How to Perfect the Casual Look for the Office
Many years ago, men had to wear a suit and tie to the office. Now, corporate is more casual. But casual for the office isn’t exactly the same thing as casual for a ballgame or bar. One of the very best casual looks for the office is jeans with a blazer. You can wear a t-shirt underneath for a very relaxed dress code or a button-down shirt for environments where you need to look a little more formal. Add a pair of comfortable loafers or even sneakers to complete the look. Here are the best causal options for a corporate, but not too corporate office.
Jeans are casual and cool, but you have to be very particular about the ones you wear to the office. You want your jeans to be stylish, but not too trendy. Stay away from the ultra-skinny pairs, relaxed-fit or extreme looking rinses. The best option for most men is to choose a classic straight leg style. John Varvatos USA Bowery Straight Fit Jeans in black and Boss Hugo Boss’ Delaware Straight Fit Jeans in a light grey look a little more polished than your typical pair of blue jeans. However, if you can and want to wear blue jeans, Paige Denim Normandie Straight Fit Jeans in Hawkridge are the right rinse and cut.
Jeans and a blazer is the perfect uniform for the causal workplace. It’s so easy to mix and match. J. Crew’s Ludlow Legacy Blazer in Italian Wool is classic, versatile and yet still refined. It will work with anything in your wardrobe. You can’t go wrong with it. The Ludlow Vintage Pewter Corduroy Blazer is similar, but a little more textured. If you want to amp up your blazer game, Sid Mashburn’s Virgil Number 3 Jacket is a herringbone tweed that instantly makes whatever you are wearing way more stylish.
Wearing a t-shirt underneath a blazer or sport coat is very sleek and stylish. However, you need to be very particular about the t-shirt you chose. Choose a comfortable, clean shirt like J. Crew’s Broken-In T-Shirt. Ideal layering pieces, these cotton jersey T’s are light and thin. While many basic t-shirts can look sloppy, these are very sleek. Available in both regular and tall sizes, there are up to 13 colors available, depending on the style you choose. There are long and short sleeved versions in both crewneck and V-neck with or without a chest pocket. They also look great underneath sweaters. You can actually buy one for every day of the week.
Sneakers with jeans and a blazer scream cool. However, you have to be very particular about the ones you choose. Don’t wear the same sneakers you would wear to the gym or go out running. These grey suede Chuck Taylors are vintage and polished looking. Nike’s Air Odyssey LTR Sneakers are camel colored with a classic blue swoosh. A little more casual, they are still clean looking and refined.
For offices where you can’t really wear sneakers, loafers can be a comfortable alternative to kicks and a little more polished. Bally makes a very basic, yet high quality pair embellished with a metal bar across the front. If you want your shoes to look a little showier, Ferragamo has a pair of grey suede driving loafers. Guaranteed to knock your socks off, the graphite grey hardware and white stitching truly finish off the look. If you are looking for unique shoes that will not break the bank, Clark’s Davont Blue Nubuck Driving Shoes are a great option. The bold, blue colored leather really stands out.