These days, fewer companies are enforcing traditional business attire, opting instead for a more relaxed, business casual dress code. As such, the question many gentlemen are asking is this: what exactly is business casual and how do I execute it?
The short answer? It depends. The “casual” level of your dress code often depends on the type of environment you work in. For example, what’s acceptable at a startup tech company may not be tolerated at a law firm. So while that means the lines are often shades of grey, there are still a few black and white standards of style you can keep close to the vest.
Here are our suggestions on how to master the art of business casual attire:
Proper fit is imperative.
Just because dress codes have become more relaxed doesn’t mean the fit of your clothing should too. If your trousers are too short or the excess fabric of your dress shirt pools over at the waistline, it can instantly have a negative effect on how you’re perceived. It doesn’t matter if each piece comes from a designer label and high price tag—poor fit can make the most expensive attire look cheap. You will never regret investing in custom tailoring and alterations.
Keep it simple.
Skip the clothing with loud, distracting patterns, as it may dress you down more than you intended. Regardless of which side of the scale your office tips, we always recommend adding simple, well-made pieces to your closet that can be mixed and matched for a variety of business casual looks. Owning sports shirts in a variety of colors and tan, navy, black, and grey trousers will give you a lot of versatility throughout the work week.
It's always better to err on the side of business.
The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to business casual attire is that you should be dressing down your business wear, not dressing up your casual wear. If you’re unsure what the true definition of business casual is for your office, remember it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. If you look at your colleagues and find that most are dressed in a simple sports shirt and dress trousers, your sport coat can always be removed.
Incorporating style and comfort into your office wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to stop dressing for success. While the world around us continues to adjust to an era of business casual fashion, you can trust that we will always hold ourselves to the highest standard of Men’s Fine Apparel. Dress well, exude confidence, and earn the respect and of clients, executives, and colleagues alike.