My take on business casual
Business casual is a rather amorphous concept that means different things to different people. Some clothes horses loathe the very idea and refuse to ever engage in the practice.
But for some of us working in business formal environments, business casual days can be an opportunity to bring on just a little more flair, without looking like a 1999 Banana Republic ad either.
And conversely, for those in rather casual environment but with an itch to dress up a little and still not looking too formal and out of place, there’s an opportunity to do a bit more without doing too much.
My version of business casual is simple. Here’s my recipe in seven steps:
1. Put a patterned shirt on : gingham check, tattersall, striped OCBD… (stay tasteful though!). A valid exception would be a plain OCBD.
2. Put a sport coat on : go for the tweed, the rougher textures and interesting patterns, shepherd’s checks, windowpane, etc… Various level of boldness here depending on work environment and “risk appetite"
3. Leave the tie at home : this is where some of my brethren sartorialists disagree with me, but it isn’t business casual for me if I’m wearing a tie, even a knit or a wool one.
4. Keep the trousers simple : either cotton or wool, brown, grey, tan, olive, an occasional navy. No stripes or crazy patterns down there
5. Go for the more country shoes : split-toe, norweger, suede brogue, monk, etc… I leave the more elegant lasts and oxfords home for the more formal outfits.
6. Wear a sport watch : this is time for the Rolex, the Sinn, the Panerai, the vintage chrono on a NATO strap. I keep the classier dress watches for the suit days.
7. Stray away from steps 1 to 6 when you just feel like it !
Feel free to reply & post your version of business casual.