The term business casual is usually used in reference to a laid back look that still has a touch of business formal to it. When it comes to male fashion, one might think they have little or no room to experiment. Guys wear t-shirts and shorts on the weekend and a suit and tie Monday to Friday. This notion is about to change for you. The term casual for a man in terms of his clothing, only came about in 1966. Before that, all they had was day wear and night wear, which usually included suits, coats, dress pants and dress shirts.
In the early 90’s Levis created a range of high-end khaki pants and this changed the face of casual menswear, They went from jeans and shorts all the time to adding a bit of a preppy look. Today casual Fridays is a norm at the office for both men and women. This doesn’t always have to mean denim and a t-shirt. One is allowed to experiment without looking business inappropriate.
In today’s digital world working from home is not unusual. You might have meetings to attend or errands to run that require you to look business ready, so business casual looks are a must for your closet. You need to know your personal taste and what looks good on your body type. Find a stylist to work with you or better yet get a Pinterest account and search for male bloggers who have similar taste to yours or similar body types.
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Wwhen it comes to business casual looks the focus is all on the right fit. You need your looks tailored to perfection, this is your chance to really show us what you are working with.
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Get some fitted blazers as a wardrobe staple; pinstripes and checked prints work well with business casual looks. Go for navy blue and grey, stay away from black and excessively bright colors like pastel. The key is to look like a laid back boss so maybe leave the bright blazer for Saturday at the country club with the boys.
Loose the tie, you want to feel free even in that button down shirt. Get more white shirts, fitted of course. You need t-shirts preferably the ones with a collar. When it comes to shirts feel free to play around with color, keep it subtle but never shy away from light pinks, baby blues, mint green and other fun warm tones.
To replace a tie maybe go for a pocket square or some fancy cuff links. Trust that you will need a pair of sunglasses with classic frames to give you that sense of edgy. When it comes to pants try chino pants, fitted denim or even a pair of smart shorts. You need to feel comfortable because that also translates to your confidence level. Nothing too tight just well-fitting and never baggy. Keep it classy and never tacky.
You will need some man luggage as well; perhaps a proper briefcase or the ultimate book bag. Treat yourself to something luxurious or vintage depending on your personal style. Foot wear should act as an accessory; maybe leave the socks at home for this look. Try a pair of sneakers, moccasins or a nice pair of velvet loafers.
Here is a look at how you can bring your business casual together…
Get ready to look like a stylish, laid back boss at your next Friday business meeting!