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ACING THE BUSINESS CASUAL LOOK

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With the rules for formal dressing taking on a decidedly casual approach, here’s how to master the business-casual look.

If you’re someone who loves the definition a suit lends, but also wants the comfort of a pair of jeans and a threadbare T-shirt, you may want to consider business-casual dressing. It combines smart semi-formal pieces that pass muster in an office environment while providing the comfort of casual wear. Here are five essentials to nail the look.

DARK DENIMS

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We aren’t talking about pairs with distressed detailing or outlandish washes. A pair of dark indigo jeans, with a straight fit is a business-casual staple. When teamed with a fine twill, multi-coloured checked or geometric-print shirt, it works as a lovely replacement for your regular trousers, without compromising on comfort.

PRESSED CHINOS

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If your formal dressing preferences lean towards old-school style, transitioning from formal trousers to jeans might seem a bit drastic. Fret not, because chinos make for the perfect in-between option. They look polished and appropriate to wear to a meeting, but are a more breathable and comfortable option for a busy day at work. Opt for colours such as brick red, charcoal and dark teal and wear a pair of corduroys to switch things up every once in a while. Pair them with shirts in muted shades like black, grey or navy to offset the vibrancy of your pants, or a blazer in the same colour.

A BLAZER

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If you are skipping the suit, a few neutral blazers are a must. They enhance a shirt’s appearance and even make a basic white or black T-shirt look snazzy. Remember that fit matters; after all, you don’t want to look sloppy. If you already own a few solid-coloured ones, opt for tweed blazers or ones with subtle patterns, fitted with a shawl collar. Rich blue, deep red, navy and hunter green are great for winter, as is mustard.

A STYLISH BAG

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A briefcase will look terribly out of place with a business-casual outfit, which is why it is worth investing in a messenger bag or a holdall, depending on what you have to carry. Leather bags are timeless, but if you find them too high-maintenance, pick one that combines leather and canvas.

2 comments

  • Thanks for the ideas!

    • Hi Pamkard,

      Happy to hear you liked our ideas. You can have a look at our latest posts and share your views.

      Cheers
      Team AS

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