April 6, 2015
By Lauren Bradshaw
3 EASY WAYS TO GIVE MEN’S WORKWEAR A SPORTY TWISTSHOP MEN'S WORKWEAR
“Men’s workwear should be a part of your active, everyday life,” says Men’s Category Director, Mayola Martinez. “You want something that can transition from an office environment to after-hours.” That’s why our latest men’s lookbook, Game Time, is filled with versatile ensembles that strike a balance between weekend style and 9-to-5 appropriate. “It’s all about being not-so-serious about men’s workwear,” she says. “Choose fabrics that are polished but relaxed, add colors and patterns — you can be a little more playful and mix in those fun pieces to show off your personal style.” Click through the lookbook above for inspiration, and then read on as Martinez shares three easy ways to incorporate sporty pieces into your weekday.
1. Wear sneakers with your suit — really.
“There are fewer rules for office suiting now,” says Martinez, citing the recent New York Times Men’s Style section which showed men in two-piece suits teamed with sneakers. “If you’re going to wear a suit everyday, it’s nice to be able to mix it up.”
As for what sneaker to buy, Martinez suggests going with a low-top style that’s tonal to your outfit to keep the overall look streamlined — it’s also more subtle if you work in a more conservative office. “Or, you can be adventurous and make your footwear pop by selecting a white sneaker,” she says. “They’re really trending right now.”
2. Swap your work shirt for a western or short sleeve style.
“A western shirt is super easy, especially during the spring, and you can still wear a blazer over it,” says Martinez. “It’s been a really strong silhouette on the men’s runways.” Once the weather warms up, consider changing out your long sleeve styles for short instead. “I love the idea of a printed short sleeve shirt that will take you from work to the beer garden with the boys. Just tuck it in while you’re at the office to make it look a little more polished.”
3. Give your briefcase a break and carry a backpack.
“Backpacks are no longer just for the gym,” says Martinez. “There are newer styles in sleek silhouettes that have more of a polished edge for the guy that’s dressier at the office, or you can go sporty with a classic backpack look. Because you’re carrying them to work on your commute, you have a little more leeway to have fun and experiment with styles.” Even better, backpacks have a high resale value, making this the perfect time to pick one up. Says Martinez: “Backpacks are one of our most popular items on The RealReal — if you purchase one and want to trade it in later, you can easily reconsign it.”