I have been restricted to wear jeans for some time.
This look will only find a home on casual Friday. Make your own casual Friday with a fun tie that shows off your personality. The idea of casual business shorts excites me way more than it reasonably should.
Much like jeans, there are levels of casual to the button down shirt. For a more professional look, stay with the long sleeve collared button down and snap those buttons all the way to the chin.
For a way more casual approach, go with a short sleeve option and show off some chest hair with a few loose buttons. Because nothing says manly clothes like a peek of the pectorals. Dress exactly like your boss. Home Info Library About Us. There are definite rules here, though. Those baggy, clever tee shirts with funny sayings and cartoon characters?
Those are best left as pajamas, or better yet, back in the dorm room where they belong. Grown men can definitely pull off the tee shirt vibe, but stick with solid colors or solid with thin horizontal stripes in a contrasting color. Add a little edge with a fitted henley or v-neck cut.
Invest in several good pairs and keep them looking new by keeping them stain-free. Also avoid over washing them, which leads that quality pigment you paid for to fade away faster. Now swap in any one of blazer, shirt, trousers or chinos and shoes. You should be verging on smart casual territory. Swap in two and you should be bang on target. Swap in three and, depending on the circumstances, you might even be too smart.
Darker colours skew more formal, so smartening up can be as simple as turning down the lights. For example, take an olive green bomber jacket, white T-shirt, stonewashed jeans and white trainers. Now swap the olive bomber for a navy one, and the stonewashed jeans for indigo.
Suddenly it feels dressier. Even more so if you swap the white T-shirt for, say, mid-grey or charcoal, and the trainers for navy or black. The constituent styles are exactly the same, but the overall effect is very different. And the reverse is true: Another major factor that affects the relative smartness or casualness of a piece is texture. Swap the worsted wool for a matte flannel or tweed, however, and you both literally and metaphorically change the feel of the piece.
This will also often make the garment seem larger in size, which only adds to the more casual vibe, given that smarter looks are usually sleek and streamlined. This is a handy rule of thumb and forefinger that you can apply to casualise much any piece: As previously mentioned, throwing a blazer over T-shirt, jeans and trainers is as easy a move as any to nail smart casual.
But not all blazers are created equal: As also previously mentioned, a blazer with some texture will rub up the right way with jeans. As will one cut a little shorter, perhaps also with slightly slimmer, more contemporary lapels.
Finally, ripping out the padded shoulders and canvassed chest found in smart blazers will also make them feel more casual, not to mention comfortable. But upgrading to a polo shirt will instantly smarten a casual rig. It also commonly comes in fabrics such as Oxford cloth or chambray, which are less smooth and shiny.
But substituting a fine-gauge knit in merino, cashmere or even cotton for these thick, casual and sporty pieces can lend a soupcon of sophistication. A knitted blazer is somewhere between the two. A word or 23 on roll necks: Legwear is usually a smart casual sticking point.
Your pins are an oft-missed opportunity to not formalise an outfit, but also flex. Going back to the bomber jacket, T-shirt, jeans and trainers example, swapping the jeans for tailored trousers can not only look smart, but also fashionable. Which is why most guys stick to jeans or chinos. What makes a smart shoe more casual? For those reasons, wingtips , Derbies , loafers , Chelsea boots and chukkas are better bets than office-y Oxfords.
Basically, it’ll look different enough than the jumper and shirt without looking out of place. It will also be that little bit more comfortable to wear. Smart Casual Final Rules. There are a few ground rules when it comes to the men’s smart casual dress code. Not business-y, but never too casual, the notion of a refined yet comfortable office dress code is dangerously ambiguous, without some concrete perimeters. We've witnessed the horror: men in ill-fitting shirts, baggy trousers and indistinguishable blazers, failing at office style and subconsciously slipping down the corporate ladder. The result? Endless confusion. Or men in blazers and open-neck business shirts.” Don’t be those guys. What Smart Casual Means Today. Smart casual means nothing, so it can mean anything. According to Mr Porter’s Style Advice page, the smart casual gamut comprises “pretty much anything smarter than a tracksuit, but less formal than a suit”.