The Getup: A Good Day At The Office

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  • Reply January 12, 2012


    Not sure about that tie with that shirt!

  • Reply January 12, 2012


    This looks great! But I dare say it would *not* be appropriate for the office. I’m in my early 20’s and have been working in a hospital office for 2+ years: if my supervisor saw me entering the office in the sweater and chinos, I would likely be pulled aside and have a discussion concerning my “unprofessional” work attire. I am in *no way* disregarding this as a good outfit, as I will be sure to replicate it someday soon, but I would rather see this on Main street than in the office.

    However, I would like to see a variation on the midpoint between business casual and business professional dressing. I’ve been stuck in the rut for 2 years wearing dress shirt, shoes, and pants, but I would like to up my style a little. I’ve recently started wearing ties and have noticed a marked difference in my reception around the hospital while entering/exiting work and during breaks. How could I take this to the next level without putting on airs? I’m interested in diversifying my socks and ties, but I could use some more help.

    Thank you.

  • Reply January 12, 2012


    David, It might not be appropriate for YOUR office. 😉 If all our professional getups were suits I’d be leaving a lot of guys high and dry. I try to mix it up when it comes to work attire to accommodate varying levels of dressiness.

    You can take the fundamentals of this look and dress it up to make it appropriate. Add wool dress pants (or even a suit) and swap the shirt for a similarly patterned dress shirt. If you’re going no-suit, you could add a sportcoat.

    Good luck, hope it helps!

  • Reply January 12, 2012


    Hey Andrew,
    Would there be a way to put the color name with the swatch?
    I’m color blind and that sweater could be red or orange or pumpkin or whatever. It would help us colorblind folk out.

    Love these posts! I save them all as reference.

  • Reply January 12, 2012


    Nice outfit, but I agree with David. Would make a nice weekend outfit I’d say.

  • Reply January 12, 2012

    Jessy Diamond

    I’m at the complete opposite of David. I work as a programmer in an office filled with plumbers and electricians wearing the same work shirt. There’s no way I could pull off a tie or a sport coat in my work environment. Without the tie, this is something I would wear.

    And I must say the timing of this article is just perfect. I was planning on getting grey chinos, brown saddle shoes and a plaid shirt or two in the next few months.

    I already have a taupe, a burgundy, a navy and a charcoal sweater. I just need to find which color the plaid shirts should be. Any ideas ?

  • Reply January 12, 2012



    Your safe bet would be blue for all of them except the navy sweater. You might be better off going for a white with blue check, which would also work well with the navy, and look great with the others.

  • Reply January 13, 2012

    ml bi le


    It’s orange.

  • Reply January 13, 2012

    ml bi le

    Dark orange, even.

  • Reply February 2, 2012


    Hey all,

    I set my broswer to open a new tab on clicked links, then click on the item and usually all available colors/options are listed right there. Loden? I’ll have to search that later.

  • Reply April 8, 2012


    Bought this J. Crew Factory bag today (April 2012). It has been clearance reduced to $45. With the nifty promo code “OURTREAT” (30% off clearance) it is $34 before shipping and tax.

    I paid about $44 with shipping and tax — I consider that to be a significant bargain.

  • Reply May 27, 2012

    Brandon R

    New code LOVEIT will get you there.

  • Reply December 30, 2012

    Dale Allen

    Liking the overall look man! 

  • Reply August 19, 2013


    And on the opposite end of the spectrum that would be a tad dressy for where I work. Part of that is the city (San Francisco) and the industry (programmer in a startup), but even beyond that I also bike in to work (again, typical for the city and industry) so dressier clothes are typically a bad idea and bags are chosen to suit being strapped across your back.

    The rules get rather different when you also spend a good bit of your time working from home where even putting on pants might mean you’re over-dressed.

    On a more personal level I’d actually suggest against wearing ties if you work in health care. True, you might not interact with patients as closely as others, but the environment as a whole is one in which wearing ties is strongly advised against.

  • Reply November 1, 2013

    Rafael Ulloa

    its appropriateness depends on the type of company you work for.

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