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How to Wear Office Trousers Without Looking Like a Stockbroker

Here’s a recurring question among the denizens who dwell between the four walls that encapsulate the team that is Man Repeller: How do I wear trousers while still feeling like I look cool?

Now that we know “cool” does not have to be the end-all-be-all trait to aspire towards, the question takes on new meaning. How do I wear trousers while still feeling like I am representing my best self? Of course, to answer this question, you must have at least a vague sense of what it means to feel like your best self.

If that self is a cross between Bianca Jagger, a financial analyst and someone who seems, I don’t know, just too tired to take a shower or whatever, you might want to consider…

Sally Lapointe tank, Isabel Marant pants, Marni earrings, Jennifer Fisher necklace, Chanel loafers

A sequined tank, under-eye bags, forgiving trousers that dutifully allow for high-sodium-content meals and a necklace that dances across your collarbone as opposed to your cleavage.

If, however, your best self is actually a cross between Larry David, Iris Apfel and the guts your mama gave you, try…

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Ellery jacket, Rosie Assoulin T-shirt, Golden Goose sneakers, Warby Parker sunglasses

A full suit worn with running sneakers. But not just any suit! One with vaginal ruffles climbing up the sleeves because, duh, reproductive rights. I was going to wear New Balances, but I didn’t. Feel free to add your own flair.

And finally, if you wish you lived far away from the Americas, but ended up living someone else’s life here on a trading floor, why not wear…

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Muzungu Sisters caftan, Creatures of Comfort pants, Walk of Shame trench coat — similar here, Gucci sandals and Hermès headscarf

Loud enough and long enough clothes to completely obstruct the presence of your stockbroker pants.

So there you have it, ppl. I’m done.

Photos by Krista Anna Lewis.

Leandra M. Cohen

Leandra M. Cohen is the founder of Man Repeller.

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