How to look the part after landing that dream promotion
Photography: Ian Engelbrecht | Styling: Akim Jardine
You did it, fam. You worked your way from being an unpaid intern to an underpaid and anonymous junior staffer, then an underpaid, overworked and not-so-anonymous midweight employee, to finally being able to afford food other than noodles during the week before pay day. Welcome to the next tax bracket! To match your new job title you’ll need a new wardrobe. Here are five looks to get you started.
They say dress for the job you want, and we all know this promotion isn’t going to be the last. Try some power play in a suit and loafers. For your suiting choose an unexpected colour or pattern to really make an impact and stand out from the men in grey suits, like the speckled design seen here.
Leave the value buys for your gym sessions and recovery weekends. It’s time to invest in superior quality T-shirts for the office. 100% cotton, stronger fabric and sturdier construction, excellent fit (always choose a slim-fit so it doesn’t balloon at your waist when its tucked in) and a colour palette that includes black, white and grey.
Bombers and leather jackets never go out of style, so find one in a new design or colour you rarely see and wear the hell out of it with a crisp white shirt and tailored pants. Think about it – how many times have you seen a khaki bomber in comparison to an olive green one? You’re welcome.
Another necessity for your upgraded work wardrobe? The colour blue. Try a monochrome look with different shades and add an unexpected coup-de-grace with sneakers.
There are few colour combos that look more mature and put-together than black and white. These versatile colours are the perfect building blocks for a grown-up work wardrobe. Want to make things quirky? Add some patterned socks.