LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Fashionably Formal

Let's Hear it for the Boys

As we get into the full swing of second semester, it becomes prime time for senior students to hunker down and think seriously about post-college plans. Whether you’re attending networking events or interviewing for full-time positions, it is important to feel confident and capable, attitudes that are often attained by looking your best.

I spotted this Fashionisto walking to the business school on his way to a networking luncheon. Dressed to impress from head to toe, he displays how to dress professionally while still looking stylish. His Brooks Brothers soft-checked button-down and black dress pants paired with a J.Crew shawl collar cardigan are the perfect way balance a few formal pieces with a touch of casual. This handsome sweater dresses his look down just a dash, but still accomplishes the goal of attaining a neat and office-ready appearance. Stricter dress code? Transforming this outfit to something more formal is effortless. Simply switch out the sweater for a suit jacket and within seconds your look is converted to business professional.

For added warmth when walking through campus, atop his ensemble this Fashionisto layers a gray double-breasted wool-blend peacoat by Michael Kors. Be sure to incorporate a double-breasted blazer or jacket into your own wardrobe this spring. It is one of the season’s top runway trends and an incredibly easy way to polish your look. Refer to GQ’s “Dos and Don’ts of the DB” for advice on how to wear this occasionally tricky, but super trendy outerwear option through spring and summer.

This Fashionisto models a pair of Cole Haan black loafers that match his professional attire. He chose a tasteful, dark-colored Fossil watch to add detail and sophistication to his look, an important fashion accessory that, frankly, all modern men should wear.

Don’t be afraid to sport a clean-cut look that turns heads and sends a powerful message, like the one we see here. The clothes you put on have the ability to instantly command respect, as does the way you carry yourself. Keep your chin up, walk tall, and with an expertly executed look, you just might find that extra bit of confidence you’ve been looking for to ace a big interview. And you’re sure to earn a few compliments along the way!

Hint: Leave the backpack at home for your interviews this spring. Instead, opt for a leather document portfolio or briefcase that shows your style and class.


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