Maybe I’m a bit of a rebel, or maybe it’s just because I don’t work in corporate, but my idea of business attire may be slightly skewed. I think you can get away with jeans just about anywhere, it’s really just what you pair it with. Which is why on my last business meeting I decided to pull this neoprene t shirt.
Now, neoprene isn’t usually something you would think could be formal. This is the stuff for wet suits, after all! However, I love it because the fabric has such a rich depth to it that it looks way more luxe than it actually is. And since it retains its shape, there’s also a somber formality to it — it looks very well constructed, as with typical formal attire, but because it’s still an athletic material, it’s quite comfortable.
Now you’ll notice I’m rocking the exposed ankle trend. I do a reverse cuff on my jeans because I can never manage to get a normal cuff to look right — I always feel like a farmer stomping around Midtown when I try to cuff my jeans. Just fold and reverse tuck, and you get a slightly more relaxed look, without having to highwater tailor your jeans.
As I said before this was for a business meeting — so the thing that really seals the deal is the footwear in this outfit. I went with my favorite Bally shoes, and the mix of patent leather and super smooth leather really gives the whole thing the polish that it needs. Had I gone with anything else, the whole outfit would’ve been super informal, and that really wouldn’t have served my purposes. After all, it’s all in the details.