It’s all fun and games with this no-pants business until someone gets fired for completely refusing to acknowledge the dress code. Outfit inspiration is one thing. Needing to ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT TO WEAR is a whole other. When I did a story a few months ago called “How to Dress for a Corporate Dress Code Without Falling Asleep,” one of you actually said to me in the comments, “I love you, but you don’t understand corporate.”
I love you, too. And I don’t. You’d think I would because so many of my friends have corporate jobs. I can never send emails with curse words to these friends because their office flags them then sends us both warnings. It’s a thing we’re working on.
Another thing I’m working on is how to make a suit feel both office-appropriate and cool.
The Classic Navy
Keep in mind that we’ve gotta throw the MR Aesthetic in there somewhere. That said, step 1 is to find a tailored navy blazer and pants to pair. This here isn’t an actual suit but very closely-matched blues. Underneath: an oversized shirt that I pinned at the back to create a sort of skirt underneath the blazer hems. I then added a floral shirt underneath the button-down and glasses that say, “I can see you.”
So, outfit 1: How did I do?
The Casual Friday Plaid
I know plaid might not be appropriate for everyday. Maybe it’s your crazy Friday look. But this one is Altuzarra, and if I worked at a truly corporate office, I would invest in one Altuzarra suit and wear it every single day for the rest of my career/life. Its pristine tailoring makes the otherwise-average suit look special. No can do on Altuzarra? Remember that you can always bring an affordable suit to a tailor. It will cost money, but it will cost less than the price you’d spend on a designer suit. Wrap a scarf around your neck and add funky glasses for the commute.
Go Gray Prematurely
I’m not sure what the standard policy is on the cropped pants, please advice, but I am sure that this color feels professional yet unexpected. If you were expecting charcoal, I guess. An odd top can act as your answer to the modern waistcoat/vest, and bright blue mules — whether you actually wear them in the office or slip into them after hours — are what glass ceiling hammers are made of.
Follow our model, Kalysse Anthony, on Instagram @kalysseanthony. Styled by Amelia Diamond, accessories market by Elizabeth Tamkin, photos by Krista Anna Lewis.