The ULTIMATE Men’s Office Style Guide: All You Need to Know About Men’s Office Wear.
The Importance of appearance in the workplace & The benefits of good style
Let’s face it: there are a lot of advantages associated with looking stylish at work.
People will treat you differently, and always for the better; you might get that new job you’ve had your eye on, whether because you ace that interview or because your stylish look gives you an advantage over other candidates.
You’ll get more respect from strangers in social situations. Your coworkers will be more likely to listen to opinion, as will your boss.
You might even get some more attention from that special someone (wink, wink).
General Society: Why it is important to dress well.
Of course, more than all of that, there’s another reason why you should dress well whenever you can. The importance of appearance extends beyond the workplace and into general society as well. The reality is that, if you do pay attention to what your style looks like, you’ll feel great about yourself.
No longer will you have to worry that you don’t look good, or that your style isn’t compatible with a given situation; you’ll already know out of hand that you’ll look good. But not just that: looking good will give you the confidence you need to make you feel better about yourself.
You’ll stand up straighter and taller; your posture will be relaxed yet alert; you’ll know when to smile and make eye contact, but you’ll also know how to assert yourself properly.
Indeed, one of the great things about having terrific style is that, if you know how others should treat you—and they’re not living up to those standards—your fashion sense will give you the confidence you need to stand up to those bullies.
Okay, so now that we’ve listed all the benefits of having great style, you might be wondering how you can achieve such style yourself. Well, it’s for that reason that we’ve prepared this style guide; to help you with some tips and tricks you need to help you dress better and, in consequence, feel better about yourself.
So, we’re going to begin with an overview of the fundamental things—the basic steps—that you’ll need to know for dressing well at the office.
The Men’s Office style Guide: Getting the basics right
Men’s Office wear: Shirts
1- What material should you purchase?
Shirts that are softer—such as those made from silk—tend to be of higher quality; however, they might also be a bit much for everyday use. Consider wearing shirts made of linen, twill, and cotton as well – very hard wearing.
2- Be careful with buttons.
Not every work shirt has buttons, but, when they do, they should fasten solidly. Otherwise, they’re not of high quality. Also, you don’t want buttons popping out when you’re in the middle of a presentation – not a good look. Make sure your shirt fits and your buttons aren’t strained against your stomach and torso.
3- Stitching is key.
Stitching is an important part of a shirt, so—if it feels shoddy, loose or badly done—it probably is. Stay away from those shirts and pick up some shirts that are of better quality – they will last you longer.
4- Choose your collar.
Straight-angled point collars are standard, and are easy to wear. When in doubt, go with these.
Another option is the Windsor collar, which which creates a larger collar opening/spread. This is more suited to accommodate larger tie knots like the Windsor knot.
There is also the button-down collar, which of course has buttons.
5- What about sleeves?
Sleeves for work shirts can be long or short, depending on how formal your workplace is. If you’re donning short sleeves (whether dress shirt or polo), a good option would be to wear it tucked in without a jacket for a nice preppy look.
6- Colour is an important consideration.
Neutral colors, like gray, white, and blue, are ideal for work, whether you’re wearing a suit or not. You can get a bit bolder with periwinkle or pale pink shirts; these can be easily paired with your other pieces.
7- Patterns are also an option.
Patterns are a good way of showing off your style. Wear patterns with neutral shades, and remember that vertical prints tend to be winners in general. Checkered patterns work well too.
8- How does it fit?
Your shirt needs to have the right fit, which you can easily achieve thanks to the fact that dress shirts often come in half sizes. To find your measurements, measure your neck and chest size. For the proper neck size, you should be able to slip two fingers into your collar.
Men’s office wear: Dress Pants (Slacks)
1- Straight cut pants are ideal for office wear.
You need to feel comfortable in your pants. It’s highly likely that your job at an office (although largely seated at a desk) will require movement from place to place within the building or across the same floor.
Straight cut pants that fit well are your ticket to daily comfort. That way, you don’t suffer that dreaded “squeezed” feeling each time you sit down or stand up to move around (Thank God!).
2- Slim dress pants are also an option.
These pants are slightly more fitted to your body, are great if you want to go for more of a modern look. Again, just be sure to get the fit right – too tight and you’ll feel like you’re spending the day in sausage casings – hardly a good feeling!
3- If you’re on the shorter side, then consider higher waists.
We don’t mean that your pants should go all the way up to your belly button, but, nevertheless, the reality is that pants with higher waists tend to make you appear taller.
Also, if you’re a shorter guy, cuffs on the bottom of your pants could make your lack of height even more pronounced – so avoid those as well.
4- Consider ditching the pleats.
These are fun, but they could make you look larger than you actually are—rather than thinner and well-built—and, perhaps more importantly, they’re not as well-suited to modern office wear. Flat fronts are the way to go..
5- Flared pants are also a no-no.
These are, again, too “fun” for work. Remember that an office is a professional environment and that, as a result, you can expect the dress codes to be a little more conservative.
6- Skinny jeans are an absolute no-no as well.
Skinny jeans are far from “professional” in the office context. Therefore, they’re not appropriate for work.
The exception is Casual Fridays; however, this will, in turn, depend on your office’s dress code for such Fridays. Check first!
7- Be careful regarding the length of your pants.
Your pants shouldn’t be so long that they flap around your ankle when it’s windy outside. Conversely, they shouldn’t leave your ankle and shin bare (although there has been a bit of a trend to show a bit of ankle).
No break in you pants is fine too if you go with tapered slacks that end just before the top of your shoes.
8- If your pants have belt loops, consider wearing a belt.
Depending on your personal style and how you pair various pieces of your outfit together, naked belt loops can sometimes look quite sad.
Finish off your dress pants with a quality belt to pull your look together. For tips on belts, check out our section on the topic (further down the page).
Mens office wear: Ties
1- How long should your tie be?
Generally speaking, your standard tie should reach just past your belt buckle. Width, however, depends on your build, and on the lapels of your jacket. Thus, if your shoulders are lapels are wider, you’ll want a wider tie.
2- Should you wear a tie bar?
Tie bars (more on them in a bit) are classy and functional, but you could come off overdressed if you wear them too often. Stick to wearing them one to two times a week.
The colour will depend on the rest of your outfit. For example, if your pocket square or shirt has a design with red inside it, a red tie is a good idea.
4- Patterns are a good style choice.
Solid colour ties are fun and functional, but a patterned tie will set you out from the crowd.
Consider classic patterns like striped, plaid and checked; you can be stylish without totally breaking away from the crowd.
Men’s Office Wear: Cufflinks
1- How to wear cufflinks?
Shirts for cufflinks:
You can wear cufflinks with single cuff shirts, or with French cuffs, in which there are two holes per side atop each other rather than just one.
You often hear people ask the question – how to wear cufflinks with single cuff shirts (or without French cuffs)?
Well, there are a couple different ways you can fasten your cufflinks regardless of whether you are wearing a single cuff or French cuff shirt. One way to do this is to fold your cuffs so that inner section of each side touches each other and then fasten them with your cufflinks.
Another way is to fold your cuffs so they overlap (much like the button cuffs of a regular shirt), rather than simply touch; this will achieve a look that will show one edge pointing outward, rather than both.
2- How to wear cufflinks on a regular shirt?
Unfortunately, you can’t wear cufflinks with a regular shirt from your wardrobe (the ones with buttons on them). Your best bet is to pick up a single cuff shirt and use your cufflinks with that.
3- When to wear cufflinks.
Wearing cufflinks is an important part of dressing formally for work, but, like ties, you don’t have to wear them every day.
4- What types of cufflinks would you like?
You might not know it yet, but there are dozens of cufflink types available on the market. For example, there are whale tail cufflinks, in which there is a flat head, a straight piece, and a third piece that is placed flat against the post.
There are also chain link cufflinks; these have two heads, and the two of these are attached by a thin chain. This style of cufflink is more decorative.
As for locking dual-action cufflinks, these employ a mechanism for hinging, not unlike the metal strap of a watch.
5- What material would you like?
Although we think of them as being made out of silver or other metals (such as platinum), cufflinks can be made out of anything.
Stirling silver cufflinks are very popular.
Cufflinks can also be made out of carbon fibre, which is very durable; glass; gunmetal, a composite of tin, zinc and copper (which is glossy in style); and even mother of pearl.
Men’s Office wear: Tie Clips & Tie Bars
1- Watch out for width.
The width of a given tie bar will affect how good it looks, and what kinds of outfits it can be worn with. For example, usually, you’ll want the bar to extend either half or three quarters of the way across your tie.
However, if you’re looking for something that’s more vintage—which can be a good look for working in an office, if you know what you’re doing—then go choose a bar that extends across the entire width of your tie.
2- Tie Clip Placement: Where do you put the bar?
Usually, for a good professional look, you’ll want to place it in the space that extends from the middle of your sternum to the bottom of it. In the radius we mentioned, remember that lower positions will give you a classic look, while wearing it higher can have a tendency to give you a slimmer look.
Do note, however, that wearing your tie clip too high will just look plain silly – when unsure, place it somewhere between your third and fourth shirt buttons, just below your pectoral muscles.
3- Be careful with colour.
If you’re wearing an otherwise drab outfit, don’t be afraid to wear a tie bar with a pop of colour to it, as this can add to your personal style while still remaining within the parameters of business attire.
4- When should you wear a tie bar?
While they’re not always necessary for every tie, let alone every suit, tie bars do look great. They’re also convenient, in that they won’t let your tie get stuck in whatever food you happen to be eating. So don’t hesitate to wear one; it will help add some class to your outfit.
Men’s office wear: Socks
1- What length of socks?
Some socks go up to your knee, while others are ankle socks only. Both are good options, since you won’t be revealing your legs at work; however, keep in mind that knee socks might help keep you a little warmer, in colder months.
2- Choose socks that stay nice and clean.
We’ve all had bad experiences with socks, where they got dirty and run-down pretty quickly. A good way to get around this is to choose the right colours. You see, white socks tend to get that stained look quite easily, black socks – not so much.
3- Your socks should match (well – maybe).
Yes, there is a school of thought that suggests since you’re dealing with a formal office environment, there is no place to play games. If you choose to go this route, make sure that your socks match each other every day before work. Also, wear them both at the same length, for symmetry.
On the other hand, infusing your own personal style into your outfits is something we’re all for here at Dapperfied. If you have a black suit on, perhaps wearing socks in a different colour or an out there pattern can really make your outfit pop. Here, do what feels right.
4- Match your socks to your pants.
If you’re going to go with a straight laced look, ideally, your socks and your pants should be the same colour. This will help make your outfit look more uniform and streamlined, with the result that you’ll have a more professional look overall. If you go with patterned socks, make sure that the colour of your pants can be seen somewhere in the design of the socks.
Men’s office wear: Men’s Belts
1- How long is the belt?
Length of the belt is important in that longer belts will be a better fit for most men, whereas shorter belts might only be ideal for men with smaller waists.
2- What is the distance between the notches?
The distance between the notches for the buckle will have an effect on your comfort. Don’t forget that this distance is correlated with the size of a given pair of pants. For example, if you want a good fit, you can consider getting belts that are two or three sizes bigger than your actual pants, so that there’s more space in between the notches.
3- Do the buckles have a cap?
Sometimes, you’ll find that buckles have a cap on the other end to help move the belt properly into place. This can help make a belt look more elegant, but it’s not necessary. In addition, usually, you wear these kind of belts so that no extra space is left over. If you find that a belt is too long, you can cut off those sections you don’t need in order to attain the proper length.
4- What about the buckle?
Here is a simple tip: if a belt has a larger buckle, then it tends to create a less formal look. For example, dress belts have buckles that are both small and flat. In contrast, larger buckles, which also tend to have a round or circular shape, are correlated more often with casual styles of dress.
Men’s Handkerchiefs & Pocket squares: getting it right
1- Don’t match your pocket square/ handkerchief to your tie.
This looks needlessly tacky, so it’s a definite no-no. You’ll instantly look like you’re trying to show off, or like you’re trying (and failing) to be as fashionable as your coworkers.
2- But do coordinate your pocket squares with your accessories.
For example, if your tie is burgundy in colour, don’t be afraid to get a handkerchief that has burgundy inside (but not dominated by) its design.
3- Monotone handkerchiefs work well.
While there is a place for patterned pocket squares, plain ones will always look great. You can match them with any colour of tie. In particular, consider getting a white one; these are very versatile and useful.
4- Choose classic motifs.
As mentioned above, timeless motifs will always have a place in the workplace. For example, paisley, checks, and plaid are always good choices. These are good both in neutral colours, like black and gray, as well as in rich colours like bottle-green and burgundy.
Men’s Office style guide: Pens for your workplace
1- What shape of nib would you like?
There are three types of fountain pen nibs: italic, stub, and round. Round is the standard type of nib, and it will produce a line that’s mostly uniform. In contrast, italic nibs and stub nibs are used to create the flowing letters of calligraphy, though they’ll also hold up well to office-related purposes.
2- What grade of nib should you get?
Nibs come in different grades: broad (B), double broad (BB), medium (M), Fine (F) and extra fine (XF). Most nibs are either fine or extra fine; these are best suited to using at work, as they’re easier and more convenient to write with.
3- What about the cartridge?
The cartridge of a fountain pen is the part that holds ink. Smaller cartridges are not well-suited to office environments; you’ll have to keep changing them. You can can also get a converter instead of a cartridge; these are meant to fill up with ink on a regular basis.
4- What’s it like to write with the pen?
Many stationery and fountain pen stores will allow you to experiment with a given model before you purchase one. Use this process to find the perfect one for you.
5- Match the pen to your wardrobe.
Make sure the colours of the pen aren’t very different from the colours of your wardrobe. This will act as a subtle hint that you really know what you are doing with it comes to your workplace attire.
Men’s Wallets: Tips & ideas to help look stylish
1- Keep your wallet neat and organized at all times.
To make this a reality for your wallet, make sure you find one that has enough pockets to hold all your cards, bills, Band-Aids, and everything else. Clean it often to get rid of any sales bills you don’t need.
2- Keep your wallet properly stocked.
There are certain things you need in your wallet—certain things you simply can’t go without. Examples include your cards (credit, debit, driver’s, health insurance?, work identity card), cash, and your business card.
3- What kind of wallet would you like?
The billfold is the classic example of the perfect wallet for a man at work. These are slim, usually made out of leather or faux leather, and are usually either bi-fold or tri-fold in structure. You can use them in any context, not just the work context.
Another type of wallet is the sports wallet. These are made of synthetic fabrics, and they have brighter colours than other types, as well as zippers. This way, you can keep your things nice and safe. They may also be water-resistant.
You can also get a wallet that functions as a phone case. These can be as professional as billfolds, if you buy the right models. They’re convenient because you won’t have as much to carry, which both lightens your burden and makes it harder to lose your stuff.
Another option is the Metahl Wallet – one that I personally use. It truly is a fantastic wallet: functional and fashionable. I’ll be doing an indepth review of these wallets for you guys soon but you can check the products out here in the meantime.
4- Or would you prefer a money clip?
A money clip isn’t a wallet at all, but it serves a similar purpose. They’re metal clips that you use to clasp around money, so that the bills stay nice and tight together. A clip will also fit conveniently inside a jacket pocket.
5- Clean your wallet out regularly.
Doing so will help you prevent the accumulation of sales bills, other people’s business cards, and membership cards that you no longer use. You’ll get a clean, streamlined look at the same time, and your wallet will be slightly lighter.
Men’s office wear: Briefcases, satchels and bags
1- Find a bag that will fit with your different outfits.
For this, go with simpler colours, like black and brown. Gray bags, might be harder to match but can still work.
2- Choose comfort.
Bags and briefcases are comfortable when you can wear/carry them for a while without developing cramps or chafing. They should not feel too heavy when they’re full.
3- Cumbersome bags are out of the question.
Also make sure your bag isn’t too clunky or hard to maneuver. You’ll need to repeatedly swing it into your hand or on your shoulders.
4- Avoid extraneous designs.
Buckles are cool, but too many, and a bag becomes gaudy. The same can be said for zippers and other fasteners.
5- You should go for functionality over style. OR a happy medium.
Therefore, don’t choose bags that look good but are hard to maneuver, or which are sophisticated-looking but overly heavy.
6- Durability is another vital consideration.
Thus, if you’re always going to be taking your briefcase with you, everywhere you go, you’ll want to avoid those that will get easily stained.
7- Can it carry all your things?
A briefcase or bag should be large enough to hold your pens, papers, portfolios, folders, phone, and laptop. Any more, and they risk being heavy when full.
8- Take care of your bag.
Apply a fabric protector like Scotch Guard to your bag every once in a while and, if it’s leather, clean the leather every so often. You might also use a cleaner to prevent debris from accumulating.
Men’s Style: Glasses for the workplace
1- What shape should your glasses have?
A quick rule of thumb is that your glasses should add something to your appearance that your face doesn’t already have. For example, if your face is round, wear glasses to add some more angles, such as via rectangular frames. If your face is angular, then curved glasses are a good option.
2- Ensure that the colours are subdued.
Bright, vibrant colours may be out of place in a professional office environment. Instead, consider sticking to darker hues, like black and navy blue.
3- What size frames should you get?
In general, thinner frames will fit more closely around your face, whereas heavy frames will fit more loosely.
4- Make sure that the material is appropriate.
Of course the lenses will be made of glass, but you’ll want to pay attention to the material of the frames as well. Somer made of composites of plastic and nylon, while others are made with titanium and alloys thereof.
5- They shouldn’t be too noticeable.
Glasses that are too noticeable, funky, or groovy are at risk of coming off as gimmicky, and may not be very appropriate for a work environment. Instead, consider glasses that are bold without being overly gimmicky. For example, you might get bolder, thicker frames in an otherwise normal style.
If you’re looking, you can find some good glasses that may be appropriate for the workplace here.
Men’s office guide: men’s Watch tips
1- Match the watch to the rest of your accessories.
It’s ideal for your watch to match the rest of your jewelry; so, for example, a watch with a silver strap will look good with silver-colored cufflinks, necklaces, or non-wedding rings.
2- Keep an eye out for comfort.
Also make sure that the watch is a comfortable size for your wrist. If the watch feels like it’s too tight, or conversely too loose, it probably is. Furthermore, your ideal watch should not chafe against your skin when you’re wearing short sleeves.
3- Make sure that the width is just right.
It’s vital that you get a watch that isn’t too large, or too small. Such watches might match your personal style, but if they are a pain to wear – there’s no point. Also, subtlety at work is generally preferable.
4- Look out for long battery life.
Companies that make long-lasting, high-quality watches include Zenith, Fossil, and, on the more expensive end, TAG Heuer. It also goes without mentioning – you need to care for your watch to ensure it lasts you a long time – here are a few tips you can use if you end up purchasing a nice leather watch.
5- What functionalities does a given watch have?
Does it have a stopwatch and a timer function? Can you use it like a calculator? You should take features like these and others into account.
6- Would you like a waterproof watch?
Depending on where you live, a watch that’s waterproof or water-resistant might be a good choice to keep away the rain. If you are considering a nice ceramic watch, check this post out.
7- Don’t look for something that’s too gimmicky.
Avoid watches that come in bright, colourful tones, or those that are patterned with the characters of popular culture….for the office at least.
8- What colour is the watch?
As we’ve already said, getting a colour like pink or bright purple isn’t appropriate for a (traditional) professional environment. Instead, stick to dark colours, like navy blue, dark green, gray, and even white. When in doubt, go for a trusty black or brown strap watch with a gold or silver casing.
Men’s Shoes: style and colour tips for the office
1- What genre of shoe would you like?
Several formal types of men shoes are available on the market. For example, the derby shoe resembles the classic oxford, although its stitching lies above the vamp.
Similar to both of these types are monk strap shoes, which have a strap instead of an opening for the eyelet.
Loafers, which resemble moccasins, are great for every type of professional work environment.
2- Or would you prefer boots instead?
For winter and autumn days, boots can be a good option, instead of shoes. Dress boots are standard and classy. Another type of boot is the Chelsea boot, which is easier to put on and take off than other kinds of dress boots.
Finally, there are also chukkas; these are ankle-length boots with a snug fit, allowing you to wear them without changing the silhouette of your lower legs.
3- Are you looking for shoelaces?
Some shoes have laces, of course; these can help make a given pair of shoes look more classy, but remember that it can take you more time to put on in the morning. This can be a problem if you struggle with being late to work.
Some shoes, like the plain toe, are simple; there is nothing on the vamp, allowing for a minimalistic look.
4- What about the toe?
Plain toe shoes offered unadorned toes, with no seams or anything of the sort. In contrast are cap-toe shoes, which feature a line that’s been stitched horizontally over the vamps. Examples include shoes like oxfords.
Also possible is the apron toe, or the split toe; here, the seam starts around the middle of the shoe, near the toes, and ends once again in the middle, but on the other side.
Medallion toes are plain toes with brogue designs, while wingtips feature a winged cap whose peak can be seen in the middle of the toe area.
5- What about a brogue design?
Although we call oxfords with a brogue design “brogues,” any kind of formal shoe can feature this design. Wingtip shoes usually are fully brogued; however, these might be a little too dressy.
Instead, you can go for longwing brogues and semi-brogues, in which the broguing doesn’t extend across the whole shoe.
6- Watch out for comfort.
The ideal shoe should cradle your foot in such a way that it doesn’t cramp up once it’s been adjusted to your specific gait and step. At the front of the shoe, it shouldn’t feel like your toes are being pinched, and your heel should have enough support at the back so that you feel proper shock absorption.
7- What colour of shoe should you get? Consider contrast.
Color is an important consideration when you need to purchase a work shoe. Remember, because you’re looking for formal wear, most shoes will be either black, brown, or gray.
The specific shade you choose will depend, naturally, on the rest of your outfit. If you’re wearing dark clothes, you might wear a pale brown or gray shoe to create some contrast.
Alternately, pale clothes can be contrasted with dark shoes.
8- Instead of full contrast, you can consider matching shoes and some clothing.
By this we mean you can match dark shoes with dark clothes, and light clothes with light shoes. In either case, make sure that there’s still some form of contrast to break up the monotony; this contrast can be made by your bag or your tie, for example.
Obviously, after you make your purchase – you will want to make sure you take care of your shoes so they last longer. Here are some tips to help you out with that.
Men’s office wear: Suits
1- First, you’ll need the essentials.
A charcoal-gray suit can fit into any kind of work situation. In daytime, it looks good with a blue shirt; and at night, you can wear a white shirt instead.
It’s also compatible with brown and black shoes. Also perfect: a black suit, and a navy suit. Black suits are for formal work events, and navy suits are ideal for everyday wear.
2- But feel free to consider patterns.
Plaid, herringbone, and houndstooth are great choices for suit patterns, and pinstripes will always be classy. You can’t go wrong with them.
3- Buttons are a fun way of expressing your style.
Instead of standard buttons, choose those made from a fun material, like mother of pearl, or those with interesting shapes, like squares, instead of circles.
4- Choose a suit with the right price.
Your basic work suit can cost a pretty penny but you can wear this for a few years. Keep in mind quality is incredibly important when it comes to suits.
You can find some good quality suits here at decent prices.
5- But don’t spend too much.
If you’re paying more than 3500$ for a suit, that may be a bit much for one that you wear for work (unless your role demands it).
6- Choose bespoke.
Bespoke (tailored) suits are always a great option; their fitted form will show off your strong points, and obfuscate your weak ones.
Pants should rest on top of your shoelaces, and there should be half an inch of shirt cuffs showing below your jacket.
7- Watch out for your shoulders.
If you buy a suit with the intention of tailoring it afterward, make sure that the shoulders fit properly; if they don’t, it can be difficult to fix them.
8- Consider Buying your shirts and ties together.
That way, you can ensure that they match each other, and complement your jacket.
9- Do choose the right shirts, however.
White or powder blue are good choices for your shirts, and avoid those with fabric flapping underneath the armpits or around your waist. These non-fitted shirts can look rather unprofessional.
10- Match your accessories as well.
Cufflinks, lapel pins, and tie bars should complement each other, and not draw attention away from your suit.
Men’s style: The importance of fit
Fit is important for a number of reasons. First of all, if clothes and accessories fit well on you, you’ll look good. That might sound obvious, but it’s true; people look better when their clothes fit nicely on them. This is because a good fit will emphasize your strong features, like broad shoulders, and muscular legs, and will work to hide your bad features, like your little potbelly (if you have one).
Second, fit is important because it improves the impression others have of you. Do you remember the last time you saw, say, a man wearing a suit that didn’t fit him properly? You might have felt bad for him for not being able to buy a suit that fit him better.
In other words, you were aware of the fact that his suit didn’t fit properly. And that’s exactly what happens to you when your clothes don’t fit well—people realize that the fit isn’t good, and they dismiss you. And believe me: people will take notice of your ill-fitting clothes.
Third, fit is important because it’s usually tied to comfort. If something doesn’t fit properly, you can bet your bottom dollar that it won’t feel nice against your skin, either.
Because of the way clothes, accessories and jewellery are designed, those that are uncomfortable or don’t fit right will look the part.
Men’s style: Colours and their significance
What do specific colours mean, when it comes to men’s fashion? Well, red is correlated with energy, passion, and being extroverted. It is linked to making the most out of life.
Moving through the rainbow, orange is linked to social relations and interpersonal relationships, so it’s a good choice if you want to make friends with the others in your office.
Yellow clothing has been linked to concentration and focus, while green clothes convey affluence, influence, and a good work-life balance.
Lighter blue clothes are related to peace, and are refreshing, while darker blue clothes are linked to authority and loyalty.
As for purple, garments in this colour were historically associated with royalty, and today they’ve been linked to creativity, inventiveness, and imagination.
Black clothes—which mix well with every other colour—have a link to authority, and white clothes indicate precision and a sense of simplicity.
What to wear if you work in a semi-formal work environment
1- A suit is the base piece.
First of all, a dark, high-quality, three-piece suit is always a good choice. You don’t necessarily need to wear a tie, though.
2- Glam up your suit.
Next, wear your suit with matching shoes and belt, and wear dark, plain socks. Top all of this off with a watch; you want a minimalistic look, where jewellery is concerned. You can wear a pocket square if you, like though.
3- Avoid casual clothing.
Another tenet of semi-formal attire is that you shouldn’t be under-dressed. To avoid this, stay away from polo shirts, khakis, and especially jeans. This style is still formal, after all. Also stay away from sports coats, which are far too casual.
4- Wear lighter colours during the daytime.
Furthermore, your attire will depend on what time of day it is. During the daytime, wear dark trousers with light blazers and a shirt; the shirt can be of solid hue, or it can have a pattern.
You can also wear lighter shades, such as suits that are beige or tan.
5- And at night, darker colours will serve you well.
Now, when it’s night-time, you’ll naturally want to shift to darker clothes. Choose a darker suit jacket or blazer, and combine it with a shirt that’s lighter in colour.
6- Wear a suit, not a tuxedo.
You especially don’t need to wear a tuxedo; these are too formal for semi-formal attire.
7- Blazers are also a good choice.
Lighter colours of blazers are appropriate for warmer weather. Similarly, darker colours are better for winter and the other cold months.
8- Leather shoes are perfect.
Leather shoes can be formal and semi-formal at the same time, making them perfect for every kind of work-related opportunity.
9- Ties are a great way to show off your style.
For a statement piece, you can wear a colourful or patterned tie.
10- Wear dark suits with shirts in lighter shades.
These go well together, and will help prevent you from looking like a creepy, old-fashioned spy.
11- If in doubt, choose items which are more formal.
If you’re hesitating between two items, then you should go with the one that’s more formal. This will help prevent you from being under-dressed.
12- Go light on the accessories.
Watches and pocket squares are fine. However, be wary when it comes to pieces like bracelets or necklaces; you don’t want to appear gaudy.
13- If you need to tone down your look, simply take off your tie.
You will look almost as professional as you did before, so it’s an easy way of feeling less hot.
14- But keep your suit jacket on.
Semi-formal outfits will always look better when they’re worn with a jacket.
15- Dress shoes with laces are another good option.
Don’t be afraid to wear laced shoes; these look formal and fashionable at the same time.
Men: How to Dress for Casual Friday
1- Don’t wear anything that’s too tight.
Avoid super tight jeans (whether skinny or otherwise), as well as shirts that are a little too snug. You want to be casual, not suffocated.
2- Don’t expose your skin.
You can avoid this effect by keeping your necklines nice and high. And (this goes without saying) please avoid transparent fabric.
3- Statement pieces go a long way…
You can wear colourful shoes, a tie with a funky pattern, or even a printed shirt.
4- …but don’t go too far.
If you have more than one piece with such a style, or if the item with the design is too bold, your coworkers will take notice of you—and not in a good way.
5- Avoid overt displays of clothing brand logos.
Even though it’s Casual Friday, heavy branding is not appropriate for a workplace environment…and by heavy I mean boisterous display of branded logos on your shirt, pants, shoes, belt etc TOGETHER. That’s the keyword there.
6- But subtle branding can be a joy.
Premium items with subtle, imperceptible branding can make a sophisticated statement piece.
7- Unique texture and prints are a fun idea.
Again, apply the rule of statement pieces to such items: they shouldn’t dominate your whole outfit. But they will look good in controlled amounts, so feel free to make the most of them.
8- You can “dress down” your accessories.
Casual Fridays are a great time to try out the more relaxed watch you’ve been dying to wear, so don’t hesitate break out that canvas-strapped timepiece.
Also, you can consider wearing glasses with vibrant frames, rather than plain gray metal. You can swap your briefcase for a messenger bag, too.
10- Ask questions.
If you’ve been struggling over the acceptability of a specific piece, your coworkers will be able to point you in the right direction.
11- Don’t be a style thief.
Don’t buy pieces in the same unique styles as your coworkers; you will just look bad.
12- If everyone participates, you should too.
This is a way of feeling less socially awkward, as well as integrating better with the office culture at work.
Men: How to Dress for a meeting
1- Make sure every part of you looks great.
Your whole style contributes to the impression others, and particularly possibly judgmental coworkers, have of you, so make sure every bit of it looks great. Clean and comb your hair; trim your beard; go for broke with cufflinks and a tie.
2- Shine your shoes beforehand.
Shining your shoes will make them look as good as new, and that’s definitely something you can be proud of. The shine will help you look elegant, which in turn will help you look more well-groomed.
3- Remember why you’re having the meeting.
Whether you’re meeting with a client or catching up on new policies with your coworkers, a meeting is always a time to look your best. Dress for your audience.
4- Don’t wear anything too funky.
Doing so can give others a negative impression of you; they might assume that you’re showing off.
5- Dress appropriately for the weather.
Doing so will keep you looking professional while fending off the elements at the same time.
6- Do you know the other people?
If you know them, you probably have an idea of how they dress. If so and it’s appropriate – adjust your style accordingly.
7- But remember: don’t be underdressed.
If you’re underdressed, you lose your style power. Don’t lose your style power.
8- Similarly: no jeans.
Staying away from denim is probably safer, unless you’re intimately acquainted with the others in the meeting. You don’t want them looking down on you for dressing too casually.
9- Wear accessories for stylistic effect.
If you’re wearing a tie, an elegant tie bar goes a long way. If not, then pocket squares are where it’s at. And don’t forget: there’s nothing quite like a nice watch to spruce up your outfit.
10- Who else will be in the meeting?
There might be out-of-towners involved in the meeting, if, say, you’re giving a presentation to your partners from another jurisdiction. Educate yourself on what clothing styles are considered no-nos, and avoid them accordingly.
If instead you’re the one giving the presentation in another place, make sure your outfit is consistent with the dress style of everyone else.
Men’s Jewellery at the workplace: what’s acceptable
Jewellery is beautiful. To be honest, sometimes it’s a bit of a pity that men don’t wear jewelry more often. Unfortunately, this belief of “jewellery is for women” is worsened in many office environments, where male employees are looked down on for the metallic accouterments they choose to wear.
Thus, in order to avoid the negative opinions of your coworkers, you’ll want to keep your jewellery-based proclivities to a minimum. First of all, know what you can still wear. You can still wear your engagement and wedding rings.
You can also wear cufflinks, tie bars and accents, watches, and lapel pins. Many workplaces also allow men to wear bracelets, ethnic jewellery, and even earrings.
Furthermore, avoid pieces that are too flashy, gaudy, or colourful. Also avoid those that are large, clunky, or overly heavy, since these are impractical in addition to their gaudiness.
Moreover, avoid jewellery made out of leather and precious stones, since these could look ostentatious and tacky. Finally, avoid piercings that aren’t on your ears, such as on your nose or eyebrows.
Office dressing for summer: Men’s summer office wear
1- Choose tailored outfits.
Tailored and bespoke pieces are great for summer, when more people are turning an eye toward fashion.
2- Light shoes are well-suited to summer.
Instead of heavy leather brogues or oxfords, go for lighter shoes made of thinner, more flexible materials that allow for more freedom of movement.
3- Similarly, lighter clothes are a great choice.
In summer, wear lighter fabrics. These are ideal for the warmer temperatures of the season. Ideal summertime fabrics include seersucker, cotton (whether poplin or twill), and linen.
4- Polo shirts are your friend.
These shirts still somehow appear casual while remaining formal, and they’re light enough to be a good fit for summer.
5- Choose the right sunglasses.
Sunglasses can be a sharp, stylish way of protecting your eyes. Choose styles that are classic and timeless, rather than trendy.
6- Fitted polos are a great choice.
These remain formal while still being easy to wear, and they’re always fashionable to boot.
7- Aim for breathability.
It is preferable to choose garments that enable the circulation of air. You’ll feel relaxed and refreshed, rather than hot and stuffy.
8- You can go for the full-body looks.
Full-body looks—where your legs and arms are all covered up—can effectively protect you from the summer sun. Don’t be afraid of them; if your clothes are breathable enough, you won’t feel hot.
9- Synthetic fabrics? Never fear.
These are comfortable, well-aerated, and don’t retain moisture. You can definitely be stylish without being organic.
Office dressing for winter: Men’s winter office wear
1- Layering is your friend.
Layer your outfits—with sweaters, vests, gilets, shirts, and everything else—to create warmth while retaining style and expanding your potential number of outfits.
2- Wear the right fabrics.
The proper fabrics will keep you warm, protect you from the wind, and help you look great. Invest in leather, cotton, and wool.
3- Accessories, accessories, accessories.
In winter, you can’t go wrong with a classic scarf. You can also wear knit caps, thick gloves, and solid, sturdy winter boots.
4- Choose the right coat.
Make sure you have a coat in a neutral colour—gray, khaki, or navy, for example—as your base coat, and then you can have another one in a more extravagant colour.
5- Windbreakers are a no-no.
Don’t rely on a simple windbreaker to keep you warm, because they can’t. They’re also not all that well-suited to an office environment.
6- When it comes to coats, don’t invest in trends.
You only need two or three winter coats at most, and you’ll use them for several years. Thus, trendy coats aren’t worth the hassle.
7- What type of coat should you get?
Options on the market include the pea coat (with a broad collar and shoulders, plus a thin waist); the trench coat; and the overcoat (which are nice and thick).
8- Don’t rely on your trusty shoes.
You’re going to need a specific pair of boots or shoes for the winter; otherwise, you risk ruining your classic leather loafers.
9- Your shoes or boots need traction.
That way, you won’t slip or fall while walking over frozen ground. You’ll walk more quickly, too.
10- Waterproof-ness is preferred.
Whether you’re referring to shoes, boots, or coats, waterproof models are preferred for winter weather. You never know when you’re going to run into snow or slush (or freezing rain).
Men’s Office dressing in the rainy season: What to wear on a rainy day
1- For footwear, boots are a good choice.
Boots are specially designed for harsher weather, so they’re a good choice for winter and autumn.
2- Also consider wellingtons.
Wellingtons are professional in many office environments, and are a great way of keeping your feet dry.
3- Choose a high-quality umbrella.
Premium umbrellas look great and work even better. You won’t dump this one in the trash at the end of the day.
4- Consider a gilet.
These vest-like garments, when worn between your suit jacket and your coat, will keep your shirt and tie nice and dry.
5- A longer jacket is great for rainy weather.
You can wear a trench coat or a mac; they will keep you dry, and have great tailoring.
6- Make sure your coat covers your suit jacket.
Jackets that stick out from underneath look unprofessional.
7- Watch out for coat material.
Wool is a good choice for days with a little bit of rain, although it will smell when it gets too wet. Waterproof and synthetic materials are a good choice for other, rainier days.
8- Patterns can be a good choice.
Burberry and pinstriped coats will always be classic and timeless.
9- Branding is an important consideration.
Premium brands include Stutterheim, Burton, ASOS, and Mango Man.
10- Prioritize shoes with rubber soles.
These will hold up in the wet season, and they have more traction than their non-rubber counterparts.
Understanding business formal attire for men
As indicated by the name, business formal dress code is a style of formalwear that’s well-suited to regularly working in an office environment. It’s not difficult to achieve this look; standard business formal attire, for men, is a matching suit, complete with a jacket, a button-up shirt and pants.
They need to match each other to match this style form, so make sure you buy your three-piece suit all at once. The shirt should match your tie; however, feel free to wear ties with bold prints or colorful shades.
Make sure your clothes are properly ironed; they must be crisp and clean-looking. Leather shoes are ideal; however, clean and polish them on the regular, so that they always look sharp and up-to-date. Choose cologne that doesn’t have a strong odor, and put it on sparingly.
For accessories, don’t underestimate the importance of a good tie bar or set of cufflinks; these will make your outfit look both formal and fashionable.
Choose accessories made of premium metals, like silver or platinum; they should match each other, in terms of size and style.
Finally, when it comes to bags, satchels, and briefcases, high-quality leather items, without fancy bells and whistles like unnecessary straps and buckles, are always a good choice.
Understanding business casual attire for men
What constitutes “business casual” dress code has long been a source of confusion (and despair). Fortunately, we’re here to help you understand the concept of it! The main idea is that you can work in comfort and style, but all the while with a high sense of professionalism.
For example, one of the main tenets of business casual is that your clothes should fit you properly. This is the golden rule of sorts. Make sure your jackets, blazers, shirts, suits, and pants are fitted, and you’ll instantly look great.
To understand business casual attire, you’ll also need to have an idea of the basics. These fundamental pieces include blazers, which are great for every temperature; chinos; polo shirts; loafers; and knit sweaters. Jeans are permitted, as long as they are not too casual-looking; they should be slim, so that they mold well to the shape and muscles of your leg, but not skinny.
Finally, the last important facet of business casual attire is that you should wear clothes which work well together. Make sure that the shades are complementary, and that you’re not only wearing one colour. Ensure that your accessories fit well together—that they’re of a similar style and colour—and never wear the same outfit twice in a row.
Men’s Perfume/Cologne etiquette
Perfume and cologne can be a great idea for work. These substances smell nice, often in a subtler way, and they serve the function of differentiating your style while still ensuring that said style remains appropriate for a work environment. However, with the wearing of fragrances, there comes a whole set of rules—a whole new form of etiquette, if you will.
First and foremost, you will have to not wear too much perfume. The smells can get overpowering quickly. This is very annoying, and it will mark you as being not “that employee who smells nice all the time,” but rather “that employee who swims in perfume before he goes to work.”
Moreover, there are many people who have insensitivity to stronger fragrances; this is known as perfume intolerance. Thus, if you wear perfume when you’re with them, you’re not only annoying them; you’re also potentially provoking an allergic reaction.
Similar to that first rule is another one: don’t re-apply your perfume. It doesn’t matter if six hours have passed and you can’t smell it anymore. The reason you can’t smell your perfume is because, after a while, your nose will get used to it. Chances are, your coworkers can still smell your perfume—and they can still judge you for it, so please refrain from applying once again.
Thirdly and finally, look into any office policies before you begin wearing perfume, cologne or another fragrance. Many offices forbid the practice so as not to trigger allergic reactions. After all, you don’t want to make a faux pas—and be told off by your boss for simply trying to exercise your style.
What to wear on your first day at work: Men’s outfit ideas
1- Do some research.
What do the employees wear during a typical work day? You can ask your hiring manager. If in doubt, go for overdressed, rather than underdressed.
2- Don’t wear anything too trendy.
Instead, go for something basic and timeless, like a suit jacket or a dress shirt in neutral tones.
3- Similarly, avoid flashy pieces.
Flashy, gaudy pieces—whether they’re ties or small accessories like belt buckles or cufflinks—will not be a good way of expressing your individuality on your first day.
4- Choose classic shoes.
Classic leather shoes, in black or dark brown, will be a great fit for your first work day.
5- Make sure you’re presentable.
Clean and groom yourself, and iron your clothes. Now, you look great.
6- Don’t forget about accessories.
You shouldn’t go overboard, but there’s no question that a simple tie bar or set of cufflinks will be very stylish.
7- Don’t sweat too much.
If you find yourself stressing, remind yourself that you’re already gainfully employed. You don’t need to panic.
8- Neutrals are always a good option.
Neutral colours—grays, blacks, browns—are plain enough to be inoffensive, but it’s also easy to find stylish clothes and footwear with these tones.
9- Seek clothes with an excellent fit.
These will help shape and structure your figure, with the result being that you’ll look great.
10- Plan your outfit beforehand.
There’s nothing like waking up for the first day of a new job and discovering you have nothing good to wear. Avoid this catastrophe by planning beforehand.
Check out our Style Inspiration section for some great style ideas.
How to dress like a leader: Style tips for men
1- Don’t wear jeans.
Although they can look semi-professional in some work settings, you should avoid jeans in the workplace if you want your outfit to say “leader”. Obviously, this depends on your workplace, culture and what’s considered acceptable.
2- Ignore trendy fashions.
Wearing trending styles could make you look dated, and like you have to follow what others do.
3- Have a well-developed wardrobe.
Wear all kinds of clothing. Wear clothes in a variety of cuts, colours, and styles.
4- Wear suits often.
Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother knew what he was doing when he expounded on the virtues of suits. Suits always look great, so don’t neglect them.
5- Wear a variety of colours.
Pale blue, pale pink, bottle green, burgundy, sky blue…. There are so many colours you can wear other than neutrals.
6- Wear tailored, bespoke clothes.
Tailored clothes always look great, since they’re molded to your specific form.
7- Wear a variety of clothing styles.
Don’t just stick to suits. Also wear polos, dress shirts and dress pants. Shoes are versatile, too: you can wear oxfords, brogues, Chelsea boots…. The list goes on.
8- Be intimately familiar with the dress code.
You can’t make a mistake if you know the dress code, so follow it closely.
9- Wear clothes that are appropriate for work…
If you don’t wear work-appropriate clothes, others will take note—and not in a good way.
10- …but assert your style and originality, too.
Assert your style with fun colours, interesting materials, and intricate detailing.
11- Don’t neglect accessories.
Tie bars, cufflinks, watches, and lapel pins will help improve and differentiate your style.
12- Always have a great bag or satchel.
A satchel or bag is a way of holding your stuff while remaining stylish and fashionable.
13- Don’t let what other people say get to you.
People might judge you for your fashionable clothes, but ignore them. They’re not being nice, and you don’t have to pay attention to them.
14- Act like these clothes are an extension of you.
Be comfortable with your clothes, and know how they look on you. This will make you look like you really fit the clothes; like you’re always in control.
15- Have good posture.
Posture will always make your clothes look good—and, by extension, make you look good.
Workplace Hairstyles, mustache and beard Tips
1- Keep your beard properly trimmed.
Get it trimmed when you go to the barber. Also, at home, you can trim the parts that stick out with a good pair of scissors. or try this electric trimmer – it does a great job.
2- Apply cleaning products to your beard.
These will keep your beard nice and smooth, and prevent grease from building up.
3- Comb your hair regularly.
Just because you have short hair, doesn’t mean you don’t need to comb it. Run a brush or comb through it once or twice a day.
4- Trim it regularly as well.
Doing so will prevent it from getting out of control.
5- For a close cut, go for a straight razor.
These tools will efficiently give you a great, close shave.
6- Shaving brushes are helpful as well.
These will help you when you need to apply cream, and will prevent painful razor burn.
7- If you want to shape your beard, shears and nail trimmers are ideal tools.
These can help you sculpt and arrange your beard so that you achieve the specific shape you’re looking for.
8- Wash your hair and beard at the same time.
This will ensure optimal results for both. And don’t forget the beard soap.
9- Before shaving, apply a hot towel to your face.
This will help open up your pores and get your face ready for the shave.
10- Make sure your stubble isn’t showing.
Either go for a beard, or no beard; stubble and five o’clock shadow will not be appropriate for work.
11- Take your time when shaving.
You don’t want to end up with any cuts or nicks.
12- Go easy on the wacky mustache styles.
Handlebars are fun, but usually not well-suited for work. Instead, go for a smooth, trim cut.
Men’s Grooming at the workplace: Cleanliness and grooming tips
1- Take a shower every day.
Taking showers will keep your skin looking nice and refreshed, and will hydrate your whole body. Also—and this goes without saying—it will help eliminate any stink that you might have accumulated throughout the day.
2- Make sure your hands are always clean.
You probably already always wash your hands after you’ve used the bathroom, and that in itself is excellent. However, wash your hands as soon as you come to work, whether after your daily commute or when you’re returning from a lunch break.
You should do this because dust and grime can accumulate easily on your hands, which you use all the time.
3- Keep your hair and beard nicely cleaned.
We’ve already spoken about beards and hairstyles, but the point bears repeating: make sure they’re always clean. Dirty hair looks oily and unappetizing; people will be able to see the slick texture.
4- Always use deodorant…
Deodorant is important—so important, in fact, that this pointer bears repeating, even though you probably already use deodorant every day. Also, if you’re working for more than eight hours at a time, be sure to apply some more—even if the package says it lasts for 24 hours. You can never be too sure.
5- …but stay away from perfumed deodorant.
Instead of scented deodorant, you can use cologne or another fragrance. Perfumed deodorant is just tacky.
6- Shave carefully.
When you’re shaving, it’s important that you cover every last bit of stubble. Don’t leave any patches hanging; this just serves to make you look unprofessional.Get rid of your stubble and your five-o’clock shadow; you will look more professional—and, not to mention, younger—without it.
7- Make sure your shirts are always tucked in.
This sounds super-obvious (and, to a large degree, it is), but tucked-in shirts contribute to the impression of professionality. So, don’t neglect it.
8- Curve your hair around your ears.
Doing so will create an arch shape that looks smooth and natural. Use a bit of gel or product if you need to.
9- Shave your neck.
Clean up the hairs on the back of your neck with trimmers to create a clean look.
10- Keep an eye on ear hair.
Trim your ear hair with a trimmer; this takes less than a minute.
11- Clean out your nose.
The same can be said here as with your ears, so don’t neglect it.
12- Watch out for your eyebrows.
You’re always using your eyebrows to express emotions, so care for them with regular trimmings.
What to wear to an interview: Job interview attire.
1- Choose a suit, not a sport jacket or blazer.
These aren’t professional enough for an interview, and might not give your employer the right impression.
2- Choose a single-breasted suit.
These are both safer and more up-to-date, and, as timeless pieces, they always look good.
3- Choose a solid suit.
A solid suit—and not a pinstripe or other pattern—can be great for an interview, whether it’s gray or navy blue.
4- Avoid suits in other colours.
Black suits may be too formal, and colorful ones are inappropriate job interview attire.
5- Cotton’s a good choice for the jacket.
Cotton suits always look good, and they’re easily versatile and adaptable.
6- Wear a white shirt.
On account of their neutral tone, white shirts look good with most suit jackets.
7- Clean yourself up nicely.
Iron your clothes, wash your hair, and trim your beard. You want to look your best.
8- Wear the right tie.
A solid tie works well, as do patterns with classic stripes or small dots. Avoid those that are overly “funky.”
9- Don’t neglect shoes.
Plain shoes in black or brown leather are your best choice. Avoid styles with buckles and straps.
10- Shine your shoes, too.
This will invariably make you look more professional.
There you have it! Now you know what to wear to an interview. You can pick up some really good interview attire here.
After-work drinks etiquette
1- Buy the opening round…
This will help endear your coworkers to you, and help cement your growing friendships.
2- …but only if you’re going out with those people again.
If those employees work in another department or building, it might not be worth it. Just joking, it’s ALWAYS worth it.
3- Drink at the same speed as everyone else.
Doing so will help you fit in with the group.
4- Don’t get tipsy or, worse, drunk.
This will just make you look bad in front of your new coworkers.
5- Get drinks and food at the same price points as everyone else.
You won’t stick out this way, and no one will think you’re overly extravagant (or stingy).
6- But do pace yourself.
You don’t want to start feeling dizzy or light-headed, after all.
7- Be on your best behavior.
You can relax a little, but don’t get too comfortable. You’re not spending the night with your friends.
8- Feel free to choose a non-alcoholic drink.
These are equally tasty, and no one will judge you for your tastes. Plus, they’re often cheaper.
9- Use your brain before you open your mouth.
Of course, this rule always applies—but it’s especially important if you’re going for happy hour with your coworkers.
10- Be a good conversationalist.
Remember, these aren’t just your coworkers; they might someday be your friends. Listen to them attentively, and respond in kind.
Dressing well at the office: always a good idea
Remember, what all of this guide comes down to is this: if you want to look good at the office, then you have to make those opportunities for yourself. Choose the right clothes and accessories; keep yourself nicely groomed; and wash, iron, dry-clean, and polish your pieces often.
Wear your clothes properly, with all the right posture, so that they seem like an extension of your own sel and not just clothes that you threw on… By following all of these tips (and working hard) you will be well on your way to making a serious impression at work.
I hope this office style guide is of immense help to you…Go forth, be an ace at work and stay stylish!
P.S. If you have any ideas to add or anything on your mind you would like to voice, please leave a comment below! 🙂