This is my first post to the forum, so nice to meet you all! (I've been a long time fan, just recently signed up). My question is about dressing nicely. I am a music education major in college and we are required to go to various schools and observe current music teachers, and we are told to dress professionally. I always get complimented on looking nice because I usually wear khakis, a light blue or purple dress shirt with a complimenting tie and a blue suit jacket. My question is, I only have a blue and black suit jacket, and only grey, black, and khaki slacks. What are my options as far as colors? Am I limited to blues and whites? Or can I wear red or green with that? I just get tired of wearing the same dress clothes every day of the week. Thank you all in advance for feedback and I hope to post again soon!
The music professors at the college where I work are a little more free with color than the other profs—for example, the music guys would break into the red shirt with the black jacket while the others would stick to white shirt with black or blue jacket. It's kind of stereotyping, but I think people expect anyone in the arts to be a little more creative with their dress. The music guys are usually sharper dressers than the other profs, too, because they pay attention to details. They know how to mix patterns or put a dimple in a tie.
I don't see any navy trousers in there. as for the grey and khaki trousers, loads of different shades you could get...chino style trousers range from really light stone to fairly dark tobacco shades...greys run through several different tones as well.
As for shirts, add some Bengal striped ones in there, the white with light blue stripe ones look particularly smart IMO, I own a few...tons of basic vertical striped shirts out there as well.
Add a couple of wool herringbone blazers (sports jackets) to your wardrobe as well, they look good with small checked shirts and solid coloured knitted ties.
Anyway, just a few more ideas for you to chew over.
Best bet is to start out conservatively.
I managed for years with a navy blue suit, a charcoal gray suit, a navy blazer, and some chinos in a couple of shades of tan and stone (the very pale gray). White and blue shirts with some colors. (Yellow shirts can be problematic in some places...it's the uniform color for several transit systems in my area.)
I found it depends where you are. I know in Tennessee if you are working at a top recording studio you actually have to dress pretty neat, and like business casual. In engineering places, there are many who are jean folk with a button down and a sports jacket. Dark jeans for work, with plaid button downs are a really nice way to dress for work. especially if you want to have a unique mix between business and casual. It's like a functional suit, especially if you are an engineer which is why I think that being in music education will be good.