
A classic navy suit like this, Ricardo Preto Fortunato Navy Birdseye Blazer, is always a handsome ensemble. Wear it with a bold striped shirt from Savile Row, and finish your look with The Tie Bar Grosgrain Solid Necktie Butter Yellow.
If you're one to love classic suits but your closet is filled to the brim with the usual navy, black, and gray, why not expand your choices to tried and tested silhouettes but done differently with patterned fabrics? Ricardo Preto's line of suits is often designed in familiar cuts with subtle twists like the Cornelio Gray Plaid Blazer. Wear it with a classic white shirt and a bold tie to let the suit stand out and make its own mark.
When your schedule is not filled with back-to-back meetings and presentations pair down your look with a light and breezy shirt in a classic cut like this Abraham Checked Long-Sleeved Dress Shirt Light Blue from Oleg Cassini. Wear it with U My Philippines Davao Chino Pants in olive green, a pair of trousers designed in a slimming silhouette and with pleated detailing that adds a lively touch to your look.
A Dark Twist
We've spoken highly of how navy never goes out of style, but if you're looking for a bolder look, explore prints and patterns that add an unassuming touch of quirk to your office looks. Savile Row is known for their finely crafted shirts in classic silhouettes and fabrics that falls nicely when worn. But their line of shirts also comes in handsome prints and patterns like this Casual Long-Sleeved Button-Down Shirt in navy. Wear it with your wardrobe staples and let this shirt make a lasting impression.
Photographers: Oliver Tam and Frances Ulit
Art Directors: Hans de Baras and Kevin Dexter Magno
Producers: Timothy Diao and Camille Oliveras
Stylist: Timothy Diao
Hair and Makeup: Kirt Dinaliso
Model: Garrette of Main Models
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