Disclaimer: Please note I asked my husband, the Banker, to create a post to speak about men’s fashion in the workplace. The opinions expressed in his post are his own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bethanimalprint.
Fresh to Def.
Old and Busted.
*Mad respect for Richard Gere, though. In the 80’s, the above suit probably guaranteed that Mr. Gere would never have to pay for a Fuzzy Navel.
Yo. Banker here. Since I spend my days closing deals and eating steaks, my wife believes I’m an authority on the fashionable male. And you know what? She’s right.
A component of my job is dealing in risk management, so I’ve decided to outline what I believe are ‘Office Style Risks.’ They are as follows:
Risk: Wearing a square-toed shoe…at any time. Wearing these is the most surefire way to proclaim “my shoes are cheap and I’m probably jellin.” Mitigant: Wingtips, man.
Risk: Wearing black dress shoes with navy/tan/khakis slacks. I don’t give a shit what the cigarette-smoking dude from Men’s Wearhouse tells you; black shoes paired with anything other than grey or black pants is not going to look good on you. I guarantee it. Mitigant: Pair your navy slacks with cordovan cap toes, like these.
Inconsistent messaging side bar: It’s completely acceptable (and encouraged!) to wear brown dress shoes with light grey dress pants.
Risk: Wearing a crew-neck t-shirt under your dress shirt. It’s challenging to express how much credibility you lose when you show up to a meeting with a white tee clearly visible under your work attire. You’re either a new hire or nearing retirement. Either way I’ve stopped listening to you. Mitigant: Wear a v-neck under your dress shirt. Or, if you’re from San Jose, a sleeveless tank top.
Risk: Mixing patterns (excludes shirt/tie pattern mixing). This is likely an affront to men’s fashion mags, but it’s important to separate style and office style. When you pair a gingham shirt with baggy pinstripe dress slacks, it signals you’re the type of person who uses their mouse to navigate excel sheets. Mitigant: Don’t do that.
Risk: Showing up with a floppy collar. Of all office fashion missteps, this is the most cringe-inducing. If your collar forms a ‘U’ shape, you’re probably the guy that microwaves salmon in the office breakroom. Mitigant: Iron your shirt. Also, invest in some collar stays, like these. Not only will they keep your collar straight, they also serve as a screwdriver and bottle opener. Boomstick.
– Hopeful deal closer and steak eater, San Francisco, CA
TB: Not only do I fully support the funky sock movement, I’m a Ted Baker/Psycho Bunny/Thomas Pink client. Look, we don’t work in an environment where you can wear checkered pink/blue/yellow pants and still maintain credibility. My advice is to be subtle with your flair in the office; wear slim-fitting, tailored dress clothes and pair them with crazy socks.
*Photos originally from GQ Style Guide (gq.com) and The Awl (theawl.com)
- crop tops: Bullish for Bethanimal, bearish in general!
- high waited pants: Bullish.
- brightly colored tresses: Like with chalk hair dye? Bullish. Actually, any color, permanent or temporary, I love the look. My older daughter and I have both done some semi-permanent streaks of bright blue and pink.
- nail art: Super bullish, especially glittery accents.
- statement necklaces: Bullish.
- monochrome outfits: Bullish – I want to try this look myself.
I know each of these ladies personally and have wanted to introduce them to each other and to all of you for sometime now. I’m delighted this striped shirt has given me ample opportunity to build the bridge. I hope you all get a kick out of the way we each style this adorable vertical striped number.
I styled mine with a neon yellow mini complete with dart details. The darts give this skirt a great shape. In the spirit of 80’s reminiscent neon, I detailed this ensemble with a gold chain. I kept the sandals simple, but have to say a nice pair of Valentino Rockstud Patent Leather Ankle Strap Pumps would tie this ensemble together nicely. Unfortunately for me, they cost as much as one month of child care.
When L’Occitane reached out and asked me to make a video, I was all like, “hell no.” My day job allows me to empower YouTube creators, but certainly doesn’t require that I become one. But I changed my mind because I didn’t want to let the seven years I spent in performing arts schools as a kid go to a complete waste. The video is only one minute long, but took me at least five hours to make (stupid editing). I hope you enjoy it! P.S. These products really are incredible. I have never been so illuminated…not even when I was pregnant.
Watch it here!
Nothing helps you blend in like styling camo pants with a neon blouse and heels for a shopping trip to Draeger’s. Wait, I meant not blend in. Surprisingly, none of my fellow shoppers gave me questionable looks, even when I teetered in my heels with Harlowe on my shoulders. (Hashtag, mutantpower).
The moderately unconventional pattern gives me a much needed break from traditional denim and I totally enjoy how the cropped hem of these pants gets me through that transitional Spring to Summer period. I paired them with my new favorite heels from Zara. They are shockingly comfortable (read: they feel like l paid more than $80) and they look more designer-y than not. I want them in nude stat.