Dress to Impress: 2016 Fashion Trends & Accessories for Professionals

Dress to Impress: 2016 Fashion Trends & Accessories for Professionals – Guest post by Ed Phelan



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Having a sense of purpose in the way you dress and carry yourself is uplifting. Whilst the rules in the modern workplace are usually relaxed on what you can wear, this hasn’t stopped many from choosing to dress in a more professional manner anyway. Maintaining a professional style, even if it’s not required, speaks volumes about the level professionalism you apply to your work, and sets you apart from the crowd.

Dressing up for the sake of dressing up is never much fun, but when you carry your style with a sense of professional purpose, people will take notice. Most female work fashion already kills it, but I’m hoping this level of creativity is one day a normal for male professional wear, hence why I’ve been exploring trends associated with men’s fashion at work, as well as what aspects of this style will be big in 2016.


So, What Styles and Accessories Will Be Big For The Business Man This Y ear?

If your work calls for you to be on the move frequently, or even work outside, be prepared for the imminent spring sunshine with a new pair of sunglasses. Although it should be relatively simple, there’s a lot to take into account when shopping for sunglasses. Consider the shape of your head and the large effect it has on how a killer pair of shades look on you. This is usually in correspondence with the shape of your frames; for example, square glasses look better in contrast with a round face shape because they make your face appear longer, whilst oval frames such as aviators will smooth out the edges on a distinctive square head.

We also shouldn’t forget that whilst sunglasses look really cool, they also provide some great benefits including UV protection from the sun’s harmful rays. If you’re on the go often for work, protecting your eyes is wise and further down the line, you’ll be thankful you did it. Whilst sunglasses are nothing new in the world of fashion, combining a pair with a professional look is even more popular now. Simply put, it’s a good look!

Even better when you’re on the go is access to wireless accessories. We live an increasingly connected world, and as a professional, taking advantage of these technologies will not only improve your efficiency, but also serve as accessories to your workwear style. For example, wireless headsets allow you to take calls on the go, or even serve as part of a setup for a home office, but they also convey a sense of professionalism and importance to others.

Use your everyday consumer electronics, such as mobiles and laptops, to assist in your search for new ways to expand your professional style. See a style you like? Take a picture on your phone and use an app like ASAP54 to find new clothing and accessories. There’s also plenty of fashion forums, boards, and social media channels you can find inspiration from.

A common theme through-out the world’s most famous business minds is (what may seem like) a disdain for many forms of fashion. I say this because many professionals avoid thinking about a variety of clothing entirely, instead opting to buy the same outfit and wear slightly different irritations day by day. A famous example is Steve Jobs, who famously wore a black turtleneck and jeans every day to avoid having to think about what to wear. This may sound like a result of anxiety, but is actually to do with freeing up thinking space in the morning, a time when our minds are highly active. This principle was also followed by Albert Einstein.

This may seem counter-intuitive when you are trying to establish your own professional sense of style, bit repetition in this way can also be very effective. If not to free up thinking capacity before those crucial working hours, a sense of repetition can also help you stick out in a client’s mind.

This also doesn’t mean you should be wearing the same thing every day, but rather building from the same foundation. For example, invest a variety of male accessories, including ties, bow-ties, pins, handkerchiefs, dress shoes, watches, jewelry and a variety of shirts to add variety to the same suit each day.


Author: Ed Phelan

c8276bfe9a1750d6e2a248cfc271cf7dI am a young 20-something living in Brighton, UK, interested in sport, travel, gadgets, film, fashion & environmental issues. I am currently a third year student at Brighton Uni & would like to make a career out of writing. I have travelled extensively around the world and am always looking for my next adventure! Follow him on 



Britain’s most famous and influential fashion movements

Guide London have just released a press release which includes a great looking visual piece illustrating Britain’s most famous and influential fashion movements. Included is everything from Teddy Boys to the laid back Hippie look. It’s crazy how fashion goes around in circles!


Here’s the press release from Guide London:

Guide London explores history of British fashion Leading British clothing brand Guide London has stepped back in time with their latest infographic, which takes a look at some of Britain’s most famous and influential fashion movements. Dating back to the 1950s, the piece explores some of the most iconic trends the fashion world has ever seen. From the formal ensembles that became synonymous with Teddy Boys to the laidback looks of Hippies, users are taken on a true fashion journey. The graphic depicts the typical clothing, accessories and hairstyles of Teddy Boys, Mods, Rockers, Hippies, Skinheads, Punks, New Romantics, Goths and Ravers. Speaking of the graphic, Richard Benson from Guide London said: “The history of British fashion is incredibly important to us, especially as past trends are constantly being reworked for modern fashion followers. The piece is a great way of recognising the heritage of the styles and trends we wear on a daily basis.” Editor’s notes Established in 1988, Guide London is a leading British menswear brand.


Influential fashion movements infographic:

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What are your favourite influential fashion movements?


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