Style 9 – 5: Take Yourself from Office to Bar in 5 Easy Steps

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9-5, what a way to make a living eh! In today’s world the daily work grind can sometimes leave us all clock watching and wishing for 5pm. Whether you’re working in an office, a building site or on the road, there is nothing better than clocking off and hitting the pub for a well deserved drink. If you don’t fancy drinking a beer whilst still wearing your work wear, we’ve put together the ultimate 5 step guide to easy transitional fashion. Bring on the beer garden!

  1. There’s a fine line between looking casual and looking, well – sloppy. For those that wear a shirt to work, it can be tempting to simply un tuck and let loose as soon as you order your first drink however this isn’t a look that will set the fashion world alight. The easiest way to maintain the smart in ‘smart casual’ is to opt for a shirt that is designed to be worn untucked if you are heading out after word. Choose a shirt that is cropped to fit so that shirt tails are not hanging out.
  1. If you’re looking for the ultimate day-night combo outfit, look no further than the chino – blazer – shirt and loafer classic. Over the years, chinos have seen a resurgence in popularity and most places see them as an acceptable alternative to dress trousers – making them ideal for the office. Pair with a plain colour block t-shirt and a lightweight blazer for a look that will work in the board room and the rooftop terrace bar.
  1. When it comes to ensuring that you look smart enough for the workplace before a night on the town, it really is all about the fit. Even the most casual of clothing can be elevated to ‘smart casual’ status by perfecting the tailoring. This year it is still all about the slim fit, whether it is jeans, shirts or knitwear – creating a sleek silhouette will shift attention from the fact that you may not be in the traditional office ensemble. This is especially important when it comes to denim – a slim fit pair of dark wash jeans do not need to be relegated to ‘dress down Fridays’
  1. Keep footwear smart, this is one of those scenarios where a pair of trainers (regardless of their style) will just not do. Luckily there are plenty of alternatives for those looking to put their best foot forward on the way for a swift half. Loafers and brogues are smart enough to be worn in the office and look great when paired with a well fitted pair of dark wash jeans. Desert Boots and boat shoes are also great options for day to night outfits, check out our full footwear collection for more stylish alternatives.
  1. It may be the summer but here in Britain we still have the occasional (Ok more like regular) cold spells that mean that bare arms are one to avoid. The right knitwear can ensure that you stay warm and stylish all day, whether you choose a lightweight cardigan or even a v-neck jumper worn over a short sleeve shirt – you can easily take off a layer if the sun decides to make an appearance. Check out our fantastic knitwear collection here for some serious style inspiration.

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