When I was in college, I worked for my father and every day I worked for “The Man” I wore a shirt, tie, dress pants – the whole nine yards. A little over five years ago when I began working in Manhattan, I was shocked to learn that people literally wore whatever they wanted to wear to work. No longer was I constrained to the confines of a starched shirt, tie and a high-polished pair of mens woven leather loafers. Imagine my fashion concerns when, after years of literally wearing what was “cool” to work, I’ve found myself starting a new job with an actual dress code. While I was told it was “Chic Business Casual” the folks at my new gig definitely crack the whip and will have none of my Brooklyn-cool, I-look-like-I-may-have-just-crawled-through-the-subway look. It was time to Don Draper it up, so a-shopping I went.
First stop, Brooks Brothers. It’s classic, it’s cool, it’s preppy: it works. Their shirts are fantastic, come in a wide array of patterns and always keep me looking sharp. One that particularly caught my eye was their versatile Washed Oxford Sport Shirt (regularly $75, currently on sale for $39.75.) Made of super soft Supima® cotton, it can be casual or dressy, but always comfortable and sharp.
Even though I don’t have to wear a tie at my new gig, I wanted to have a few just in case (events, meetings, dates after work – you never know.) My friends at Vineyard Vines have some great ties in solids, stripes and their iconic preppy prints. I chose their Bayside Stripe Woven Tie ($85). The not-too-bright pink looks outstanding with chinos and a blazer and it’s a perfect color and style to get me through the rest of the summer months!
Finally, an office-appropriate fragrance. It needs to be mature and subtle but clearly state “I mean business.” I decided upon Atelier Cologne Oolong Infini. ($155.) Not too overpowering, the cologne has notes of oolong tea and tobacco with a hint of wood and leather. Basically, it’s Don Draper in a bottle.
Now I’m all set for my first day of work. I’m dressed to thrill and ready to tackle my new job by day and settle in for a martini with friends after work. Because, professionally (and personally speaking), everybody loves a sharply-dressed, good-smelling guy.