When the pandemic hit last year, the first thing to go was in-office work and along with it, the traditional work wardrobe. We were quick to trade in jeans, suits and leather shoes for sweatpants, hoodies and sneakers, going from office wear to 24/7 loungewear.
Now, 18 months into our new normal, offices are opening back up again. And while the status quo of workwear is evolving to include pieces that are built for comfort, it’s important not to skimp on pieces that will help you look the part in important meetings and at the office.
Leaning into loungewear has been nice, but maybe you need a little help figuring out what “getting back to normal” means when it comes to fashion? Enter RW&CO. The Canadian fashion staple’s fall collection features easy-to-layer pieces that are on-trend, polished for work and simple to edit for after-work eats on a patio with folks you haven't seen in more than a year.
To help get you and your work wardrobe ready, we’ve partnered with RW&CO. for a closer look at key fall fashion trends for men. Here’s a full workweek’s worth of outfits that can help you rise to any occasion, whether you’re working from the office, from home, or a mix of both.
Monday: Cool, casual layers
Fall is all about layering, which is perfect for workwear. It’s a simple way to keep your outfits looking cool and casual, yet put-together. In keeping with the overall ‘90s trend, flannel is the big pattern trend for autumn, and it’s ideal for layering. Pair an open flannel shirt over a simple crew-neck T-shirt, then finish with a pair of PowerFlexx chino joggers that are perfectly comfortable to wear while working at home or a day at the office.
Tuesday: Simple yet polished
When you think of fall fashion, mixing textures is another great way to embody a warm and fashionable vibe. Cardigans have made a major comeback in 2021 and are a staple for any fall wardrobe, including back-to-work season. Pair a simple cardigan with a slim-fit performance dress pant to really lean into the “professionally casual” aesthetic. For a clean, comfortable and office-acceptable look, finish it off with a white T-shirt and a pair of crisp white sneakers, showing it’s possible to keep it simple and classy at the same time.
Wednesday: Dressed to impress
We don’t blame you for wanting to be on your best fashion behaviour when heading back into the office this fall, especially if you have plenty of important meetings lined up. You’ll want an outfit that makes a statement, while still being comfortable for your commute, especially if you’ll be taking your meetings on the road. Here’s a look built for the man on the go: a stylish bomber jacket over a turtleneck (to stay on the layering trend!), paired with these super comfortable, yet work-appropriate, commuter jogger pants. Got important places to be? This outfit will help you get there.
Thursday: Suit up
It’s time to suit up and show up this fall. Suits are making a major comeback, but gone are the days of stuffy, stiff suit jackets and pants that crease and wind up looking sloppy by the end of the workday. Instead, you’ll want to invest in a traveler suit that’s wrinkle-resistant and made of breathable fabrics, so you won’t be sweating the small stuff (like whether or not your outfit is holding up). This suit will keep you cool, calm and collected while making major moves in the boardroom — plus, you’re guaranteed to stand out among the sweatsuit crowd.
Friday: On-the-go style
With many companies opening back up in a hybrid model, you might find yourself switching back and forth from office to coffee shop to your home office. For that, you’ll need a commuter-appropriate outfit that’s both relaxed and polished, and perfectly at home regardless of where you decide to work from. A polo shirt paired with a trendy bomber jacket and pair of slim-fitting chinos is perfect for a casual Friday all-week kind of feel. Plus, it doubles as an ideal golf outfit for a round with your buddies either after work or on the weekend.
RW&CO. has the pieces you need to get your wardrobe office-ready — no matter where your office may be. Shop the collection here.