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How can I make my typical workplace attire stand out?

HHS5

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Hiya,

New member here (If there’s a “Member introduction thread” let me know).

If this not the right way to seek advice, my apologies.

I work in the office for a construction firm where the typical attire is usually jeans/Trousers, polos in the summer, button downs in the winter/spring, and sneakers. I have been wearing chelsea/ankle boots, but I feel as if that’s not enough.

Are there any other ways I can make my typical workplace attire stand out?

Thanks in advance.
 

HHS5

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Thank you! I have a few wristwatches to choose from already. I will need to get some new belts though as the ones i have currently are too big for me due to losing a lot of weight. Any brand recommendations?
A belt or (if you don't already wear one) a wristwatch might be the simplest addition to that.
 

epsilon22

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Layers? Linen overshirt or bomber in the summer, sweaters or suede jacket in the colder weather. These won't be as dressy as sport coats, but gives you options to add more visual interest.
 

TheIronDandy

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Make sure everything fits and is proportional: lots of men wear the same size they did 10 years ago, regardless of how much weight they have put on or lost. Many modern brands also have things like extremely low-rise trousers, extremely slim fit shirts and tiny collars: making sure that everything is balanced is a subtle way to elevate your outfits.

Also, consider the quality of the fabrics: there's a world of difference between wearing a button down shirt in a sturdy, well made oxford cloth (that will look better with years of wear), and a button down shirt in the flimsy, chemically treated low grade cotton many high-street stores sell.

Once you have the basics in place, I agree with above posters: layers, then maybe one or two tasteful accessories.
 

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Hiya,

New member here (If there’s a “Member introduction thread” let me know).

...

 

Hₑighthere

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Thank you! I have a few wristwatches to choose from already. I will need to get some new belts though as the ones i have currently are too big for me due to losing a lot of weight. Any brand recommendations?
That would depend on what part of the world you're in and what your budget is. There are some previous threads about belt options, like this one.

Depending on the type of belt and the degree of weight loss, you might be able to get more life out of your existing belts with a leather hole punch.
 

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