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Six Stylish Work-Wear Pieces for Men and Weekend Alternatives

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July 2022
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Work Hard / Play Hard

Whether you're getting suited-and-booted or shopping for more of a casual weekend look. Discover six nine-to-five pieces and their out of office alternatives.

The Work Shirt

A plain white shirt is a must for office wear as it’s versatile and sophisticated. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a high-quality designer brand – we love this Boss shirt at Flannels.
Shirt, £99 Boss at Flannels, Middlesbrough

The Play Shirt

This white shirt with mint stripes keeps it classy whilst also shaking off your mundane weekday shirts.
Shirt, £169 Ami Paris at Aphrodite, Sunderland

The Work Blazer

You’re going to the office, not a funeral – blacks are to be avoided and this rich navy suit jacket is seriously kind on the eye. It also has a modern slim fit and luxurious lining.
Blazer, £329 JOOP at Jules B, Jesmond

The Play Blazer

There’s a fine line between looking like Bond and looking daft when it comes to a stylish suit jacket. This one is fun and bright without being overbearing.
Blazer, £139.99 Mr Munro, Newcastle

The Work Ring

A distinguished signet ring is a must for any man’s wardrobe. You can opt for gold or silver, but silver goes well with most suits – like this sterling silver oval ring from David Summerfield.
Signet ring, £110 David Summerfield, Metrocentre and Chester-le-Street

The Play Ring

These silver rings are made beside the North East coast and inspired by the fractured surface of Mars’ Valles Marineris canyons. Each ring is uniquely ‘fractured’ so that no two are the same.
Sterling silver ring, £177

The Work Trousers

Another smart navy cut, these understated trousers are made from a lightweight mix of wool and polyester that’s soft to the touch.
Trousers, £50 John Lewis & Partners, Newcastle

The Play Trousers

These light sky blue tweed trousers would look great with a crisp white shirt.
Trousers, £120

The Work Bag

This ultra-premium laptop bag is a work appropriate statement piece, designed in Tynemouth from Italian leather.
Laptop bag, £159

The Play Bag

Ideal for taking away with you or running some errands in style, this waterproof rolltop rucksack is perfect for all manner of weekend activities.
Rucksack, £95 Rains at End, Newcastle

The Work Outerwear

This navy checked overcoat from Torre is perfect for putting over a jacket or even as an alternative to a traditional blazer. It’s light enough to not look drab in summer, but retains a traditional feel that won’t seem out of place heading to and from the office.
Overcoat, £106.50 Torre at Brookes Tailors, Barnard Castle

The Play Outerwear

Shining bright with summer vibes – this sky blue overshirt is ideal for when you need something light that’ll still keep the breeze off.
Overshirt, £140 Hugo Boss at Northern Threads, South Shields

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