Short sleeves at work. When it comes to this topic there are going to be a few gents up in uproar in aid of their beloved sleeve-free garment. Style vs Function definitely springs to mind whenever I notice this attire and just to be clear, this post doesn’t include those that have to wear a short-sleeved shirt as part of their uniform (although employers should take note). This is targeted at the unsightly combination of short-sleeved shirts and ties in the corporate environment. It’s for the guy who is sitting there right now and asking, “What’s wrong with wearing my short-sleeved shirts to the office”, well without any further hold up I’m going to tell you…
1 Reason To Not Wear A Short Sleeve Shirt To Work
It looks atrocious (I mean very unbalanced)
Whenever I see a guy wear a short-sleeved shirt and tie, I’m reminded of a film I saw many years ago with Michael Douglas called ‘Falling Down’ (and he was going bat crazy in that film if you haven’t seen it). I’ve never really understood why guys wore short-sleeved shirts (with a tie) in a corporate setting; yes I get that it may feel a bit more comfortable and the lack of sleeves definitely would make them feel cooler (temperature wise) but so would wearing their suit with shorts and yet you don’t see them doing that, do you?
Long sleeve or short sleeve? I can understand a footballer opting for a short-sleeved option on match day, as it probably feels less restrictive and provides the feeling of moving more freely. I wonder what the corporate short-sleeve wear needs the freedom to do, reach across for his stapler? That last analogy reminded me of Dwight from The Office, ha!
Either the mind likes to play tricks or I’m right in saying that it looks ok (and obviously better) to roll up the sleeves on a long-sleeved shirt. Perhaps its because the sleeves do not rise above the elbows, who knows? Either way I have no qualms with this.
Is It OK To Wear Short-Sleeved Shirts, Period?
I certainly think so; they definitely have their place. Just like shorts or white socks, the short-sleeved shirt fits perfectly in the casual environment. That means no tie and open collar (although there is a new trend of air ties going on). If and when opting for a short-sleeved shirt (when dressing casually); like all other menswear looks, make sure the fit is spot on. Think Daniel Craig playing 007 in Casino Royale. When you get a shirt that fits your body and you eschew the tie, you can’t go wrong.
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