Hacking my work wardrobe
June 2, 2010 1:31 PM Subscribe
Is it okay to construct a professional wardrobe from minor variations of the exact same outfit every day? I'm thinking same kind of white shirt and jeans daily, varying only my jacket.
posted by eduke to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The Full Story: I'm a male professional in my early thirties, working in a casual office. Most guys wear jeans or khakis and a button down shirt. Some wear sportscoats, some of the time. Very few wear ties, although they're known to make an appearance. Even our bosses dress down; mostly in casual pants and button downs. One boss wears a suit and tie, but he's the exception.
The point of this --and part of my problem-- is that I can get away with wearing just about anything, as long as the shirt has a collar, and nothing is ripped or dirty.
But now I'm climbing the ladder into a new position of some importance, and I want to convey a more put-together (and even, if possible, slightly fashionable) image.
I've read a lot about office fashion, and know what's appropriate and what isn't. But I'm hamstrung by a lack of cash for new clothes, and, if I'm honest, a lack of interest. Furthermore, having to match the right colored shirt to the right colored pants every day freaks me out -- nine times out of ten, I'll dress down rather than go through the stress of figuring out how the nice stuff in my closet would go best together.
So my tentative solution to this problem is as follows: I want to buy five or six copies of the exact same crisp white button down shirt. I have one of these now, and look nice in it. I will wear one of these shirts every day with a nice pair of jeans -- I already have several, in different shades, all of which are in good shape, not tattered or worn. And I will top this all off with a sport coat. I already own about ten different jackets in different weights, fabrics and colors (part of an earlier effort to get my wardrobe together).
I feel like not having to think about the pants and shirt part of the equation will make my mornings much easier -- and by wearing a cool jacket, I can class things up.
At the same time, I don't want to be the "jeans and white shirt" guy. The idea here is to improve my image, not to become a caricature.
So -- will people notice, or think it's weird, if I always wear the same shirt and jeans? Will I come off as put-together, or just lazy?