Some Rules Are Meant to Be Broken

Work place style has evolved, there’s no doubt about that. Whether you work at a law firm, in a doctor’s office, or are part of the financial or professional services industries or you’re a teacher, the guidelines for workplace dress are drastically different than they were 10 years ago. Business casual rules were shattered years ago and if you’re unsure what’s de rigeur at the moment, visit us at Bingham’s in Columbia and we’ll help you out. 

What they wore then: A suit with shoulder pads big enough on which to land a plane, a solid-colored shirt and tie. 

What you wear now: Comfortable, form-fitting sport coat from Byron over a casual button-down patterned shirt by Eton or David Donahue with a pair of neat jeans. No holes.  ‘

What they wore then: Short-sleeve shirts in the summer with a tie and dress slacks. Sorry to bring back terribly vivid memories. 

What you wear now: An untucked shirt from johnnie-O, a half-zip coordinating pullover and chinos by 34 Heritage. Skip the pocket protector

 

What they wore then: A too-big V-neck sweater, tie and solid-colored button down shirt. Pleated khakis down below. 

What you wear now: Pants with pleats should find their way into your closet if you have larger legs or carry more weight around your midsection. Otherwise, pleats shouldn’t be having a moment in your wardrobe, gentlemen. Flat-front pants are flattering on slim men of all ages and are quite flattering. Paired with a cashmere sweater and vibrantly patterned shirt, you’ll be ready to take a seat at the conference room table in this getup. 

 

What they wore then: Lace-up dress shoes or stodgy and stiff leather loafers.

What you wear now: Refined sneakers or slip-on shoes from Trask will make you feel like you’re walking around the office on air.  

The staff at Bingham’s believes the laidback look is here to stay, at least for a while. Stop in at our store and we’ll help you put some casual clothing options to work for you. See you soon! 

 

Tan Shoes + Dark Suit = High Style

Can you wear tan dress shoes with a dark suit? YES!

Tan Shoes + Dark Suit = High Style

When suggesting tan shoes to buyers, the most frequent question we usually get is – can you wear tan dress shoes with a dark suit? Our answer is usually a big “YES”. Even though they are not the type of shoes you can wear with just anything, tan shoes can create everything, from casual looks for relaxed days out, to smart outfits that are perfect for the office.

If you are wondering what to wear with tan shoes, and you don’t have the intention of creating a summery style look, then an easy solution would be to go for darker colors. You can pair your dress tan shoes with black or classic navy suits to create a sharp, put-together look that is perfect for any formal occasion. We have a great collection of tan shoes from Allen Edmond that come in a wider range of tones, which can help add serious style to dark suits.  Take a look:

Strand Cap-toe Oxfords with Dainite Rubber Sole + Coppley Suit

cap toe coppley

 

The above Allen Edmond shoe would be a perfect pair for wearing with the Byron suit. They make a perfect combo for the office. We have a huge selection of Allen Edmond shoes as well as Byron suits that you can choose from.

Strand Cap-toe Oxfords + Elegant Dark Suit by Paul Betenley

Betenley

This Allen Edmond shoe is another great tan shoe that can go well with dark suits, more specifically the ones from Coppley. The above combination is also great for the office. You can choose a wide variety of Coppley’s dark colored suits at our store to match with your tan shoes.

Strand Cap-toe Oxfords with Dainite Rubber Sole +  Slim Cut Suit by Byron

Byron

 

Pairing this Allen Edmond’s shoe with a dark slim cut suit by Byron will also result in an elegant and classy look.

We have a variety of shoes from Allen Edmond and suits from Byron, Coppley and Paul Betenley, which come in elegant styles. Stop by at our Binghams Clothing Store in Columbia, Missouri for these and more.