Deserted are the days when dressing in a suit and tie made you okay enough to go to the office. Not that it isn't a good look. It is just a look that has been there for centuries and there is nothing more annoying than doing the same thing over and over again!
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Hence the introduction of business casual dressing that has completely changed the office dressing game as we know it.
Sometimes, people make the mistake of dressing way too casual and trying to pass it off as business like. No. You wearing those ripped jeans and that fitting blazer or cardigan and a printed t-shirt doesn't make up for the business part of the casual.
It just makes you look unprofessional though it is a stylish piece you should try out when going out for that barbeque with your friends during the weekend.
Dressing up business casual isn't as hard as it seems. Wear your normal suit with a nice dress shirt, ditch the tie and opt to let free one or two of your buttons and wallah! You have already perfected your first business casual look without looking like you are trying too hard.
Sometimes though, when you feel uncomfortable about popping those buttons and too uncomfortable about the thought of living that tie behind, pull on a scarf (if the weather allows it) and just enjoy your new look!
But, what if there is another way of playing around with your shirt? Try wearing a v-neck t-shirt or a crisp crew-neck with that well-pressed blazer and marvel at just how sleek the whole look is going to pull itself together.
Point to note however is that you have to try as much as possible to where t-shirts that have neutral colours just in case you have to loose your blazer. No one wants to be seen as informal at a formal setting.
Moving on to the pants, you might have a relaxed workplace and for that, are allowed to wear jeans. Always wear dark coloured jeans (the blacks, the greys and the navy blues) so that you might still maintain that outward professionalism you have going.
If your workplace isn't as relaxed with the rules, then khakis, wool and sometimes corduroys - for the colder days - are your best friends. They all come in different colours so changing up your look might not be as hard. Remember, the key here is to make sure your pant colour is a different colour from your blazer and that they are slim fitting.
The pair of threads you have sporting can also change your look drastically. Dress shoes are awesome for business looks but dress boots - neutral coloured leather ones that have been taken care of correctly - can shake up your whole look and give you both the laid back and business look you are trying to achieve.
You can even try out the loafers without socks on and oxford suede shoes. They also give the desired effect.
If you are not feeling the whole blazer look but still want to look professional, best try to play around with neutral coloured cardigans, not buttoned down and showing your dress shirt perfectly.
You can also incorporate a tie into this and it will still look as dapper with it like it did without it. Sometimes, you might go to the edge of the cliff and decide, why not try colors and this might introduce you to the tweed coat that will be your best friend in those sulky dark colours in the office.
Never forget, these outfits are only nice when you find fitting ones. No one sees baggy clothing as professional (unless we are talking about that black time in the early two thousands!).
Always seek to find clothes that make you feel powerful and help you slim down or show off those muscles you've been working for at the gym.
Again, avoid clothes that are two sizes too small because they tend to ride up and make you look like you are being suffocated by your own clothes or that you just don't want to admit you have grown a bit since puberty.
Dressing business casual is a way of playing around with items already available at affordable prices while trying to stop with the same old dress routine you have. Go on! Play around with those items you never thought you'd wear to the office and see just how fun it will be.
Men's Business Casual Looks