In general, our men’s workwear philosophy came from my (very stylish) brother. He simply said, “wear Hugo Boss suits, find an off-the-rack shirt that fits your body and get good shoes.” He’s right on.
I would add that the Hugo Boss suit should be slim or extra slim cut only (you can see why in this article on sports coats). Additionally, in a pinch, we’ve found that Express’ The Photographer suit is a decent slim-cut suit at a much lower price point.
For shirts, Mike is moving away from the button-down collar, and going more to the spread collar. Jon Varvatos slim cut shirts fit him like a glove, we buy multiples whenever they go on sale. (For what it’s worth, my brother swears by Brooks Brothers slim cut shirts.)
Mike is currently obsessed with two brands for his work shoes: Frye (specifically these Frye monk strap oxfords) and To Boot New York. Both brands are comfortable, durable, and have been resoled a few times (Mike ends up walking several miles per day for his job at Penn, so he wears shoes out quickly.)
Also? Bright socks. Every. Day. (He gets a subscription to Soul Socks every year for Christmas, and LOVES it.)
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We covered some solid footwear choices last summer in the article, Your Man’s Casual Summer Shoes Need an Upgrade. A big winner was Van’s Rata Vulc surf shoe. For t-shirts, we’re huge fans of Everlane v-neck tees (Mike pretty much just sticks with black, black, and an occasional navy), and we’re currently on the hunt for jeans. J.Crew’s 484 jeans aren’t bad, and Mike has a couple pairs of JBrand Kane in a dark, manly wash, but….we’ll see.
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