What does business casual mean for men?
Business casual has always been an ambiguous term, sparking unnecessary outfit-anxiety when used to describe the appropriate attire for an interview or event. By definition, business-casual is a style of clothing that is less formal that traditional business or office-wear (like a suit and tie), but still gives off a businesslike and professional impression. That still leaves a lot up for interpretation, huh? A simple rule of thumb for dressing business casual: focus more on the “business”, than the “casual”. Which means no Hawaiian T-shirts.
A Guide To Business-Casual Attire For Men
Here’s a quick list of DO’s and DON’Ts to help get a better grasp on how to dress business casual.
DO Wear 🙂
- tailored blazer or a sport coat
- tight-fitting sweater, cardigan, or sweater vest over a collared shirt is perfect business casual attire
- long-sleeved, cotton button down shirt
- dark denim, trousers (chinos, khakis, or corduroys will do!) or dress slacks
- dress shoes
- tie, casual wristwatch or pocket square to spice things up!
DON’T wear: 🙁
- A dressy suit jacket is not meant for business casual
- Baggy sweater
- Polo shirts
- Light wash jeans, baggy jeans or any type of athletic pants
- Sneakers or sandals