Business casual outfits for Men

What is business casual?

There is a lot of confusion around business casual because

  • HR usually doesn’t provide images of what they mean
  • It can vary from industry to industry
  • ultimately everyone has their own interpretation of it

Business casual is a step down from a formal (think- suits) dress code, but isn’t as casual as a no dress code (think- tee and jeans). It still has to have a professional feel, look and most importantly represent your company in the right way.

As a private styling in New York City, I’ve worked with many clients who needed help navigating this dress code. They didn’t want to dress in a traditional way of a long sleeve button down, baggy khakis and dress shoes. 

My clients wanted to develop a classic, effortless looking business casual style and with my help they looked incredible.

Next Level Wardrobe clients

Here are 3 ‘next-level’ tips for to remember when dressing for business casual.

DITCH YOUR JEANS

Business casual means no jeans throughout the week, maybe on casual Friday. So what do you wear instead? Try a pair of sleek trousers. This is a modern update to the traditional khakis that you usually see most guys wearing.

There are now stylish, comfortable trouser options as well that have drawstrings, stretch fabric and some are even water repellant. Suitsupply has great trouser options for all body types, check out a style I recommend here.

Traditional business casual baggy khakis
The modern sleek trouser

SPORT A LUXE SWEATER

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your look is to incorporate better, more luxe fabrications in modern styles, like a lightweight sweater.

This style you can dress up easily, by doing a sophisticated layered look or you can wear casually on the weekends. Be sure to look for wool blends or cashmere fabrications. These natural fabrics will breathe and will have a flattering fit.

Dressing up a lightweight sweater. The collar and tie make it feel more formal.
Dressing down a lightweight sweater. The sneakers and no-layered look give it a casual feel.

SHOES MATTER

Leave the square toed dress shoe and gym sneaker at home. 

Please leave these styles at home! 

Instead, choose for a modern sneaker or leather boot. These styles come in a variety of colors and textures. I recommend a grey leather sneaker and a brown suede boot. Between these two pairs, you’ll be covered year around for your business casual footwear needs and best of all, you’ll be able to wear them for day time at the office to a work event in the evening.

Just say no to dated dress shoes
The suede texture gives these shoes more of a modern, classic feel.

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Dressing well when you’re the youngest on the team

If you’re one of the younger members of your team, here’s how to dress to boost your confidence and get the respect you deserve.

One styling method that I use for my younger female clients is blending ‘masculine and feminine’ elements into one outfit:

Notice the blend of both worlds here– the structured coats in grey and navy prints give a feeling of power and confidence. While the jeans, trousers and even footwear communicate approachability and casualness.

For my younger male clients who want to dress well, be sure to focus on the FIT of your clothing.

You want to ensure that your clothing hugs your body, which in turn will flatter your figure and will make you look powerful as well as put together. Wearing clothing that is too big will make you look sloppy and disheveled.

Remember fitted clothing doesn’t mean TIGHT or uncomfortable.