Including brown shoes
Does the old saying, “never brown in town” still hold sartorial water? You might have thought in this day and age of more relaxed dress conventions and dapper but careful playing with the rules, those days of strict adherence to the very letter of the sartorial law are gone. Well, yes and no……
Even last year there was a debate on correct dress and work place convention made the main print newspapers! In certain professions – admittedly blue chip – candidates were still turning up to interview incorrectly dressed – and being turned down. This was variously ascribed to the lack of interview preparation advice being given to those outside top end universities and schools through to the profusion of style blogs incorrectly maintaining anything goes when you walk out the door. This is not always the case!
Now quite clearly, should you work in a less structured environment, you will enjoy that much more flexibility in dress. That said, once again the boss criteria comes into play; unless you are the boss, look at how your colleagues, line managers and so on are dressed.
This is not to say you should just become a mindless sartorial drone. There are many ways to discreetly show taste and elegance; the well-cut jacket, the refined Goodyear welded shoe, the quality correct shirt – not to mention accessories (Pocket Square!!) from your fountain pen through to tablet case. Abide by the rules – no brown in town – between eight and five; it just means after hours you’ll enjoy casting the shackles aside and experimenting with your dress all the more…
Thank you to our Swedish friends at The Sabot shoes for allowing us to use their images! View their collection here.
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