1. Diversify traditional khakis by incorporating additional colors like tobacco, olive, or dark burgundy. They’ll all go just as brilliantly with the blue and white shirts in the closet now.
Pants by J. Brand.
2. Ease up on plain, solid-colored dress shirts and add a few pattern button-downs. Prints and patterns with multiple colors, at least one of which coordinates with the pant or top layer, make the outfit appear effortlessly pulled together.
Shirt by Theory.
3. Add a tailored vest. A vest is a perfect in-between garment because it has a softer feel than a blazer but means business more than a sweater. Vests can be worn year- round and go with slacks, chinos, or denim.
Vest by Theory.
4. Add a pocket square. Get an assortment of color and print squares. A thin sliver showing from a sport coat or vest looks refined, is completely business appropriate, and is a refreshing alternative to a tie.
Pocket square by Maki & Mpho.
5. Plain black and brown belts = snoozefest. Switch up the belt color, material, and texture. This suede burgundy belt can be worn with either black or brown shoes.
Belt by Bally.