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Men: Never Wear These Clothing Items to the Office

Good day, Artvictus men! You know, you spend a good part of your waking day at the office. And while you might spend your day cooped up in an office and don’t get out to meet your customers, don’t fall into the trap of believing that what you wear to work doesn’t matter because you’re in cool with the people that you work with. Here are a few things that you should never wear to the office.

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Track Pants

Unless you’re a professional athlete, personal trainer or Hollywood movie star (they can get away with all sorts of fashion faux pas’), it’s probably never okay to wear track pants to work. In fact, let’s take a minute to extend that beyond just track pants, and throw in jogging pants, yoga pants or cargo pants.

We get that track pants are super comfortable, especially if you spend the day at a desk pushing paper around or on the phone with unreasonable customers. And track pants have come a long way from the draw strings waist and elastic ankles that we grew up with (although elastic ankles seem to be making a comeback), but still, save that type of wear for hanging out around the house or watching the game with your buddies.

Hoodies

Nothing screams, “Gangsta!” like a kickin’ hoodie, but that’s probably not the message you’re looking to project at work. Hoodies also scream, “I don’t want to be here!”, “I couldn’t be bothered reaching beyond the first thing I touched on my bedroom floor when I got dressed this morning!” and “I want somewhere comfy and convenient to put my hands when I’m chatting up the young, hot intern at the coffee machine!”.

Even if these things describe how you really do feel, unless you’ve got another job lined up somewhere else or want to be stuck in the same job forever, leave the hoodies at home when you head out the door to work.

Sandals

Okay, this isn’t necessarily a knock against sandals, but more against feet. Feet are ugly. Like u-g-l-y, you ain’t got no alibi!

For the sake of your office compatriots, wear something that covers your feet. They don’t need to see your hairy toes or your unkempt toenails. If you’re looking for something comfortable and refuse to wear a decent pair of casual shoes, find a pair of sneakers and save the office the displeasure of your knobby toes.

What You Should Wear

If you’re serious about getting noticed and you’re looking to get ahead in your career, dressing well is a great place to start. People make a lot of decisions about you from how you look and dress, so if the way you dress tells them that you really don’t give a crap then that’s what they’ll think about the rest of you.

Our recommendation is that every serious guy’s closet should include a few dress shirts and pairs of khaki pants. While we would recommend at least a couple of tailored dress shirts for special occasions like weddings and job interviews, you should also have a few staples of a well-dressed man like a classic Oxford shirt and a white boardroom shirt. These two shirts are versatile and can be dressed up with a suit or down with a pair of jeans and a blazer.

The Final Word

What you wear says a lot about you, and people form a lot of their opinions about you based on what you look like before you even get a chance to show them how brilliant, witty and charming you are. Leave the track pants, sandals and hoodies at home when you head out the door to work, instead opting for something a little dressier that tells the world you’re out to impress.

Stay well dressed, Artvictus community.

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