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May

I work in a business casual environment, and I agree with you on your points. I think first and foremost, the reader's gotta get fit right. If your still rocking the super baggy shirt and pants that break a couple times on the shoes, putting on a tie or sportscoat is just going to make you look even more out of place. Even if you're going real relaxed, a well-fitting polo and khakis is going to make you look well-dressed than an ill-fitting suit.
Ties are a great place to start, but you've got to be ready to get joked on for a while (if you're young and work with at least a few young people) or asked if you got an interview. After a while, though, people will just accept that as who you are and how you dress. In fact, a friend of mine got joked on for being dressy-dressy for wearing a tie, while I was wearing a full suit.
V-necks and sweaters are good, but I'd wait on sportscoats for Spring or Fall when you'd need an extra layer. Vests probably should wait until people get used to the way you dress. Not that it really matters what people think, but sportscoats and vests will definitely draw attention.

- Asked by girouxmcisaak

I’ll agree on fit. Fit and fit alone can set you way apart. Best thing is that it only takes a modification of your current wardrobe versus getting a new one.

Also, I totally can sympathize with people giving you shit for wearing a tie! Happened to me when I first started to try and dress better. Work through that!

afistfulofstyle adds: 

getting shit for wearing a tie lasts about 2 days. getting shit for NOT wearing a tie once you start wearing one is eternal.

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  1. afistfulofstyle said: getting shit for wearing a tie lasts about 2 days. getting shit for NOT wearing a tie once you start wearing one is eternal.
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