Sometimes it can be hard to know what to wear for certain occasions, and with the vague dress codes that come along with invites, you may have a habit of just playing it safe. Following a dress code doesn’t mean you have to slack on style though, as there are many great ways to stay on trend whilst being dressed appropriately, whatever you may be doing.

Casual

Your off duty look can truly define your style, as it gives you a real freedom to express yourself through your clothing choices. A weekend wardrobe staple is a great pair of jeans, that will see you through all matter of events. Whether you’re running errands or meeting up with friends, you’ll want a comfortable pair of trainers that can pull together any outfit, making them a stylish yet practical choice for your weekend wear. Build a collection of good quality t-shirts too, and you’ll never be stuck for choice.

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Smart Casual

Trying to strike the perfect combination of smart and casual can be a tricky, but once you’ve got the basics down, it’s easy to build an outfit with elements taken from your work and weekend wear. Polo shirt’s are a great smart casual choice, and a true wardrobe staple for any stylish modern man. Wear with a good quality pair of jeans, coming in a darker hue as they’re a great option for dressing up and down. Play it safe with footwear too, and try to steer clear from trainers, opting for a pair of sleek boots to complete the look.

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Business Casual

It’s often difficult to know what to wear when the dresscode states business casual, especially when starting a new job. It’s always better to look overdressed to remain professional, but you also want to make sure that you’re comfortable when doing so. A combination of a shirt and a pair of smart trousers, such as tailored chinos is the best way to go. Add your own stylish element by layering up with a light cotton jumper, and you’ll certainly be dressed to impress.

SHOP: John Smedley Navy Jumper/Polo Ralph Lauren White Shirt/Hugo Boss Navy Trousers/Hudson Tan Loafers

Business Formal

Business formal doesn’t have to be boring, and whilst you may edge towards a plain suit and tie combination for your working day, it’s great to incorporate an individual element to your office look. Go for a dark toned suit, but add a subtle dimension such as a tonal check and you’ll be dressed for success. A button down shirt is essential for a formal style, and this sky blue royal orb logo shirt from Vivienne Westwood will have you turning heads for all the right reasons.

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Cocktail

If the dresscode states cocktail attire, it’s certainly time to get suited and booted in your gladrags. You’ll want to make sure you chose a simple, yet stylish suit in a dark hue, with a crisp white shirt. The occasion will require you to don your best shoes, too such as these stand out patent loafers from Hugo by Hugo Boss. If you want to add a subtly playful element, go for a pair of luxury designer socks with a hint of colour.

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