Decided to keep with the more casual theme again. I actually wore a navy sport coat over this, but took it off once I got to work. I know tennis sweaters aren’t for everyone, but I kind of dig the big V-neck on them. Your mileage may vary.
I haven’t really had to think much before on casual office wear, because I’d long ignored it in preference of the jacket and tie — it’s so much simpler to do! But many of the same principles still apply. You still need good fit and instead of a wardrobe of jackets, perhaps focus on getting a few, high-quality sweaters.
Admittedly, my sweater collection isn’t vast by any means (again, preference for a jacket and tie), but I think some rules overlap with the purchase of jackets. You want something decently constructed from good materials. You want it to fit well. And you should be aware that different sweaters can be made of more casual or formal material.
Obviously, the tennis sweater’s origin is one of sport, making it a bit more casual than perhaps a merino V-neck, which can find itself more formally layered under a suit at times.
I’m still an advocate for the jacket and tie, however, I do recognize that it’s not for everyone out there. If you find yourself in that situation, then maybe start giving a lot more thought into sweaters and making them a part of your wardrobe.
Fit details after the jump:
- Shirt: Brooks Brothers ESF white OCBD
- Sweater: Vintage tennis sweater (acrylic, Etsy)
- Pants: Grey donegal tweed trousers (part of suit, eBay)
- Socks: Timberland wool thick socks
- Belt: Military surplus web belt
- Shoes: Allen Edmonds McAllister in chocolate brown suede
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- sashu said:I think the white shirt was a bad call with that sweater. Also not a fan of the colored stripes on the sweater, but it is definitely a refreshing break from the navy/grey sweater norm and I think changing up the shirt will yield an interesting look.
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