How To: Business as usual
It’s 6:30 in the morning and my alarm has been going off for the past 15 minutes. Currently, I am in Hartford Connecticut on business for a few days. Working in college admissions you will do a fair amount of travel for college fairs, high school visits and conferences. There is a national college fair taking place and it starts in a few hours from now. When packing outfits for trips of this nature it is good to come up with a “uniform” because you will want to look professional when meeting hundreds of prospective students and parents.
Here are a few pieces that will never go out of style in a “Business Look“:
- Navy Blazer : Very versatile and compatible with almost any pair of trousers from khakis to these plaid wool pants.
- White Button Up Shirt : When all else fails, the white button up shirt will be your best bet with any business look. It is a good idea to have a couple white button up. I own three with one have French cuff so that I can wear cuff links or silk knots.
- Plain White Pocket Square: Adding the simple and subtle detail of a plain white pocket square to your blazer’s chest pocket
- Burgundy Loafers: This color loafer is a switch from the typical chestnut brown that you may have in your closet. Burgundy loafers have more a prominent red under-tones. Pairing this color shoes with most navy, grey or khaki is a great way to add a polished look to you work wardrobe.
Make you own twist on the “Business Look“
Instead of going with the complete navy suit, I decided that a plaid pant would inject my sense of personal style and at the same time remain professionally classic. As a note, if you decided to go with a plaid or non-uniform pant avoid extremely loud colors because they may distract others from the focus of meeting with you which is to sell yourself.
It is warm enough to take a stroll without an overcoat, but, it is still breezy enough to throw on a scarf to keep warm. I found a great clothing store called “Stackpole Moore Tryon” that carries some great menswear. There is a portion of the shop that does custom men’s clothing and that section is over seen by Mr. Lawrence Bagwell. Mr. Bagwell has a long history in men’s style and was a great resource of information on all things sartorial.