From boardroom to bar, how to create the ultimate all-in-one wardrobe

There's a delicate balance when it comes to curating a look that can take you from the boardroom to the hottest new night spot. How you get there depends on nailing key pieces you need to keep your outfit versatile.

Thanks to the rise of street style and a blurring of the lines of what's passable as work attire, menswear has taken on a casual yet smart dress code that works perfectly in both spheres. Blokes can nail desk to bar swagger in one signed, sealed and delivered move.

To achieve the ultimate boardroom to bar look we've broken down the staple wardrobe piece to help you achieve your look.

What happens in Europe...

Look to summers in Europe when it comes to a colour palette for your jacket. Think of red tinged sunsets, clear blue skies and deep blue water tones for a blazer that makes a strong statement. There's subtle red checks that hint at pomegranate and plenty of neutral varieties that includes cream, beige and summery greys.

A major trend in tailoring is jackets that are slightly cropped in length – a modern technique that adds a street-smart panache while maintaining an executive style.

Go for double vent jackets, consider those that are high lined for a smart casual entrance and keep your fabrics textures to remain a step ahead.

Paula McMahon is Head of Design and Production at Politix and men should look to Europe for inspiration when it comes to being boardroom savvy yet sunset charming.  

"London has a real Teddy Boy look going on at the moment, while Paris has a cleaner minimalistic image which is not dissimilar to Copenhagen," she advises.

Make your own luck and look

When it comes to pants, opt for slim line varieties, and don't be afraid of opting for a cropped length. Go for summery fabrics like cotton mixes with a hint of stretch if you prefer chinos to trousers. The subtle hint of stretch keeps you crease free while shorter lengths keep you looking on trend but office appropriate.


Contrasting looks are the best way to steal the spotlight. Shades dominating the summer palette include off white, pinks and red, greys and blues will balance out a bold blazer while navy is always a  staple.

If you prefer trousers in the workplace, there's an abundance of cropped lengths for a modern tailoring verve - for relaxed summer evenings, opt for a flat front and cool wool combinations.

Your lucky shirt

The renaissance of the floral shirt in menswear is a trend to watch this season. It's all about roses both large and small, painterly brushstrokes that hint at Impressionist art and Hawaiian backdrops for a flowery footnote.  It's an international runway trend that's crept into the high street and it isn't going anywhere soon. What's more, when matched with a blazer and cropped pant is the perfect way to say you mean business no matter where you are.

In terms of style, look for fitted shirts that can be worn over or tucked into pants. The inside collar and placket finishes mean you can unbutton your collar to reveal contrast details

And you can be appropriate at work and away from desk without looking too casual. Opt for short sleeves later in the week and try long sleeves with the cuff rolled for a late afternoon switch from serious to playful.

Statement shirts also come in geo prints and shiny finishes. They're a great way to mix and match your weekly outfit at work – alternating between floral for subtle Mondays to shiny gloss glam for Fridays.

"The emphasis this season is on slim fits, sateen finishes and brightly printed shirts," says Paula McMahon.

"The Australian male has his own style and the summer sun is the perfect pick-me-up for guys who want elegant, cool and fit enough for office but perfect for play attire," she says.

Double your luck

Don't let your feet let you down – double monk strap or suede loafers should be your go to choices.

Both tick all the boxes when it comes to Europe's latest trend while breezily fitting in work and play scenarios. You can opt for a pop of colour with a pair of fine knit socks in print or plain, or go sockless for an edgier finish.

Go for quality footwear at all times - even if you're opting for sneakers in the workplace they need to be well kept, clean and sit on the luxury side of life. Remember, this is not a time to wear gym shoes with your work attire – don't just dress for the job you want, dress like the man who already has it.

This article was sponsored by Politix.