Want to know about the most stylish trends for the year? Take a look at our guide for the best business casual dressing. Gone are the formal suit and tie wear that corporations used to demand. In with the trendy casual smart look that turns heads – including your own.
So, get into shopping mode, because that suit without a tie and all the sexy extras are what you need to dress for success this year.
Evolution of the latest business-casual
Business-casual came about in the 1980s when men were starting to make their mark on the world. Entrepreneurs sprang up around the country, keen to leverage the power of the internet for personal success. And the doors were opened to a time of self-expression that soon became a culture.
Individuality replaced formality, and the new metro-sexual developed a firm stronghold in the workplace. Casual, sexy, and comfortable became the new norm, replacing the traditional dress code.
Chinos and polo t-shirts were designed for comfort, but they didn’t quite hit the high mark. Fashion-conscious men soon cottoned on to the idea of personal brand dressing. Besides, the new business-casual made them feel good, and it expressed their identity and brand far better than the more casual wear suited to time outside the office.
Get your wardrobe updated express your brand
In short, the new sexy business-casual means developing a style like James Bond. Be stylish without being stuffy. Think unstructured suits and pants. Avoid the matching jacket and pants.
Choose a subtly colored jacket, with small or no shoulder padding that is loose fitting or sexily styled to mold to your upper body like a second skin. Show off your toned upper workout look, without sacrificing comfort.
Ramp up your ‘formal’ jacket look with a soft, unstructured blazer made from natural fibers like Merino wool, for example. Italian designs have nailed this look.
Yes, you can still wear chinos. But only if they’re matched with a stylish jacket or cardigan. Black tight-fitted jeans are just formal enough to round off your look. Current trending modern trouser styles offer a vast array of choices to build your brand.
Go for the overall casual look of chinos, and tapered drawstring athletic-type trousers. Add the casual but smart t-shirt for the more relaxed office environment.
Otherwise, dress up your look with tight denim, a smart shirt, and a loose-fitted jacket. Your wardrobe choices will rely heavily on your office dress code. Get it right with the You also don’t want your clothing to be too tight, because you’re going to be the butt of many jokes.
Speaking of butts, now’s the time to select pants that are tailored to your shape. Do fit on your lower body, but (butt) also without being tight.
jackets and pants are the targets here
Lara Connor, fashion blogger and academic and lab report writer has some advice here. She says the fit is good. Tight is like the woman who dresses for a nightclub during office hours. That’s not the look you want to aim for. Different color. Mismatched but matched colors!
Avoid tailored trousers that have a bright shiny sheen, unless you’re going to the Oscars. The shine is outdated and way too formal for the office. Trousers made from thin, shiny fabrics are also ‘so yesterday’ and do nothing for your brand. Textured fabrics are in. The selection of thicker and thinner textured trousers will depend on the season, but texture adds character.
Textured business casual also goes well with denim, which delivers a smoother look. Denim is good when devoid of all the studs, stripes, and shiny stuff. Find a good balance between plain and flashy when it comes to denim because too much creativity is not always a good thing at the office.
As stated, match and mismatch make for an elegant, sophisticated look that is in harmony. Formal on top, less formal below. A formal jacket, informal shirt, informal pants, and formal shoes make the man.
Alternately, go for less formal on top with an elegant cardigan, combined with fitted jeans, and complete the look with brogues or trainers to dial down your look, while still hitting the mark.
Plain cotton shirts in muted tones, fitted or unfitted also fit the bill for the business-casual dress. Aim for a fitted shirt with a collar together with tapered denim. Dress up your look with a sophisticated cardigan—all in muted tones.
Loud colors are not going to impress at the office, but a contrasting shirt can deliver the individual personality that you want to demonstrate. Loose-fitted t-shirts with jeans look good for office attire when dressed up with an informal jacket.
Ensure your t-shirt is of good quality and is not too loose-fitting. Otherwise, you’ll look sloppy. Dress your casual sit down with a tight-fitted t-shirt and sneakers that respect your workplace, without looking ‘too smart.’
Go for a jock look rather than a nerd style
And avoid the traditional shirt collar and V-neck cardigan. You’re not wearing a tie, so ditch this look, pronto! The days of stiff-collared formal shirts are in the past, where they should stay.
Elegant shoes typically look good with most clothes, except athletic wear. They jazz up jeans or tapered trousers for that successful, pro look. Depending on your office, the sleek shoe is always smart and appropriate, but you may want to go for a rougher jock look with brogues and jeans.