Bring MadeMen Style Back To Classic American Workwear
Simplicity without boredom
Once the term “classic American Workwear” is uttered, images of early 1900 factory worker might come to mind. That’s not the type of workwear that we’re talking about his this feature. Think Don Draper, scotch swilling steez with modern touches like wide peak lapel suits w/ patch pockets. And of course, the optional sock vibe (a la Italy).
Classic (corporate) American workwear-style has fallen victim to the Silicon Valley uniform of blazer & jeans. Now, let’s be straight up, we’re not knocking the casual vibe of the modern office, however; we think it’s time to reinvest in that sharp sartorial style made for the corner office.
Sevilla Glen Plaid Suit – Men’s Style Pro x ModaMatters Collab | Denim Shirt – Michael Bastian | Woven Black Tie – Commonwealth Proper | Black Double Monk Strap Shoes – Allen Edmonds | Eyewear – Oshenta | Marlin Watch – Timex + Todd Snyder
Light grey, black & blue — these colors are complementary and often underutilized. Looking back at old shots of guys heading to working in their stingy brim fedoras and boxy suits, take notice of how the sea of suits are mostly black & charcoal grey. Fast forward to the late 60s and 70s, light grey suits (especially Prince of Wales & Glen Plaid) became an American staple. Here are a few ways to modernize that look and switch up your suit game.
- Lapel & Pockets: Opting for a wide peak lapel and patch pockets hit the traditional and casual aspects on the head. Don’t feel the need to be stingy with those lapels — go wide or go home
- Blue, Black & Grey: You’ll feel inclined to pair a white shirt with this look — it would look crisp. However; for added depth a light blue denim shirt is the unexpected go to. And it adds warmth to the outfit
- Tiny Watch Homage: after going big with the wide peak lapels, plaid suit and strong black tie & shoes, adding a tiny delicate watch to this look says “I know what’s up with the classics”
Photography Credit: Saeed Ferguson of All Cap Studio
Location: Philadelphia 30th Street Station
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