Got an email from Ukraine the other day—business owner, 35, runs an IT company, recently decided jeans and T-shirt don't cut it anymore, not quite sure how to make that changeover to business attire work. Common problem. Let's solve it.
前幾天收到一封從烏克蘭寄來的信－－開資訊科技公司的三十五歲企業家，最近決定上班不能再穿牛仔褲配 T 恤，不是很知道要怎麼成功轉變成商務風。這問題很常見。讓我們來解答。
Okay, Vlad, listen up. The basics, you need two suits. Make that three: one navy, one a bit of a lighter blue, and one gray, like this one. No stripes, no patterns; make sure it's good quality wool. Take them to a tailor; have them altered to you. Easy.
Next, shirts. You need six: three white ones, three in different shades of blue. No patterns, no stripes. Leave that for the ties. You need six of those: two plain ones, one red, one blue. Striped, checked, dotted—done.
Now, do the math. This will give you 36 different combinations. That means you can go to work for nearly two months without wearing the same outfit twice. Add two or three pairs of decent shoes: Oxfords, brogues. Buy the best you can afford.
One more thing, take your time when making the change from sloppy to smart. Start out wearing a suit...maybe twice a week and slowly increase the frequency. That will also give your colleagues time to adjust. Just ignore their comments. What else do you expect from guys who dress like teenagers?