Whether you’re working in or moving toward your dream career, nothing makes an impression better than the perfect getup. Sure, most gigs require some type of uniform or dress code, but business casual doesn’t have to mean boring. Show everyone, from your colleagues to your clients, that you’re a cut above the rest with an ensemble that speaks volumes about your personality — and work ethic.
Can’t quite figure out how to dress the part and still keep it fresh? Not to fear, friends. Refinery29 and Levi’s® have joined fashionable forces to bring you one awesome starter kit — the basic essentials you’ll need to succeed with style. Here, we dress five professionals, from the cool music producer to the social media maven, using five staple pieces from the all-American label and a few accessories and tech gear that’ll have you, well, dressed to impress.
No matter your professional passions, click on to discover how to be the next stylish star on the rise.
The man behind the big ideas wants to stay true to his creative roots while still looking office appropriate. His fashion arsenal must reflect the most comfortable, stylish, yet professional aspects of his title. A cool tie? Yes! Sophisticated brogues? Check. Levi’s 511™ Skinny Commuter Trousers? Don’t leave home without them. Tie it all together with a unique briefcase, and you’ve got an ensemble conducive to innovative thinking.
The Hill-Side Indigo Herringbone Check Tie, $98, available at Steven Alan; Warby Parker Thatcher Revolver Black, $95, available at Warby Parker; Il Bussetto iPhone 4/4S Leather Cover, $62, available at Steven Alan; Ted Baker London 'Delsin' Wingtip Oxford, $275, available at Nordstrom; Bottega Veneta Brown Washed Patchwork Leather Dual Zip Briefcase, $3,155, available at Bluefly; Antica Cartotecnica Vintage Pencils, $28, available at The Ghostly Store; What Me Worry by Andrew Kuo, $49.95, available at Opening Ceremony; Levi’s 511™ Skinny Commuter Trousers, $78, available at Levi’s.
Just like his beats, the music producer’s style is super fresh. With a crisp T-shirt, dark shades, and showstopping kicks, he is the definition of cool comfort. But with long nights in the studio, you can bet he lives in his Levi’s 562™ Loose Taper Jeans. Definitely not your skinny jeans, these pants give him the room to move and groove — a definite necessity in this biz. And because this dope denim tapers in a bit at the leg ends, you'll have more opportunity to show of those sweet sneaks. Add an iPhone case that amplifies sound, rad headphones, and sick speakers, and you have a music man ready to top the charts.
The Hundreds Basic Snapback, $28, available at The Hundreds; Creative Recreation Cesario Sneaker in Maroon/Ice, $95, available at Revolve Clothing; Super by Retrosuperfuture Francis America Sunglasses, $185, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Levi’s 562™ Loose Taper Jeans, $64, available at Levi’s; Saturday Surf NYC Graphic Stripe Tee, $40, available at Bloomingdale's; Jambone Gold Hex Grill + Black Cap, $99, available at Beats by Jawbone; Audio-Technica Audiophile Closed-Back Dynamic Wooden Headphones, $1,199.95, available at Audio-Technica; Alesis AmpCase Headphone Amplifier Case for iPhone 4 & 4S, $99, available at Adorama.
Inspiration can hit no matter where the set designer travels. Whether she’s on location or at a flea market, she’s always ready to capture even the smallest of details with her instant camera. A few weeks, a mood board, and some tools later, and she’ll have created an award-winning set. Of course, along the arduous process, she has to stay as comfortable as possible. So, it’s no surprise this creative cutie depends on her Levi’s Bootcut Skinny Jeans to carry her through the day. Just pair the staple with a cool T-shirt when on the job and a chic tuxedo jacket for a night out, and you have an outfit that transitions as easily as those set walls.
Polaroid 300 Instant Camera, $69.99, available at Target; Holga Lens iPhone 4/4S Case, $394, available at Urban Outfitters; Levi’s Modern Rise Slight Curve Bootcut Skinny Jeans, $78, available at Levi’s; Best Made Company; The Gear Bag, $240, available at Best Made Company; Victorinox Plaid Swiss Army Knife, $24, available at Victorinox Swiss Army; Jonas Damon Wood Tool Set, $95, available at A+R; Pantone Pantone Chips Journal, $9.95, available at MOMA Store; 3.1 Phillip Lim Jacket With Chiffon Overlay, $695, available at La Garconne; ACNE Bay Burn Out T-Shirt, $60, available at FarFetch; Madewell City Storyteller Scarf, $59.50, available at Madewell.
Nowadays, a company isn’t ready to compete without a little community support. Enter: the social media maven. On 24/7 and a pro at communicating in 140 characters or less, she needs to feel calm and poised at all times, which is why she loves Levi’s Gingham Check Dress. Fun, easy, and current, this dress represents everything she loves about her favorite media platforms. Paired with a chic, classy iPad case, a fully-charged Wi-Fi-enabled device, and matching red lipstick, here you have an outfit ready to go viral. #amazing!
Marc Jacobs Quilted Crossbody iPad Case, $495, available at Neiman Marcus; Maslo Jewelry The Copper Age Bracelet White, $22, available at Need Supply Co.; Apple iPad 2, $399.99, available at Apple; Levi’s Gingham Check Dress, $88, available at Levi’s; HyperShop HyperJuice Portable iPod & iPad Charger, $128, available at Nordstrom; Simone Spalvieri and Valentina Del Ciotto Peas USB Hub, $32, available at MOMA Store; Zara Ankle Boot With Zip, $129, available at Zara; NARS Red Lizard - semi matte full powered red, $24, available at Sephora.
What we wouldn’t give to have a 9-5 that involved constant interaction with great vino. Though we may dream of a job full of varietals, the real experts are constantly working to educate themselves with the latest in wine-centric literature, technology, and accessories. And the best sommeliers even embrace the style of their favorite wines — classic, yet far from boring. Budding connoisseurs, take note: The perfect ensemble — Levi’s 511™ Skinny Sta-Prest™ Pants, a crisp button-down, and bow tie — will complement your next pour magically.
ASOS Tweed Bow Tie, $13.80, available at ASOS; Uncommongoods, Bar10der, $50, available at Uncommongoods; Levi’s 511™ Skinny Sta-Prest™ Pants, $78, available at Levi’s; Marc Jacobs White button down shirt, $255, available at Shopbob; Jakob Wagner & Menu Vignon Decanting Pourer + Vacuum Stopper Set, $50, available at A+R; Corkcicle Corkcicle Color stopper, $24.95, available at Corkicle; The Juice: Vinous Veritas by Jay McInerney, $16.84, available at Amazon; Common Projects Original Rec in Black, $380, available at Forward by Elyse Walker.