In a corporate setting, one is sometimes expected to be suited up for the occasion. This typically entails safe choices such as black or dark blue blazers paired with crisp white shirts — a default look that’s versatile for any business setting.
As work-appropriate and versatile as it is, this ensemble also tends to be a bit boring, as almost everyone else in the same room is likely to be wearing similar attire. One way to stand out from the crowd is by injecting hints of colour into your outfit — such as picking an office shirt in a bold hue — or even wearing a spiffy pair of shoes. But if you’re looking for something less ostentatious and attention-grabbing, another solution is to accessorise. Common accessories you might know of are watches, ties, or socks, but there are also tie bars and cufflinks that come in a variety of designs to spruce up your suit.
Accessorising may seem like a hassle at first, but trust us, it’s a foolproof way to instantly elevate your outfit and make you look fashion-forward. From whimsical printed ties to unique cufflink designs, we’ve put together a guide to 7 accessories that will easily dress up any work ensemble.
Running around between meeting clients can be a pain when you have lots to carry with you. So it’s important to get yourself a sturdy business bag, like the Morval from Hugo Boss that is 100 percent cow leather. Not only is it spacious (its dimensions are 39 x 29 x 7 cm), it also has many small compartments for your notebooks, USB keys, pens, and everything else you could possibly need.
Available at Hugo Boss in Suria KLCC, Midvalley Megamall and Pavilion KL for RM884.
A pair of good socks can really complete your outfit. We love these Gucci stretch wool socks in blue, which are decorated with gold embroidered bee motifs. Made from 40 percent wool, they will keep you warm in cold offices and meeting rooms.
Available at Gucci boutiques in Suria KLCC, The Gardens Mall and Pavilion KL, for RM1,413.
Your professional look won’t be complete without a pair of cufflinks. We love these trophy designs from Paul Smith, for days when you need to feel like a champion. The pair has black enamel details and a polished silver finish with the Paul Smith logo embossed on the T-bar fastenings.
Available at Paul Smith boutiques in Pavilion KL for RM447.
You have to look your best when you exchange name cards, especially when you’re sealing a business deal. This Italian-made Dolce & Gabbana cardholder is perfect for its cool blue colour and Dauphine leather finishing. Also, the metal plate upfront with the brand’s logo is sure to leave a classy impression.
Available at Dolce & Gabbana boutiques in Suria KLCC for RM884.
The belt is such an essential that even if your pants fit, you’d still look better wearing one. You can never go wrong choosing simple, black leather one like this Valentino Garavani Rockstud buckle belt. The black calf leather sealed with a silver-tone metal buckle is classy and versatile. Choose your length from 100, 105, 110 or 115 cm.
Available on Farfetch for RM1,691.
We can’t always wear quirky ties to work, but the basic coloured ones can get boring after a while. What you can do is accessorise your tie with a tie bar or tie brooch. Swanky ones usually do the trick like this silver-tone resin and metal tie brooch from Lanvin, which is embossed with the brand’s logo.
Available on Farfetch for RM835.