Fortune combed through the designs from New York’s first ever men’s fashion week looking for the rarest of specimens: An outfit that won’t get you laughed out of the office.
Real talk: Would a professional man really wear patterned capris and jumpsuits to work? Probably not. New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the first ever event of its kind in New York City, premiered last week. The four-day extravaganza featured big-name designers, exciting runway shows, flocks of male models—and plenty of designs that would get you laughed out of your morning staff meeting. That said, the event did offer a few looks we could imagine rocking in the boardroom. Below, Fortune‘s picks for the most office-appropriate ensembles to come out of last week’s NYFW: Men’s. Nick Graham says his clothes are a blend of tradition, attitude and pure fun. He calls it “Post-Prep.” Between the scarf and the pocket square, this outfit certainly qualifies for the “prep” part. But look closely: a mustache tie! Your hipster cred is restored. Hey, if women can get away with yoga pants in the office, we don’t see why men shouldn’t be able to wear sneakers. Especially crisp white ones like this guy is sporting with his look—another Nick Graham production. We’ll get back to you on the plaid suit/flowered shirt combo. This casual-yet-work-appropriate look is the epitome of Michael Bastian’s vision: making familiar clothing more modern and luxurious. While this probably won’t fly on Wall Street, we can see it at a startup or creative firm. Just do us a favor: Lose the shades in the conference room. This jacket takes a casual slacks-and-tee look and makes it sophisticated and work appropriate. So if you want to try to sneak your weekend look into the office, invest in a Zachary Prell jacket. We’re not really sure what’s going on in the crotch-area of these Loris Diran pants. But from the waist up, this is a winner. We call this Billy Reid look the ‘Kramer.’ All yourSeinfeld-quoting colleagues will love it—just make sure your office has sturdy door frames. Welcome to the suit of the future. The cropped sleeves and pants will certainly be a conversation starter at the office (though you may need ankle-warmers). Believe it or not, this is definitely one of the tamer versions of Thom Browne’s out-there suit designs. Who knew a low crew neck shirt and blazer could look so chic? We could see this Jeffrey Rudes look on the West Coast where collars are optional—but collarbone is encouraged. It wouldn’t be fashion week without a funky coat and pants with zippers. Looking for an in with your office Millennials? Try this JP Yim trench coat, which is cutting edge enough to rack up some cool points, but close enough to classic to pass in less uptight workplaces. Ah yes, back to basics. This Todd Snyder look is a cool option for a laid-back summer Friday. But maybe spare your colleagues the sandals. source: Fortune.com