A little over a week ago, I was in New York City for a full day of back-to-back meetings. Deciding what to wear was a balance between making a sharp first impression while still being comfortable. Having to catch a 5:30 a.m. train into the city and then dash all over town from meeting to meeting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. meant that comfort and style had to work together. The solution? Sticking to a few great basics.
Even when a business meeting is casual it’s still important to look sharp, especially if you are meeting people for the first time. These are the occasions when you want to feel completely comfortable and confident, and sticking with simple and versatile basics is a great way to achieve that. A navy blazer, crisp white button-up, and slim dark denim are three pieces that absolutely no man should be without in his closet. It may seem overly simple, but it’s a timeless combination that always works and never goes out of style.
Give any neutral color palate a boost with a colorful and unique pocket square. Earlier this summer, I spent some time browsing a few fabric stores in New York City’s garment district and ended up coming home with several yards of interesting fabric that my tailor, Earle Bannister, turned into a limited run of special pocket rounds.
This Look: Navy blazer c/o Reiss (now ON SALE, more inexpensive options here) – White dress shirt c/o Banana Republic – Jeans by A.P.C. (New Standard) – Plaid pocket round with pink edge by E. Bannister for He Spoke Style (similar here) – Brown leather messenger bag by Coach – Watch with brown leather strap by Timex – Brown belt c/o Banana Republic – Grey polka dot socks by Banana Republic – Burgundy wingtip dress shoes c/o Johnston & Murphy
Thanks for reading,
He Spoke Style
Photography by Rob McIver Photo.