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Hello, my name is Jackson. I'm a first time poster here, so feel free to let me know if I'm doing anything incorrectly or posting in the wrong place. 

 

I just bought a few western-style shirts (snap buttons, pointed front and back yoke, double front-pockets), but I got them in a solid white. They fit me pretty slim, which I like, generally. My question is, for a casual kind of look, could I wear a linen or cotton sport coat over them? I'm tempted to wear them with a lighter-fabric jacket and some chino-type pants... the western shirts are tricky with this stuff, I know, and they certainly wouldn't look good with a tie (I'm not a fan of any two-pocket shirt with a tie, could be just me) but I'd like to have a sharper look for work. I'm a young guy, and I work in a mental health/group home environment. There's no clear dress code (seriously; all over the place) so anything too dressy would make me look like a pretentious tool. But because of my youth, the clients and their families often mistake me for a resident when they first meet me. This doesn't offend me, necessarily, but I'd like to put across a more professional image.

 

Since I'm not adhering to any specific dress code (e.g., "business casual") I feel like the solid white western shirts with a sport coat and some chinos would look well-put-together but not over-the-top. It's also really important that my clients don't feel like there's too much of a barrier between staff and themselves. But I'm curious to hear some opinions on the subject, as I don't see too many examples of what I'm picturing online, which is often a bad sign.

 

I appreciate your expertise in advance,

-JMQ

post #2 of 2
Well-founded fear. If you can't find any images of something, it's either "next level" or a bad idea. In the situation you're in, it sounds like you want to avoid both.

If you're really looking into the minutiae of social propriety, I suggest posting this on the other side of the forum (http://www.styleforum.net/f/5/classic-menswear).

That being said, my advice is that it's strange. I wouldn't bother with it. Buy some blue button down collar shirts for work and call it a day.
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