Fall Getup Week: The Casual Office

Being lucky enough to have bosses that are lax on the office dress code is no excuse for looking lazy.

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • http://www.maleemporium.com/ Maleemporium2014

    Nice roundup for the upcoming fall season!

  • Jimmy_Johansen

    Those are Jonathan Adler socks not Nordstrom Rack socks…. You buy them at Nordstrom Rack but they aren’t the house brand.

    I’m wearing a pair now. Comfortable so far and stay up pretty well.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Hey Jimmy, the location listed next to the price isn’t consistently who makes them, sometimes I put the retailer, because in the sock case for instance, I thought it was more important to show you can get nice socks for $5 at Nordstrom Rack, rather than pointing out the brand name. You’ll notice I did that with the coffee items too.

  • Dennis

    I am a relatively new visitor to this site and have never posted here before but I must say I really like this look Andrew! Given that my office has a no denim policy, could you please suggest some different (preferably warm) alternates? Thanks and keep up the great work

    • Lucas Bearden

      I would say just a pair of navy chinos would look great, and keep the colors of the outfit the same.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Lucas is spot on with chinos. You could try corduroys as well. Or in the other direction, wool pants.

  • Kenyon

    Very nice combination. I already have a few similar items in my wardrobe that will work with this getup.

  • Andrew Leffler

    Nice line up, but one complaint. CombatGent site is horrible. Can’t create an account to place the order, even after clearing cookies and using diff’t browsers.

    • Combatant Gentlemen

      Hey Andrew,

      Sorry to hear you’re having trouble. If you go on live chat, I’ll make sure that somebody helps resolve the issue right away.

      Combatant Gentlemen

  • Danno

    Can anybody comment on this pair of jeans? Made in America selvedge denim jeans for $70 sounds too good to be true.

    • Combatant Gentlemen

      Here’s a review from RAWR Denim: http://www.rawrdenim.com/2014/09/combatant-gentlemen-indigo-slim-straight-selvedge-denim-review/

      I’m also available to answer any of your questions if you’d like; you can shoot me a note at hafez AT combatgent DOT com.

      • Danno

        I’ve done un-sanforized denim before, I had to order a couple of sizes up, is that true for these jeans as well? Also, a 34 inseam is barely long enough for me, if the length shrinks a good amount, then I’m in trouble.

        • http://www.combatgent.com Combatant Gentlemen

          Actually in our experience it’s best to get your regular size or even go down a size. Even with the warm soak, the denim will stretch and open up over time. The inseam will shrink about an inch or two if you do the warm soak, so if you do get it, I would advise against the soak. However, we will be offering a 36″ inseam in time for the holiday season.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Hey Danno,

      I actually have a pair and though I just recently got them, I really love wearing them. They have a good fit and seem sturdy. The only thing to be aware of is they come with a 34 inseam, so you may have to have them tailored as I did (Find a denim place to do it). I’ll do a review soon.

  • Eddie

    Although I am not a 20-something man, I really enjoy seeing these Getups and incorporating them into my “mature” wardrobe. Hey, I can still try to “look” young. I am colorblind and something that would be helpful to me is having the colors actually listed by the item as sometimes when you click on the item to view, it is actually a different color than the item listed on the Getup page. For instance, I think the sweater is Denim Heather but when you click on the item it takes you to the Burgundy Heather sweater. So Andrew, could you please tell me the color of the broadcloth shirt and the heather sweater? Thank you and keep up the great work!

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      So glad you like them! The shirt is green tattersall and the sweater is denim heather like you said.

  • Dan

    I have several of those Stafford shirts for work. They’re not bad at all, especially for the price. The fit, however, is another story. Even the athletic fit is a little on the billowy side so you will have to factor in the cost of your favorite tailor. Fortunately, I have one here that will take in the sides (done the right way with darting! Begin debate) and do the sleeves for $15.

    • Minjin

      Go for the Stafford wrinkle free Oxford in Fitted and I don’t think you’ll have an issue with needing to tailor. I have a slender upper body and they fit me perfectly.

  • Michael

    Awesome Getup! Really diggin’ this one.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Awesome, thanks so much!

  • Luke

    Those boots, I need them in my life. Awesome week of getups Andrew!

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      I got a pair last year and they are my guaranteed go-to.

  • Sam Johnson

    I’d love to wear this on a weekend minus the shirt and tie. Anything to add in that scenario? Also, any frugal alternatives to the boots and watch?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Unfortunately I don’t know of any truly comparable frugal alternatives to the boots. I researched a ton before I eventually caved and bought the wolverines. You can definitely just wear the sweater, it’d still be a sharp look

    • Andrew

      sierra trading post will occasionally sell wolverine 1000 mile factory 2nds for a slight discount. its going on right now by the way: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~wolverine-1000/shoes~d~4/mens-footwear~d~11/

    • Del Johnston

      Check out Dr Martens Gideon at about $160. NOT your typical clunky Martens. Also check out Eastland Boots for a cheap alternative. Neither is as nice as Wolverine, Frye or Red Wing, but will do in a pinch.

      • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

        I like those Gideons, I’ll have to include them in a future post.

    • Justin

      These are the cheapest, best made boots that I have found. Made by Chippewa for LL Bean, just as good as Red Wing Iron Ranger’s, or the 1000 Mile for $100-200 less. Good boots will last you a lifetime if cared for, so in the long run are much cheaper than buying $80 boots every year.


      As for the watch, that is a fairly cheap watch. If you want something well made and a little cheaper (but much higher quality) look into Seiko, they fit thousand dollar technology into hundred dollar watches. For example, this Seiko 5 Sport (which is on the higher priced side of the watch line) has one of the watch world’s longest used movements in it. A similar watch from Omega would ad a zero to the end of the price.


  • Del Johnston

    LOVE this Getup! I just got some Frye Logan Cap Toe boots today and already have comparable items for everything else. I will use this over the weekend! Thanks, Andrew! By the way, I have an October wedding to attend next month. I have seen the Winter Wedding Getup. Do you have a Fall Wedding Getup coming soon?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Good idea! I’ll get on it. Glad you liked this one. Those Logan Captoes are beautiful!

      • Del Johnston

        Thanks! I got the Frye’s for $278 at Belk online rather than $398 everywhere else!

  • David

    Which colour of 1000 Miles is that? Cordovan? I have a pair in Rust on order right now and I can’t wait until they arrive!

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Yep, those are the cordovans.

  • TJ

    I like the shift but does anybody know if it has removable collar stays? I can’t stand shirts that don’t have removable stays. They thin plastic ones they sew in bend easily and you end up with a rolled collar.

  • Rob Dc

    Nice boots. A bit pricey, I’d be afraid of puddles lol. I try to avoid black boots though, people might think my basement is full of AR-15s and MREs…

    • TJ

      Trust me, those things can handle puddles. Boots like that are definitely an investment. They will last you a long time. They’re also not black.

    • Justin

      I would be much more comfortable walking through a puddle in those than any boots under $100. They are bullet proof.

  • Scott

    Terrible JC Penney shirt recommendation. Whilst fitted in the waist, the armholes are very low and the shirt has almost pirate sleeves. It is even worse than your dad’s cheaper non-fitted shirts.