You don’t need crazy shirts and chalkstripes to stand out at work

Steve Dinneen
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THE office is no place for garish attire. Save that for weddings. Or, better yet, save it altogether. As London Collections: Men, the incredibly successful London mens’ fashion week, has shown us, the worlds of fashion and practicality don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

At the same time, nobody wants to fade into the background with their work wardrobe – and little touches can take an outfit from dull to distinguished. Here are some of our favourite ways to personalise your look without making a terminal fashion faux pas.

Richard James pocket square
The pocket square is the perennial friend of the dapper gentleman. It’s a splash of colour that says “I’m quietly stylish”.

TM Lewin tie slider
Add an extra touch of class to your look with a classic tie slider like this silver piece from TM Lewin. And it will stop your tie blowing in the summer breeze.

A Suit That Fits lining
Keep things professional on the outside and express yourself on the inside. A Suit That Fits will print any photo you like on the lining of your jacket, like the classic car above.
Lining £105; suits from £289;

1 Like No Other shirt
The white shirt may reign supreme in the office but that doesn’t mean you can’t stand out. This Peru shirt has textured fabric and prints under the cuffs. £140;

Paul Smith cufflinks
These classy but cool cufflinks from Paul Smith will give your work outfit a talking point without making you look too blingy

Falke socks
Sensible suit, party socks. As long as they are not over the top, socks can add a splash of colour to an otherwise businesslike suit.

Foundwell antique tie pin
If you’re a sucker for detail, this antique gold tie pin will add elegance and personality to your office style.