Business Casual means what again!? Most office environments require some form a casual business attire for men, but what does that mean? Well, frankly, it means a lot of things. Business casual ranges from just below business all the way down to weekend wear, depending on your environment. The key is being able to adjust….
Sport Jacket / Blazer
The beauty of a sport jacket, is that it looks so sharp when you wear it, but it’s also a highly versatile piece — because you can wear it with almost anything and you can take it off. On, and you’re looking sharp, ready for your client meeting. Off and you’re another one of the guys, sleeves rolled up and ready to get some real work done.
What Does The Material Say About You?
A fully lined, wool jacket gives you a sharper look and an unconstructed cotton jacket will give off a casual vibe.
It’s All About the Buttons, Baby.
When it comes to differentiating blazers, it’s all in the buttons. Brass gives the blazer a preppy feel while black or silver buttons are more low key and minimalist.
Sure you can wear a white dress shirt or a blue business shirt, but a more casual environment encourages you to stretch out and expand into more interesting color and pattern choices.
Diversity is your friend. From dress wool slacks, to colored cotton chinos, business casual lets you shake things up. Branch out and try something interesting, but remember this – If you are wearing a bright or strong shirt, wear understated pants.
Sometimes even business casual could use a tie. Again, don’t feel restricted here with your options, but remember this rule:
A patterned shirt needs a solid tie.
Well, it’s not so much a rule as a guide. Matching patterns is difficult, so, if you are just starting out, it’s best to keep each outfit to a single pattern.
Not required, but regularly admired. This should go with the tie, but not match it. When in doubt, a white cotton pocket square is always sharp.
More casual. More colorful. Fewer socks. Choose bluchers with a jacket and a tie, or lose the socks and tie and throw on a pair of pennys.
Unlike a dress watch, this one can be a little chunkier, if you want. Have fun.