Style Manual

The modern man’s guide to dressing well every day

Summer's over and it's time to start afresh with a work wardrobe update. We're talking simple tweaks not a complete overhaul to ensure you look the part and are ready to face whatever challenges are thrown at you. Here are five easy updates to your work wardrobe.

Three piece suit

Stock up on shirts

Investing in two to three formal shirts will instantly give your work wardrobe a boost. Stick to plain colours like crisp white, blue and pink shirt and focus on fit - getting rid of excess fabric will instantly make you look sharp. Choose between regular, tailored, slim or muscle fit and find a style that suits your frame. And then there's always the Oxford shirt. Navy, dark grey or a print shirt are also worth considering as you can wear them throughout the season.

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Think smart trousers

A pair of well-cut smart trousers in black are standard work wear in any man's wardrobe but you can always switch it up both colour and texture wise. Navy or grey formal trousers are just as smart and they work with white, blue, burgundy and pink shirts. Another good option is a pair of tapered trousers. Team with a crew neck jumper and formal shoes or white plimsolls if your industry is more smart casual.

Refresh your knitwear

Even if you don't wear a blazer or suit jacket in the office, you can still smarten up your act in a lightweight jumper. Stick to "fine-gauge" knits in grey or black. Wear a crew neck jumper over a tee or shirt buttoned right up. You could wear it with jeans and plimsolls dress code permitting. And if you don't have to wear a shirt and tie to work, you could try this season's roll neck, turtle neck or knitted polo shirt.

Smarten up the detail

Reboot your work wardrobe with a few new accessories such as a plain or patterned tie. Don't over complicate the situation. Stick to two or three finishing flourishes. In addition to a tie, a smart leather belt will make your look much more stylish. Don't forget to add the details such as your wallet, socks and bag.

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Add a new layer

Let's face it - you never know when the temperature will dip in good old Blighty. So have a lightweight jacket to hand for those chillier mornings. You could choose a puffer as an addition to your new work uniform.

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