The Back To Work Men’s Fashion Guide for 2021

Table of Contents

1. 1. Prepare ToMake a First Impressions

2. What about wearing athleisure at work?

3. Inspiration for Menswear Style forGoing Back To Work

4. The right accessories add the finishing touch

5. Back To WorkOutfits forMen

It can be difficult to decide what to wear in the office after working remotely for more than a year. It used to be so much easier to dress up. So if you find yourself standing in your closet wondering what the hell you’re going to wear to work, we promise you’re not alone.

Men’s fashionMore or less on pause for the past year, and we’re guessing there are a lot of guys who could use a back-to-work style guide. Dress appropriately to help you and us. forAfter months of dressing up, the office is finally ready for business. forZoom, we decided consult some experts.

In this article, we’ll discuss what to wear when heading back to the office in 2021.

How to incorporate athleisure into your work clothes

Essential menswear pieces to enhance your work wardrobe

Office wear dos and don’ts

The men’s accessories you’ll need

Two business casual outfits created by men’s fashion influencer Nate Ma, aka @Cuffington

For this men’s fashionguide, we consulted Sharon Graubard (founder and owner of MintModa). Graubard is a fashionTrend forecaster, whose expertise has been mentioned in publications that include The New York Times to WWD.

Graubard shared with us a story about a friend in finance during our interview. He and his coworkers were presented with a gift before the office was reopened. “dos and don’ts”Email with dress code. (Because again, everyone is having trouble dressing after the pandemic. Here’s a list of what to wear “collared shirts, particularly wovens like poplin, with knitted polos as a more casual option. They also were instructed to wear slacks, tailored chinos, or un-distressed jeans.”Although dress code emails are helpful, not everyone receives them. That’s why we tapped two fashionThese are experts who can navigate the maze of workwear. The aforementioned Graubard was the first, and the second is men’s fashionCuffington is an influencer and photographer. We highly recommend that you follow his Instagram. His 110K followers pay attention to his style howto videos and sartorial advice.

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1. 1. Prepare ToMake a First Impressions

Before we even talk about what to wear when going back to work, you need to remember that you will be in an office with people you may not have seen in months, or that you’re meeting forThe first time. So here’s a bit of uncomfortable advice forPeople will make quick judgments about your performance in the workplace based upon how you present yourself. Those judgments may be unconscious, but they’re happening.

Your new fit should instantly remind your bosses and co-workers that you’re responsible, reliable and on top of your game. It is possible, it is not difficult. Graubard says “make sure your clothes are fresh and clean. ‘Intention’ is the key word. Put your clothes on consciously, don’t just throw on whatever is on the bedroom chair. Look critically in the mirror.”

Graubard also offers some confidence-building advice. “Look in the mirror and dress like you mean it.”

Before you leave the house, take a look in the mirror. “What does this outfit say about me?” Does it say, I’m someone worth taking seriously, or I don’t know what I’m doing here?

2. What about wearing athleisure at work?

We talked about how athleisurewear evolved from workout clothing to athleisurewear not long ago. At the time, comfort was all about style. We used to live in our favorite t-shirts and joggers while working from home. Now that we’re going back into the office, athleisurewear fabrics have moved into more structured clothing that looks slightly less casual without sacrificing comfort.

“Many companies have started blending spandex/stretch materials (Polyurethane/Elastane etc.) into their clothing lines,”Cuffington said this in an email interview. “Now you can enjoy the stretch comfort of sweatpants in denim, chinos, and even dress pants.”

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Graubard has some tips for shopping that will help you look professional and polished all at once. “Look for quality (when buying clothing). Fabrics that are too thin, or too stretchy, or textured like terry, might not give the professional look you’re going for. I noticed some of the streetwear brands are showing activewear silhouettes in wovens rather than knits, giving the pieces a more polished look… In general, woven (items) look more polished.” Confused as to what’s a woven fabric and what’s a knit? AA tee, or sweatshirt, is a knitted fabric. A woven fabric would be used as a dress shirt or jeans or a jacket.

Graubard agrees that you can wear athleisure wear to work, but don’t go overboard. “It’s a good idea to wear just one piece of activewear and mix it with more tailored pieces. (For example) a sleek woven windbreaker can work for casual or professional looks.”

Buy:

Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpant

$78.00

Remember that achieving the athleisure style at work is all about confidence. If you pair joggers with a wrinkled tee or scuffed-up shoes, you’re not going to impress anyone. Before you head back to work, get rid of clothing that’s seen better days. Don’t wear items that are stained, worn, wrinkled beyond repair, or falling apart. We also know that many people gained or lost weight during the pandemic. Cuffington suggests you “double-check your suits and outfits to make sure that they’re not too tight or too loose. If they are, it might be time to buy a different size, or get your clothes altered by a tailor.”

3. Inspiration for Men’swear Style forGoing Back To Work

Looking forAre you looking for specific recommendations? We’ve got some complete outfits below, but first we wanted to provide some basic men’s fashionThis inspiration will give you an idea of what to wear to work. We tried to offer a mix of casual and formal styles. Right now, men’s business-casual clothing has been heavily influenced by athleisure.

Polo Ralph Lauren Slim-Fit Stretch Chinos

Look, if you’re struggling to get dressed, then keep it simple. These Polo Ralph Lauren slim-fit black Chinos will look great with any outfit. outfitYou can imagine everything, and they are comfortable and stylish. They’re not too skinny to get you the side-eye from Gen Z, and they have enough stretch to help you wean yourself off joggers and sweatpants. Cuff them up and wear them with white sneakers of your choice, or pair them with some new men’s dress shoes forYou will be more comfortable in a fitted shirt.

Polo Ralph Lauren Stretch Chinos

Polo Ralph Lauren Stretch Chinos

Buy:

Polo Ralph Lauren Slim-Fit Stretch Chinos

$98.50

Napajiri Logo-Print Windbreaker

This lightweight front zip windbreaker is made from polyamide and can be worn as both a techwear and athleisure wear. Because of the simple design, it’s easy to toss on when going to work or when hiking on the weekend. It hits all the details Graubard mentions above, and it’s both polished looking and functional. Heck, even the model looks like he’s ready to hit the morning commute to work.

Napajiri-Logo-Print-Windbreaker

Napajiri-Logo-Print-Windbreaker

Buy:

Napajiri Logo-Print Windbreaker

$330.00

Scotch & Soda Indigo Blazer

Right now, we’re loving the menswear coming from the Dutch fashionScotch & Soda is a brand that has many of these qualities. outfits forCasual attire for your back-to work business. If you were a WFH-ear ear wearer, you can still wear them in the fluorescent office lights. But, add a blazer. outfitYou will be different from the rest. Cuffington suggests that you choose a tee that is distinctly yours. “make sure your shirt is clean and crisp. Solid colors and simple subtle patterns work best. A simple move like tucking in your shirt can really elevate your look. Throw on a nice blazer over it for extra style points.” A blazer can make track pants look business-like too. Spend some time trying on your athleisure pieces with a blazer and you’ll be pleased with all the “new”Work that is current and in-style outfitsYou suddenly have.

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Scotch-Soda-Indigo-Blazer

Scotch-Soda-Indigo-Blazer

Buy:

Scotch & Soda Indigo Blazer

$268.00

Polo Ralph Lauren Tech Sweatpants

While you might’ve gotten away with wearing a button-up on top and shorts for Zooms, you can’t do that in the office… even if you have great legs. Cuffington reminds that “coming back to the office doesn’t necessarily mean you should give up your comfortable style.” Love sweatpants? You can get that same comfort and a sleeker look when you wear sweatpants’ tastier cousin, the tailored jogger. Wear a well-designed jogger with a button-up and a blazer.

Polo-Ralph-Lauren-Tech-Sweatpants

Polo-Ralph-Lauren-Tech-Sweatpants

Buy:

Polo Ralph Lauren Tech Sweatpants

$110.00

4. The right accessories add the finishing touch

When thinking about whatTo wear when going back to work, it’s the little things that can turn clothing from “basically okay” to “Instagram-worthy.”Graubard suggests investing in “scarves, whether a silk square, a cotton bandanna or knitted muffler, as a nice way to add color. For the wrist, a watch or smartwatch is a classic accent, or a chain, beaded or leather bracelet… a tailored tote, a small cross-body bag, or a sleek backpack in leather or nylon are good workday choices. Belts give a nice finished look, and a tasteful statement buckle adds personality.”

Accessories by Billy Reid

Billy Reid is another favorite menswear brand in our opinion. 2021. The Alabama-based designer describes his clothing this way: “lived-in luxury,” and we think that’s exactly right. In addition to stylish shirts, pants and shoes, Billy Reid also has a line of men’s accessories that we think you’ll love. His new braided leather belts in brown are perfect forHis business casual look is complemented by his bandanas and pocket squares.

Billy Reid Accessories

Accessories by Billy Reid

Buy:

Pocket Square of Silk by Billy Reid

$88.00

Buy:

Billy Reid Braided Leather Belt

$195.00

Todd Snyder x Timex Q Reissue

The right accessory will make you stand out and get you the compliments that you deserve. We’ve been raving about the Todd Snyder x Timex watch collection forThis Timex Q Reissue has been around for a while and is an excellent choice. forYour go-to style for back-to work. This watch is bold and distinctive with a blue face and gold-tone dial. We love its retro vibe.

Q Timex Reissue by Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder Reissues Q Timex

Buy:

Q Timex Reissue 38MM

$179.00

Tumi Alpha Bravo Barksdale Crossbody Bag

This leather-trimmed crossbody bag features a lot of pockets both in the outer and inside. You’ll no longer fumble trying to find a commuter pass, office keys or credit card. It also features an adjustable strap. This all-black accessory will go with any outfit and is a great addition to the crossbody bag trend. outfit.

Tumi-Alpha-Bravo-Barksdale-Crossbody-Bag

Tumi-Alpha-Bravo-Barksdale-Crossbody-Bag

Buy:

Tumi Alpha Bravo Barksdale Crossbody Bag

$250.00

5. Back To WorkOutfits forMen

Cuffington was asked by us to help us make a list of what to wear when we return to work. outfit, and he did better — he created two of them forWe are here. Each outfit’s items can be mixed and matched, so it becomes a mini capsule wardrobe of four looks. He says they’re “versatile and classic business casual outfits that are extremely comfortable and clean. They can be worn to the office and to happy hour afterward.”

Outfit #1: Buck Mason Oxford and Hiroshi Katho Slim Jeans. Thursday Executive Dress Shoes.

“You can never go wrong with a classic blue oxford button-up shirt. It’s a timeless shirt that pairs well with everything from dark denim or brown pants.”We are 100% in agreement. Buck Mason’s stylish and clean fit is a must-have in your closet.

buck-mason-blue-classic-oxford-o

buck-mason-blue-classic-oxford-o

Buy:

buck-mason-blue-classic-oxford-o

$95.00

“Classic Dark Blue Denim but upgraded with 4-way Stretch Fabric. [They] look sharp and feel comfortable with the 4-way stretch selvedge denim.”Cuffington stated that Gen-Z prefers looser fit clothes, but he prefers the. “slim-fit cut for a more fitted and put-together look.”

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Hiroshi-Kato-The-Pen-Slim-Jeans-–-Indigo-Raw-14oz

Hiroshi-Kato-The-Pen-Slim-Jeans-–-Indigo-Raw-14oz

Buy:

Hiroshi Kato the Pen Slim Jeans Indigo Raw

$209.00

We reviewed these dress shoes when they first came out, and the Matte Black version was particularly impressive. A classic brown dress shoe is much easier to style. “Dress to impress with this clean classic cap-toe lace-up dress shoe. Not like your typical dress-shoe, the brandy hand-finish full-grain leather looks sharp with dress pants but also looks good with denim and chinos.”

Thursday-Boot-Co-Executive-Shoe-in-Brandy

Thursday-Boot-Co-Executive-Shoe-in-Brandy

Buy:

Thursday Boot Co Executive Shoe in Brandy

$168.00

Outfit #2: Buck Mason T-Shirt, Hiroshi Kato Chinos

Cuffington created a second, back-to-work initiative outfit that’s classically cool and equally comfortable. If you’re working in a creative environment, this could be your new work uniform.

“You can’t go wrong with a simple clean t-shirt. Made with slub cotton which is breathable and has a nice texture to it. [This] shirt features a curved hem for a more modern look. Add a nice light jacket or blazer to elevate the look.”

Buck-Mason-Slub-Curved-Hem-Tee

Buck-Mason-Slub-Curved-Hem-Tee

Buy:

Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee

$35.00

These classic men’s chinos have the extreme comfort and softness of sweatpants. They also come in a modern cut that features a slim-fit silhouette that’s not too baggy or tight. These chinos are versatile and can be worn with sneakers, boots, or dress shoes. They also come in a variety colors.

Hiroshi-Kato-The-Axe-Slim-Denit-Chinos

Hiroshi-Kato-The-Axe-Slim-Denit-Chinos

Buy:

Hiroshi Ko The Axe Slim denit Chinos

$219.00

Outfit #3: Untuckit Performance shirt, Bonobos Off Duty pants, Gola Sneakers

If you’re still in need of more menswear items to add to your closet, we’ve thrown together one more outfitRecommendation

This is sneaky comfort. outfit. Each item is inspired by athleisure. They were chosen because they are similar to activewear and feature sweat-fighting tech fabric. However, they look like regular office wear. If you bike to work, or your commute resembles a rugger scrum, no matter what happens to you on your way in, you won’t look it when you cross the threshold. And yes, you can mix and match pieces with what you’ve got in your closet.

The shirt is the first. This Untuckit wrinkle-free button up shirt is made from performance fabric. It has a blue floral printed shirt. The fabric fights sweat and odor, won’t wrinkle and has the right amount of stretch.

Untuckit-Wrinkle-Free-Performance-Short-Sleeve-Norkeliunas-Shirt

Untuckit-Wrinkle-Free-Performance-Short-Sleeve-Norkeliunas-Shirt

Buy:

Untuckit Wrinkle Free Performance Shirt

$99.00

The chino is cut like a chino but moves and feels like a jogger. The relaxed-fitting pant features an elasticated waistband and four pockets. It’s also available in nine additional colors.

Bonobos-Off-Duty-Pant

Bonobos-Off-Duty-Pant

Buy:

Bonobos Off Duty Pant

$99.00

White sneakers are a must-have. These white on canvas sneakers were first introduced in the 70s. They were designed for professional badminton players, but they’ve been re-styled forThey are still very popular in the modern era, but they still have their court shoes endurance.

Gola-Classics-Mens-Badminton-Plimsoll-Sneakers

Gola-Classics-Mens-Badminton-Plimsoll-Sneakers

Buy:

Gola Classics Men’sSneakers by Badminton Plimsoll

$70.00

*Some of the quotes in this article have been lightly edited forClarity and grammar.

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