T-Shirts at work.
Listen, the look of a well-worn t-shirt can be awesome but there are a couple of rules for your own personal branding that every guy should be aware of, at least IMHO.
First of all, no logos at work. Logo shirts are ok for home or the gym, but not for work. Nike is an athletic brand for the gym. Your local "fun run" shirt is great for washing the car. And a t-shirt with your favorite brand on it is fine for watching a movie ... unless of course it's a vintage shirt.
If you are going to wear a t-shirt to work, make it a fashion t. One that makes it look like you've thought about how you look. And ideally wear it under a blazer or a cardigan ... or partner it with a cool scarf to look like you take this job seriously. Put some thought into your brand!
Secondly, make sure it's clean and properly fitted. Yes, dare I say clean ... you should see some of the stuff we see in NY! And yes, even a t-shirt should have a proper fit. Nothing worse than a t that is either too small (yuck) or too big (ugh). Fitted is the key. Fitted at the top and around the arms for a nice clean look ---- and a little loose (just a little) around the bottom so that it falls around the waist just right. Perfection.
A shirt that's too big and too long makes you look sloppy, no matter your fitness. And ironically, the less fit you are then the less you want the t too big. Ironically.
So go ahead and wear a cool t- shirt to work - it can be a great look. Provided you are cautious about fit and style.
Yeah, I guess it is my age. But it's your personal brand that you should be concerned about. And conscious about.
What's your experience? Jim.
- President, Cohn & Wolfe NA
- Author, The Experience Effect series
- Professor, NYU
- Contributor, Entrepreneur