What to Wear to Work for Men

Can you help me out with what to wear to work,
because I go to work, like, almost every day. (Laughter) That was good. All right, hey guys, welcome back to Cladwell’s
Style Tips for the Everyday Guy. I’m Eric. (I’m Chris). And today, we’re talking about
what to wear to work. (Yeah). And we’ve got kind of a simple answer to this question and
a longer, but very intriguing answer to this question. And, stick around to the end because
actually, we’re trying something new today. At the end of this video, we’re going to be
answering one of your questions. One of you, are loyal fan’s style questions at the end
of this video. So, Chris, I do go to work almost every day,
and I usually wear clothes. (Yeah, thank goodness). I’m always wearing clothes. And my question
is how do I know what to wear to work? Yeah, I think a lot of guys are asking that
question. I’ve been asked this question a lot, trying to help people out. Frankly, it’s
too hard to address every guy in a short YouTube video here, but the good news is, that’s what
we do at Cladwell. Go to Cladwell.com. Get your free personal roadmap to dress better.
(We’ve done this! We’ve built this for you guys!). This is literally, other than making
YouTube videos, this is all we do. Video done! Stop watching! Don’t stop watching
… we actually haven’t had … But seriously, go to Cladwell! It’s a free thing. It builds
all of the clothes you actually will look great on you. That will fit you. It’s instant.
It’s free. And we even just launched a brand new feature, Occasions View, where it will
tell you, depending on your work environment, it will tell you what clothes you can wear
in that occasion. It’s all done for you. (Yes). It’s a cool thing. Ok, all right. So, that’s the short answer.
Now, the longer answer is, and this is very cool, you came up with this kind of a spectrum
of different work environments and what to wear. Can you walk me through that? Yeah, so, as I started thinking about. Yeah,
as I started thinking about how we think about what we wear to work, and we knew couldn’t
address every single guy because people just have so many different jobs, let’s place it
on a spectrum. And let’s think about things in terms of clearly defined standards of dress.
So, on one hand, and I’ll illustrate that. On one hand we have uniforms. So, those are
very clearly defined standards. Literally, you’re wearing this article of clothing probably
in this color. (Right, there’s no wiggle room. It’s told for you what to do. Highest standards
on that side.) And we think about what we can control at that level of high standards.
So, you can control things probably like your hair and you can maybe control the size and
the cut of the thing. At least somebody is going to ask you, what size do you wear when
I order your uniform. You can say, whatever. So, your grooming, your fit of the uniform,
but other than that, you’re pretty limited in what you can choose. Yeah, it is what it is. Take it or leave it.
Right. So, then if we move down to a little bit less of clearly defined standards but
still a lot of expectations. This might be somebody in the legal profession who appears
before a judge, is involved in litigation and that sort of thing. You have to wear a
blazer and dress pants. Professional work environment for sure. And so, you still have
to wear those types of things, but you may have a little more control over the color.
So, you may be able to wear a navy or a black blazer. Or, a light blue shirt or a white
dress shirt. That sort of thing. So, a little bit less standards, but you’re
also getting a little bit more control over what you can choose. (Yeah, in terms of color). So, if we move our way down the spectrum,
the next level is maybe a teacher lives in this category where you not only are thinking
about grooming, the cuts and the color, you start actually thinking about what you’re
actually wearing. So, you don’t have to wear a tie. You might wear a polo shirt. You might
wear a sweater. That sort of thing. So, you get a little bit more freedom that way. This is a semi-casual work environment? Yeah, exactly. And, there’s probably a lot
of freedom there, but still definitely expectations that you have to dress professionally. Ok, so less clearly defined standards and
a little bit more control because not only are you thinking about color, but you can
start to pick out your item selections vs. I’m wearing a suit every day in a professional
environment. (Exactly, or a uniform if you go even further). Right, the options start
to open up in terms of items in a semi-casual work environment. Ok, so what’s last on the spectrum? So, last we’ve got the most casual. This is
probably the environment we work in in a startup. It could be someone who works in a casual
retail environment, where they can kind of wear whatever they want. It doesn’t matter
a whole lot. And there aren’t clearly defined expectations. It’s a little bit harder to
know what to wear. So, you might be able to wear a t-shirt. You might be able to wear
a tie. It might be all over the place. (You’re all over the man). Exactly. (You can wear
whatever you want). That’s right. And at this level, you have the most freedom to express
your personality or individuality. Ok, so the least amount of defined standards
in the casual workplace, but the most amount of options and freedom. Yeah, the scale has
tipped. Ok, so working on that spectrum, how would
I know which areas I’m in if I’m going to work. Maybe I have a new job or something.
How do I figure out where I land on the spectrum and what are the rules? Yeah, it may sound obvious, but for someone
who has never done this before, just look around and actually make notes about the things
other guys are wearing. Are they wearing blazers? Are they wearing ties? Are they just wearing
jeans or shorts? Whatever. Just be very deliberate about paying attention to that. And secondly
I would say, ask. You know it’s a great way to get direct feedback. Ask your supervisor
or a friend you trust at work what’s expected of you. That’s great. And so, the other question I
have is if we look at the scale again, which of those ends of the spectrum. Or, which work
environment is the most complex to actually think through and prepare for each day? Yeah, and it may be a little surprising, but
I think it’s actually the most casual environment. In a way, I think that’s when the most pressure
is on you because you have the most decisions to make as you get dressed in the morning.
You have the most freedom. You can’t rely on a standard and just wear the same thing
every day. So, the casual. This is actually making me
feel better about myself. I’ve got the most pressure on what to figure out in the casual
work environment, because there’s more options whereas I probably, in my mind, I would have
thought the professional environment was the most complex. Because you have to look the
best or something. You have to do the suit. But you’re saying since there are more factors
you have to consider in the casual work environment on a day in day out basis, it’s probably the
most complex and most confusing. Definitely. And, there’s probably the most
variety among the people you work with. You probably see people dressed all different
ways. Suits. Shorts. Everything in between. Right. So, wouldn’t it be great if you had
a guide to kind of help you through with all of your clothes. To help you make decisions
about what to purchase, what to wear. We’re being a little joking. We’ve done this for
you. It exists at Cladwell.com. We’ve laid out if you want to know what clothes to wear.
If you want some fresh clothes that are going to look good for you and your colors and your
style personality. And for a specific occasion. It’s all there. Go check it out. So, we’re going to end today with our question
of the day. (Let’s do it.) All right, from jzeeder. Jzeeder from our How to Layer Clothes
video said, “I really enjoy the positive energy and friendly banter in this video.” Thanks
Jzeeder! Man, that’s great! Here’s his question, “I generally wear a patterned button down
underneath a solid colored sweater. What are your thoughts about a solid on solid, such
as a solid maroon crew neck sweater over a dark grey button down?”. That’s a great question, jzeeder! Totally
cool. Continue doing the solid on solid. I think anytime you introduce a pattern into
the sweater or the shirt, what have you, you’re pushing the look a little bit more casual.
So, a solid on solid tends to be a little bit more dressier. And it tends to add a sophisticated
air to an outfit. So, it’s totally cool. Keep doing it! That’s great. Thanks for your question jzeeeder.
If you guys have a style question you want answered, we’ll do it. Send it to us. We’ll
have Chris answer your question here. So, that’s it for today guys, if you liked the
video and it’s helpful, give us a thumbs up. Subscribe. We’d love to keep growing this
channel out, bringing you guys great content. And go check out Cladwell, in case we didn’t
plug it an obscenely amount of times in this video already. But, thanks so much for watching
these guys. We’ll see you next time.

12 Replies to “What to Wear to Work for Men

  1. Hi, I have actually two questions :
    1. You did a video about white socks NOT being ok with suit. How about socks with other clothes? What colors would you recommend and why?
    2. I saw Eric with his shirt collar tucked in (I don't know if this is the correct word) in his crewneck sweater. Is it a general rule to have them inside or I can freely show the collar out to the public in a crewneck?

  2. not being a troll or mean, but imo the guy on the right, his hairstyle doesn't fit his face/head shape. it looks terriable , and that is what you should talk about next episode, how to choose a hairstyle that fits your face

  3. Don't let the negativity get to you guys. Very informational and useful things said and I Thank You
    Keep it up๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  4. Keep up the good work and great videos guys ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Can u pls make a video for college students on how should they dress up and what should they focus on? Also it would be great to include a feature on the website that shows u what to wear in a specific day or occasion by combinig clothes u have in your wardrobe!!

  5. ย Also, I have tried the solid on solid a few times since your video on layering, and its become my favorite clothing choice due to its look and functionality, especially in this colder weather. Thank you for the advice.

  6. Simple question: How can I make my legs look longer?
    I'm 6'2" and already buy fitted jeans, but my torso sometimes looks as long as my legs and I feel unproportionate. Any tips (from Cladwell or anyone else).

  7. I want to go in for telemarketing as a starter job and I'm not sure what to wear for the interview or (if I got the job) to work.

  8. Do you recommend the same kinds of business clothes for all ages and appearances?
    I think 30-somethings tend to rock business wear better than 20-somethings.
    If you're a clean shaven 25 year old with a "young face" I think you tend to look over dressed in really smart business wear.

  9. Your services on Caldwell are not free… I was stoked to try it out and at the way end it asked for my credit card info. Bummer.

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