Decoding Business Casual
What Does Business Casual Mean?
What is Business Casual?
The ‘More Means More Casual’ Rule
The MORE details a piece of clothing has, the MORE casual it is.
Think graphic tee vs the plan white tee. The simpler, more minimal the design, the more formal it will be.
The MORE colourful, the MORE casual.
When it comes to formality, neutral colours come off more professional and formal. Case in point - a light blue suit is more casual than a dark navy suit.
The MORE trendy, the MORE casual.
Items that rank higher in the formal scale tend to be more classic, timeless designs. Floral print shirts and athleisure pants can be safely placed in the casual section.
Let’s say you work in a standard 9-to-5 office that requires business casual attire. Here’s what your outfits for the week might look like:
Style Tips: Avoid these clichés
No: Tees Yes: Polo Shirts
The right polo shirt is your business casual secret weapon. It’s “dressier” than a t-shirt but more comfortable than a button-up.Plus, it works well under your jackets. Avoid polos made of pique cotton with huge logos, go for one with a more luxurious feel.
No: Gingham Shirt Yes: Striped Shirt
A striped shirt is always a better option if you want a break from solids. A fine striped shirt looks solid and professional from a distance. Up close, as the stripes become apparent, you subtly stand out without going overboard.
No: Chinos Yes: Cotton Dress Pants
The casualness of chinos cotton and the way it moves and folds makes it miss the mark when you want to look sharp and professional. Instead, go for wrinkle-resistant cotton blend pants that delivers the sharpness of wool trousers with the comfort of a chino.
No: Backpack Yes: Leather Messenger
Canvas backpacks make you look sloppy and unprofessional. Their straps can be unforgiving on nice tailoring like your blazer or sports jacket. Choose a smart looking leather messenger instead. Most come with multiple compartments to keep you organised on the go and the leather exterior naturally gives it a smart, classic look.
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