No matter the office.
Every day of every month at GQ, we start your morning on Instagram with visual advice on What to Wear Today, like how to nail business casual for good. This month we're talking about the best clothes, shoes, and accessories to wear as we move from spring to early summer. Up today: three ways to wear spring's most unexpected colors.
This time of year, menswear trends tend to follow mother nature's lead (bursts of bold colors, leafy patterns, rain gear of all kinds). This season, for example, men have been wrapping themselves in lemon yellow and dusty pink, the demand for Hawaiian shirts is more widespread than ever before, and mac coats come in every pattern imaginable. But you don't have to dress like a box of crayons to enjoy the birth of this new season. If you really want to stand out among a crowd of men in pastel polos and DayGlo sneakers we suggest you do the opposite: Layer up in black and white.
This high contrast combination not only reduces your chances of mismatching colors (because there are none!); it is also saves you a ton of time getting dressed in the morning, which makes it perfect for the office—any office. Here, are three black-and-white fits for every kind of business casual office out there.
If you work at a creative agency
Impress your fellow design nerds with the quality of your jacket's leather and the repeating pattern on your vacation shirt.
Jacket: Coach, $1,245, buy now at endclothing.com
Shirt: Junya Watanabe, $400, buy now at mrporter.com
Chinos: Polo Ralph Lauren, $85, buy now at mrporter.com
If you work at a start up
You probably don't have a dress code, but you should still make an effort to look presentable. Temper the casual vibes of your very on-trend windbreaker and T-shirt with a pair of slim white jeans.
Windbreaker: Reebok, $59, buy now at endclothing.com
T-Shirt: Quantity Peoples, $49, buy now at needsupply.com
Jeans: Maison Kitsuné, $169, buy now at endclothing.com
If you work at a law firm
It may be casual Friday but a collar is still a must. Swap your dress shirt for a blacked-out polo and your blazer for a bomber with sporty stripes. Finish it off with cream colored cords.
Bomber: Dolce & Gabbana, $1,145, buy now at mrporter.com
Polo: Lacoste, $89.50, buy now at lacoste.com
Corduroys: Massimo Alba, $350, buy now at mrporter.com