Well, May is finally here. I don't know about everyone else, but this is about the time of year that I start thinking about summer (even if the Summer Solstice isn't until June 21st). I love the weight and feel of winter clothes, but summer is more my style. Bright reds, lighter fabrics, flashy socks. I feel comfortable wearing loud colors and it puts me in a good mood. This side of me agrees with summer style.
As many may or may not know, HIM is not my full-time gig. Unfortunately, Chris and I still have to pay the bills by other means. Recently I got a new job in downtown Denver by Union Station and since it's in an office, I have to look the part. For me, this means I get to strap on a handmade bow tie or necktie everyday. Beyond that, however, I get to play with my style a little more: dress shoes, dress socks, chinos, button-ups, you name it; this isn't something I could do while bar tending. With that in mind, I put some work appropriate outfits together for our May bow ties of the month.
First up is Bread + Butter, a tan colored bow tie decorated with dark brown butterflies. This bow tie is pretty reserved, so I wanted to go with a busier floral print shirt, paired with some dark green corduroy pants. To make sure I was getting a little more color and character, I turned to my socks and shoes. The yellow metal tipped laces help to accentuate the flowers in the shirt, while the teal socks provided a more saturated note of color to the green, earthy theme I had going on. While corduroys can definitely be a toss up when it comes to work appropriate clothing, the bow tie and oxford shoes help to maintain a sense of professionalism.
The teal pattern socks help to add a little more color to this outfit, without being too crazy.
When in need of a little more color for your outfit, look towards your feet. Shoelaces are an easy way to add a pop of color!
Green is my favorite color, so I always look for an excuse to wear my green Chucks. It's hard to say whether or not these are work appropriate, but on my first day I caught someone wearing a pair with a full suit, so I figured I was in the clear. Mossy has a green and off-white macro floral pattern, so I either needed to wear it with a solid or a smaller patterned shirt. While the blue and green plaid I chose skirts the line, I think the strong pattern of the bow tie holds its own. To make sure this outfit was a little more work appropriate, I wore a pair of dark gray dress slacks and some taupe dress socks. Even so, the socks flaunt a subtle rainbow stripe, which helps to bring in the colors of the bow tie as well.
Gauge your work place to see if more casual shoes are appropriate. Chucks are an easy way to spice up an otherwise boring work outfit.
Mixing and matching styles like this can be scary, but just go for it! What's the worst they can do, send you home because of your awesome chucks?
As I mentioned above, summer is the time for me to bust out my red pants, which is exactly what I did when putting an outfit together for R. Parker. This bow tie has some beautifully deep colors and an incredibly detailed tiger and floral mosaic pattern. Because of this, I wanted to make sure I wore some pretty minimal complements: a simple white and navy pin dot shirt, my favorite pair of coral pants, some muted stripe pattern socks, and my beat-up brown loafers. All together, the bow tie is the true star of this outfit, but hints of color throughout help to make sure it isn't alone. Also, while these loafers have definitely seen better days, they're perfect for walking the line between work wear and stomping around downtown Denver. Just think of it as added character.
Although the pants are loud, the bow tie is still the star of the show because the shirt acts as a strong contrast to show it off.
This outfit is a balancing act of color and pattern. If you go bright in one area, make sure to level it out with a neutral (the shirt) or an earth tone (the shoes).
Now that I'm working downtown, I have a perfect opportunity to show off some of the awesome products Chris and I make with HIM. Work wear can some times be a difficult thing for people to figure out, but if you take time to put an outfit together, it can make going to work everyday a little bit more exciting. Do you have a work staple that helps spice up your outfit? Let us know!
After a long day of work, there's nothing better than being ambushed by Torin!