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Cool Accessories to Spice up Boring Corporate Attire

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So you live in a grey building, ride a grey bus and work in a beige cubicle. To say your life is ho-hum and boring would be an understatement, as a depiction of your day to day could put a hyper-three year old, that has been living off of ice-cream and gummy bears for the last three days, to sleep. You don’t have to surrender to the beige though! You can be bold! Here are some corporate accessories that can spice up even the most drab suit or attire.

See Also: If Fortune 500 Companies Were Run by Ruthless Generals

Happysocks

If you’re not convinced by the name that these socks will make you smile, then you have no soul my unfortunate friend. Give the Color a chance though, I know it’s probably uncomfortable and will make you initially shake a little, but when you look down at your ankles and see a polka dot peeking out from under your hem it’s sure to make you smile, even just a little. A warning though, don’t do it too much because looking at your ankles from a distance looks like your staring at your crotch. You can get them here.

Tie it right

Sometimes the corporate system of oppression demands blind adherence to its mandated accoutrements.  So what choice do you have than to wear a tie if the dress-code commands it? You could always go for something boring and solid, or you could make women swoon and men’s faces melt with your overwhelming awesomeness with these ties. Actually that was just a cringe/ share worthy Etsy find; these are actually the ties.

Male Jewelry

It’s easy to go from looking like a corporate lackey to Sicilian mob boss with the addition of just one humble pinkie ring. There are jewellery options though, that won’t make you look like a member of a crime family and still add a bit of pizazz to any outfit. Check out this shop for something a bit more quirky like a tie bar with a chef’s knife or revolver, and this one for wooden bow ties, cufflinks and tie bars. And yes, you read that right, wooden bowties. Or fly your geek flag high with these cufflinks.

Shoes

Ah, you always thought that dress shoes have to be little toe pinching, back aching affairs didn’t you? Well, you’d be wrong. Dress shoes are finally stepping out from the shadow of their ancestors oppressive past, and just like any other well-adjusted rebellious teenager, they’re dying their hair strange colors. Grab yourself a pair of these comfy wingtips (yes I used comfy and wingtips in the same sentence, just trust me) that not only will cushion your bad knees, but also make you look good while doing it. 

Side Note: Laces

I know this may seem like a reversion to your days as a teenage skater punk, but adding a dash of color with the addition of (subtly Liberace) colored laces can add a bit of visual interest, but won’t be distracting since they’re on the lower part of your outfit.

What to avoid

Well since we’re in this together, I guess I better warn you about certain…well let’s say, indiscretions. Avoid what I lovingly call ‘Punch in the Face’ colors. That includes anything you think would be an appropriate match for a bridesmaid costume…I mean dress. Also, anything that would feel at home in the 80s and 90s day-glow clothes rack.

See Also: Corporate Fashion Advice from a Deranged Street Preacher

Do you have any other advice our fashion impaired friends can benefit from? Well let me know in the comment box below and feel free to follow me on CareerAddict.com.

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