So either wear a jacket and tie or wear neither. As with so many dress codes, smart casual attire falls somewhere between personal expression and societal convention. GImme a break… Everything goes with a combination and occasion and Mr Author u failed to do that. As well as shoes.
Again, you want to make sure your pants match the rest of your outfit. And remember, fit is key. You might even consider getting those chinos tailored. At the very least, make sure the hem line stops just above your shoes. Should you choose the latter, you want to avoid overly athletic sneakers.
Instead, rock a clean pair of minimal sneakers. Similarly, the closest you should get to sandals is a pair of clean, tasteful moccasins, espadrilles or similar. The point is, material and cleanliness matter, as does an orderly look that blends with the remainder of the outfit. And while a nice leather belt is more or less mandatory, everything else is up to you.
In general, you want accessories that accentuate your personal style without veering too far in the direction or either formal wear or street style. In other words, a nice watch, ring, bracelet, pair of killer shades, sharp hat or even pocket square can be the perfect closer on your smart casual get up. Have you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram.
This article is part of our Suited and Booted Series You may also like: What is Smart Casual Attire for Men? Featured , Men's Fashion Advice. Featured , Men's Fashion Trends. Top 7 Winter Fashion Trends for Men. This outfit is actually quite safe when it comes to dressing business casual. You can pull this look off in two ways: With dress pants or with chinos. The dress pants will give you a dressier look whereas the chinos are a tad more casual.
Both looks will probably be fine if your office has this standard of business-casual, but the dress pants will give you a more professional edge. The latter works too, but dress pants will slide the look back towards business a bit. This is the most casual of the business-casual looks. It leaves both the jacket and tie at home. Like with the previous look, go with dress pants rather than chinos to avoid venturing too far into casual territory.
Wearing a tie without a jacket makes you look boyish. Not a professional look, my friend. So either wear a jacket and tie or wear neither. Just having it around will make the tie look deliberate.
Now you know how to make business casual work. Be the guy that gets it right. Take it one step up. I do have one question. What are the general guidelines for pairing pants and jackets? Is one generally light and one generally dark?
Very informative, thank you. I do have a question. What are the general rules of style when matching pants with a jacket? One light, the other dark? As well as shoes. Are short sleeve dress shirts in summer weather acceptable with business casual attire? The short sleeves tend to have holes that are far too big for most guys. As I read this site, I thought it was great and very enlightening. I concluded that, as you well explained, business casual is not a single dress code with a very specific level of formality, but ranges from most formal to most casual within it, with many variables and layers.
Now, I wanted to suggest or rather ask that, just as there is the suit sans tie, there is also the counterpart of wearing suit separates non-matching jackets with a tie, is there not? If it is, would this be the equivalent to the suit without a tie in terms of level of formality?
Do you mean wearing a suit jacket with pants from another suit? That would be similar to the odd jacket as explained above.
Wearing separates comes with some risk. If you wear your suit jacket out too often without the pants, you might find one day that they no longer match, as wearing it out can cause slight discoloration over time. Love your definition of business casual! I will always remember that description. Your idea to dress down business wear instead of dressing up casual wear is spot-on and exactly what I needed.
Thanks for your help! By far the best explanation of business casual I have found. I can stop searching. Thanks Robert, you have cleared up the whole business casual dilemma. Hi Robert, This is one of the best resource that explains about dressing and thanks a ton for sharing this with everyone. Can you also advice on belt-less ideas for casual and semi-formal occasions? This blog gives huge knowledge for boys clothing sense.
Keep sharing this kind of stuff. Awesome post my man, I think blazers are one of the best pieces for business casual outfits. They look good with jeans, a t-shirt, and practically any footwear: Hi , thanks a lot for this informative article , and i have a question? May I go with lighter colors in pants white , piege along with navy blue blazer?!! Is it suitable for a town hall meeting?!
Yes, you can wear lighter color pants with navy blue blazer. Dressing down from formal was exactly what I needed to read. That was a great way of explaining business casual. I know someone already said that but I wanted to put my. Sorry for reading this article so late. By the way, yeah, there are a lot of articles for this topic, but yours was the best by far. Some of those trousers are too tight and actually make many a man fatter in the middle area than he actually is.
Trousers are supposed to be relatively wide so that the back creases reaches the top of the soles on the shoes. Also, many men do not pay enough attention to the seat of the trousers — firm, not tight, not loose.
The thigh area should not have to much excess fabric, but enough to allow for movement. The lower leg should be of a decent width — on average, around 9. I will not take no for an answer. Great article and very well explained. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone.
Many thanks for your share. Excellent once again Robert. I now have a better understanding of business casual.
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