Words by, Peter Minkoff
Photography by, Marcus Richardson
The article below is a featured guest post enunciated, and written by lifestyle writer at Men-Ual magazine UK, Peter Minkoff. Specially written for www.igeeokafor.com. Edited and Approved by, Igee Okafor.
Despite the fact that most companies have loosened up their dress code policy, there are still certain style rules that one must adhere to. After all, your office is a place of business, so it’s vital that your clothes convey what you wish them to in an environment such as this. After all, the official verdict is that your clothes speak volumes of your competency, but also of your level of financial success, authority, trustworthiness, intelligence, and suitability for hire or promotion. Therefore, as your clothes speak before you have the chance to, you want to make sure they say all the right things. Given that winter is fast-approaching, it it’s absolutely paramount you arm yourself with the most stylish topcoat that is both sleek and office-friendly. A strong appearance matters, so make sure your presence is felt.
Pull out all the stops
One wants to look impeccable, that’s a given. However, one also wishes not to freeze on their way to work. There are two solutions to this problem, and you can choose the one that suits your style persona, your line of work, and if you have the liberty and inclination – choose both. The first is a warm and trendy parka, which will help you weather even the harshest ‘storm’. It may look a tad chunky, especially with the hoodie, but given its current fashion appeal, you will be able to pull it off. On those days which are a bit kinder, a finely tailored topcoat, whether grey, checked or suede will make you look sharp, well put-together and, honestly, incredibly handsome-looking. These are the two absolute must-haves, as winter is all about quality outerwear, so given the chance, you are recommended to snag both.
Good things come in twos
As said, there are kind, and there are harsh winter days. Since the athleisure trend is here to stay, you might as well give into it with a pair of super-supportive and warm sneakers. The New Balance Trailbuster re-engineered sneakers are THE sneakers to rock this winter. Now, you must be thinking that sneakers such as these aren’t what you would call inconspicuous and office-friendly, but it’s all about proper styling. If you put on a great oxford shirt, dark trousers, complete the look with a sharp topcoat, you will look incredibly professional and the sneakers will just add a touch of the wow effect.
The harsher days certainly call for a pair of sleek and winter-survival boots, which you can pair with the same outfit but add your parka or topcoat. The brogue boot is the finest choice as brown is fairly neutral, they are classy, polished and the soles are ready to take on whatever the weather throws at you.
A great bag goes a long way
Young professionals carry a great deal on their plate, and it’s not uncommon that they take their work home. As one, you need a stylish, durable bag to go with your topcoat – and pretty much everything stylish you’ll wear that day. Given that briefcases have long become passé, your finest companion is to be found in a great leather backpack. Backpacks aren’t usually considered professional, but when you add sleeker, sturdy design and the leather element, you’re playing in an entirely new field. It will match both your topcoat and your blazer perfectly, exude professionalism, and you’ll be able to make the transition from work to after-work drinks looking great as the look won’t be overly formal.
It’s no secret that good knitwear is one of your biggest allies when styling with topcoats. Cardigans are a little out, so narrow your options to the returning trendy preppy-looking crew sweaters, dapper turtlenecks in winter colors. With the right shirt, you will look incredibly polished in a cashmere mockneck sweater, and finally, there is the V-neck sweater, which will show off your shirt, so make it an interesting one. On warmer days you’ll be able to get away with the sweater alone, but on the chillier ones, don’t underestimate the warming and style power of a well-chosen shirt. When in doubt, always go for non-colors.
Scarves, gloves and hats will be needed, as they go perfectly with a topcoat. Your topcoat may offer some protection, but when you need real winter proof support, a fedora hat or a woven beanie is simply a must-have. You can even step up your game for the important days. Why? By suiting up, of course. Leather gloves are another must. Make sure they match your topcoat and your shoes – never risk by breaking this rule. The scarf should be dark, preferably single-color. Black, chocolate brown, and even camel will work as all these colors look equally luxurious.
Yes, when it comes to mixing work with winter, there are many things to take into consideration, provided you want to achieve a look that is equal parts professional and warm and toasty.
Thank you for reading!