What Should I Wear?: The Casual Office

Some businesses have uniforms, and some strictly enforce the suit and tie dress code; other businesses are a bit more relaxed, and have what is considered a ‘Business Casual’ office. The exact definition of business casual varies for each of these companies, so it can be difficult to work out exactly what is and isn’t acceptable in the modern office. As usual, this is where I come in.

Proper Business Casual

This is my prefered form of business casual, and the most casual attire that I don while doing business. It consists of a sports jacket, a dress shirt, trousers, and a pair of slightly more casual dress shoes. No jacket is complete without a pocket square, but for a more casual appearance, don’t worry about the tie. Shoes don’t need to be overly formal, and a good pair of dress boots will suffice; even loafers will work if you are feeling particularly casual. Your shirt can have a bit of a pattern, and your jacket can be a lighter colour than it would be in a formal office.

Business Casual outfit by Men's Warehouse

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Modern Business Casual

For some reason or another, many men don’t enjoy wearing a jacket (every reason is a bad one), and so have decided to abandon them. This level of business casual is basically the same as above, except without the jacket. Adding a sweater will slightly increase the formality, especially if you are wearing a tie.

Casual Business Casual

More casual than the look above, this level will have you swapping out your dress trousers for chinos or dark jeans, and your dress shirts for more casual shirts and polos.

Casual Outfits

Things not to wear to work

  • A T-Shirt
  • Baseball Cap
  • Faded/distressed jeans
  • Sneakers
  • A Hoodie
  • Shorts
  • A Singlet
  • Sandals
  • Excessive Jewellery
  • Anything that makes you look like a tool

The only people who can get away with wearing these things are the people who own the company, and even then it still looks pretty ridiculous (I’m looking at you, Mark Zuckerberg). Remember, casual doesn’t mean sloppy or unprofessional, it just means casual; you should still look like a professional, responsible member of society, just more relaxed.

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