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THE MODERN OFFICE

Get the Look: your how-to guide

19.08.2014

WILLIAM OLIVER

M&S.com menswear editor

Work-appropriate
no longer simply means grey suits, white shirts and black shoes. With the rise of dot-com start-ups, the
creative industries and
flexible freelancing comes a
whole new set of dress codes.
Discover how to get your look
spot on, whatever the brief

THE CREATIVE SPACE

Treading a line between formal and relaxed is often
necessary in today’s creative workplace. It needn’t be
difficult to navigate, though – simply mix easy basics
with soft tailoring for an effortless look

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WARDROBE SWITCH

Update a classic grey suit with a bold blue polo neck
for a considered alternative to a classic shirt

GRAB & GO

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NEW UNIFORM

Adding a white T-shirt and simple
canvas pumps to a navy suit is a
smart-but-cool look that will work
in almost any situation

COLOUR POP

M&S Collection polo shirt
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EASY & EFFORTLESS

A downtime outfit can be upgraded
easily with a refined blazer

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THE LAID-BACK WORKPLACE

In some offices, suits just aren’t the done thing – but casual doesn’t
have to mean scruffy. Invest in refined basics to showcase your personal style while still looking like you mean business

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INVESTMENT POTENTIAL

A versatile jacket like this grey Harrington
is a solid investment piece that will
work from spring to autumn

SUBTLE HIGHLIGHTS

Layering a white
T-shirt under a dark
knit is an easy way to
add a thought-out feel
to your outfit. It also
works well as a styling
trick to neaten up a
loose neckline

CLASSIC PALETTE

Monochrome dressing will give a relaxed look some
impact. Add personality with brown leather shoes

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SMART SUMMER STYLE

Getting your look right when the weather’s hot and
sticky can be tough, especially if you need to maintain
a level of formality. Opt for separates, looser cuts and
linen for a refined warm-weather wardrobe

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LIGHTEN UP

Moving away from dark
tones immediately feels
more summer-appropriate.
Soft shades are also great
for reflecting the sun and
keeping you cool

Photography: John-Paul Pietrus / Styling: Gianluca Longo / Grooming: Amiee Hershan at Stella Creative / Models: John Halls at Next, Hugo Woddis at Supa

PLAY THE BLUES

Layer up different shades of
blue for a sophisticated take
on more informal separates

ADD VOLUME

Summer is a great time to play with proportions
and fit – looser-cut trousers and jackets can
help you stay relaxed in the heat

LOOK COOL

M&S Collection retro sunglasses
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STEP OUT

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