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The Full Monty Workplace Style
(Photography: Austin Horton)
You’re excited as hell that summer is here, but, you dread the idea of wearing a suit to work. It’s understandable, it’s hot and the thought of wearing your heavy wool suits is making you sweat bullets. There maybe a bold, yet, surprisingly versatile solution to your sartorial doldrums — The Gingham Suit. Mind Blown? Yeah, it even threw me for a loop at first too, until I put together three looks that made this suit seems like the fun one that the rest of your wardrobe would get jealous (if they had feelings). This post will show you how to rock a gingham suit like a boss or at least entice you to try something new.
First Up: Work Ready
This goes without saying, gauge your workplace atmosphere and general dress code. If you’re a finance officer for a corporate giant (typically a more conservative environment) — leave this suit in the closet for the weekend. If suiting is optional but welcomed at the office, this is a time test your ginghamness — especially on a Friday.
Style Tips For Pulling This Off As a Full Suit At Work
- You’ll need three things to ground this look color wise: White Oxford Shirt, Navy Knit Tie & A Brown Suede Oxford or Loafer. These colors complement the deep blue & green of the gingham check. A blue oxford shirt moves this look toward garden party or Easter basket fresh — which isn’t your intention at work
- Avoid adding more patterns! This suit is busy enough without trying to balance a second or third pattern
- Don’t get fancy with your pocket square. A plain white cotton or colored tipped white cotton square will do the trick
Sneakers + Polo + Gingham Suit = Meta Geezer
(Photos: Lauren McGrath Photography)
Navy & Green Cotton & Silk Gingham Suit – c/o Hardy Amies | Classic Premium Tennis Sneakers – Nike | Navy Pique Cotton Polo Shirt – c/o Hardy Amies | Brown Tipped Sky Blue Pocket Square – The Tie Bar | Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters
I’ve seen so many old dudes rock this almost exact outfit and I’ve always admired their “don’t give a sh*t” attitude. As with the office appropriate look, you’ll see that the color navy again is used a grounding agent — this time it’s with a pique cotton polo shirt. Here’s a life changing style quip about wearing short sleeve shirts with suits.
To execute this look perfectly, the sleeves of your jacket need to be tailored. Most off-the-rack suit jacket sleeves are too wide and need to be taken in any way. Head to your local tailor and they can taper your sleeves for about $30.
As a finish touch, throw on some fresh white kicks. A white sneaker always looks good with a suit, especially a cotton summer suit. Classic style like the Adidas Stan Smith’s, the Nike Tennis Classics and Axel Arigato Clean 90s work well with this type of suit.
A Jacket Solo Act
(Photography: Austin Horton)
Navy & Green Cotton & Silk Gingham Suit Jacket – c/o Hardy Amies | Denim Shirt – Suitsupply | Pocket Square – Drakes London | Cognac Leather Loafers – Paul Evans | Gold Hunter S Thompson Aviators – Boast USA x Reds
With any bold patterned suit, the jacket is meant to ride solo. If there are multiple colors in your blazer and one is very subdued, find a pair of pants in the same color (if appropriate) to highlight it within the jacket. There’s subtle ways to introduce variation of the same colors that worked in earlier looks, the key to change the texture.
How Texture & Color Changes Improve The Versatility of The Gingham Jacket/Suit
- Cotton suits look best with other textured pieces – pique cotton polos, Oxford cloth button downs & knit ties
- Poplin & flat fabrics complement cotton suit best for formal situations (think wedding)
- The best warm tones for this particular suit/look are: orange (see tip of pocket square) & cognac (see loafers).
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM