Your cubemates? Nine out of ten are sporting the same thing. You know, matching their brown leather belt to their brown leather loafers. And there’s nothing wrong with that – but if you feel like standing out from your by-the-book colleagues, we’ve cooked up a few business-casual combos that aren’t quite as common. And you can bet they’ll get you noticed (in all the right ways).

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1. Mix with abandon.
No matter what anyone tells you, your belt and shoes do not have to match. We swear. So rather than going the classic leather-on-leather route, mix a preppy plaid belt (see above) with a pair of rugged, lace-up boots that anchor your look with some edge.

2. Get crazy – from the calf down.
There’s no doubt about it: oxfords are an office staple. But next time you lace those puppies up, step away from the tube socks and throw on an anything-but-boring pair. Think loud prints and bold colors. You can even roll your pant hem up (but that’s only for the daring).

3. Know it’s all in the wrist.
Don a classic pinstripe shirt, roll the sleeves, and then buckle on a watch that stands out. We’re not talking black leather straps or sleek, stainless steel bracelets – try bands in hard-hitting hues (red, anyone?) and rich textures. What time is it? Who really cares when you look this good?

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By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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July 25, 2013