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Corporate Men’s fashion

by | May 24, 2017

Tips for men on how to dress for a photoshoot for men. 24.05.2017
Author: Judyta Wajszczak – designer, journalist,
working with Polly since 2013: http://polly.com.pl/

The company’s image is often perceived through the looks of its representatives. For men, the question of corporate attire seems uncomplicated. A suit, a tie, and a jacket are the fundamental elements. However, with a simple touch, we can make this inherent dress code look modern, and add to self-esteem and confidence.

SUIT

Men often tend to wear a fitted suit for many seasons, yet its fashion constantly goes ahead. Maybe not in such spectacular and vivid way as women’s fashion, but still ahead – slowly but consistently. A man wearing his suit has to feel good in it and accept its color. For example dark blue stopped being just a good match for men’s accessories, it became a safe base. We will find it in such classical and traditional collections as the Vistula. But the most important factor remains if the man feels equally right in a given color and fashion. A dark suit or shades of grey are the right choices for everyday office work and a business photoshoot. Choosing the jacket for a suit, it’s good to pay attention to the fashion; shoulders cannot be too fitted or narrow; let’s choose a jacket with a natural size of shoulders, with a light fold on the waistline, with smaller flaps and cut on the lower back.

I RECOMMEND:

  • color fitted to the rest of the attire and the one that adds to the wearer’s self-confidence
  • „safe” colors: dark blue, dark grey, or graphite
  • well-matched jacket: the shoulders should not be underlined too much nor too tight
  • let’s choose a jacket with natural broadness of the shoulders, with light folds on the waistline,

I ADVISE AGAINST:

  • badly fitted jacket, with too much stress or tight shoulders
  • vivid patterns, which would clash with the color or pattern on the shirt or tie

SHIRT

A shirt is an inseparable element of a man’s attire. Always elegant, in a suitable color, is the base for composing the style for a business photoshoot. Before the actual shooting, consult with the photographer, what background has he planned for our session; if it’s going to be white, the shirt should be the opposite – toned down in light blues or greys.

I RECOMMEND:

  • white, patternless shirt, which invariably remains the most elegant
  • shirts which were properly ironed and of good quality
  • perfectly fit the size of the shirt: has to have accordingly long sleeves (which won’t disappear under the cuffs of the jacket) and be not too tight, which produces an unaesthetic grid and crumple

I ADVISE AGAINST:

  • visible, vivid patterns on the shirt: the bigger they get, the less informal the shirt becomes
  • the most informal shirts are the ones with big sized grids or the ones with large patterns
  • intensive colors of the shirt
  • matching patterns from the shirt with the ones on the tie – far better is to avoid a situation when the shirt is striped and the tie is spotted.

TIE

The tie, in a natural way, is the most colorful part of men’s corporate fashion, it is the tie that attracts most of the attention of the viewer at first.

I RECOMMEND:

  • silk ties, which do not crumple
  • for all formal occasions the solid set would consist of a light shirt and even a tie of a strong color: dark blue, claret, graphite
  • a perfect choice would be also finely spotted or striped tie
  • ties lighter in color, matching i.e. pastel shirts, will create a style suitable for less formal photo sessions

I ADVISE AGAINST:

  • ties with flashy, ostentatious patterns or signs
  • matching patterns of the tie with the jacket – to a striped or spotted tie, we should always wear an even jacket with a toned-down color.

ACCESSORIES

More and more often, the need of adjusting the corporate men’s looks into the world of accessories; a modern man can freely use accessories, such as a coat with strongly underlined shoulders, a leather briefcase bag with an arm strap, or even a suitable “business backpack”. A wristwatch of good quality, a men’s bracelet, and of course a pocket square or more vivid tie.
Men’s fashion does not necessarily have to be limited to a suit, a shirt, and an eternal tie. For less formal business occasions one can use a combination of a good quality t-shirt; a black or dark blue “T” would match perfectly a traditional jacket and trousers. The same goes with a shirt other than base color: pastel-pink, light blue, light grey.

Another idea from the less formal areas would be a jacket with a grid: this trend is on in 2017, it went on to the corporate world, too. Let’s not be afraid of the grid, it can be toned down but would add to the overall look a bit of novelty and less formal character. To the grid, one should match the suitable color of even shirt and trousers.

Judyta Wajszczak 2017

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