Every day of every month at GQ, we start your morning on Instagram with visual advice on What to Wear Today. But we want to go deeper. Give you the nuts and bolts of how to get the look into your wardrobe. So today we’re showing you how to set aside your basic blue and white shirts for something more with a little more kick.
Being a good boss is about more than just keeping subordinates in line and an eye on the bottom line. It’s about inspiring the fine men and women who work with you. And when it comes to what you wear, your style helps set the tone for what the rest of the office shows up in. The run-of-the-mill suited man basics (navy suit, white shirt, dark tie) are fine, but we’re of the opinion that you should use your sartorial power to inspire. And there’s no easier way to do that than by harnessing the power of your shirt, tie, and pocket square to take a look to the next level.
To achieve the John Slattery-level boss style move you see above, you’ll need a classic gray suit tailored just right. Once you’ve got your hems set, layer in an unexpected dress shirt like one in pale green (try on a few to make sure the color flatters your skin tone). To ground your swerve-y shirt, grab a neutral navy wool tie in a textured fabric. Add a gingham pocket square to tie the two together, secure your neckwear with a trusty tie bar, and walk into every meeting with the confidence that you know exactly what you’re doing—even if you’re still just faking it until you make it.