How to Dress Business Casual in 6 Looks

Posted on June 25, 2015

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The Business Casual dress code is one fraught with potential minefields and pitfalls simply because there’s no commonly agreed upon definition. While clothing doesn’t actually impact one’s competence and ability, perception of your professionalism is what should guide your fashion sensibilities when the boss suggests “business casual” for a short briefing over the weekend. If one were to breakdown the term, ‘business’ implies that you are still able to project a business-like image while ‘casual’ is a reference to the comfort of relaxed clothing. For The Monsieur, such a dress code is easily accomplished with the tactical use of a tailored blazer and loafers, easily accomplished in 6 easy looks:

Dressing Business Casual

Socks, laced up oxfords, neck tie properly done and blazer buttoned. You know what makes this a "business casual" look? he turned up the cuffs of his denim jeans. Subtle but effective.

Socks, laced up oxfords, neck tie properly done and blazer buttoned. You know what makes this a “business casual” look? he turned up the cuffs of his denim jeans. Subtle but effective.

Your blazer and tie ensemble is dressed down with the strategic use of denim jeans and loafers worn sockless.

Your blazer and tie ensemble is dressed down with the strategic use of denim jeans and loafers worn sockless.

Eschew the tie but look professional with a different accessory: layered with a sweater and carrying a leather tote.

Eschew the tie but look professional with a different accessory: layered with a sweater and carrying a leather tote.

Dress down your full suit with a polo shirt. It's very Don Draper.

Dress down your full suit with a polo shirt. It’s very Don Draper.

Lighten your ensemble by breaking blue tones with a cream or white blazer. Incidentally, the perfect look for a dinner date as well, especially if you really want to stand out on your first date.

Lighten your ensemble by breaking blue tones with a cream or white blazer. Incidentally, the perfect look for a dinner date as well, especially if you really want to stand out on your first date.

You can go all out. Layered cardigan, necktie, trousers and then soften the hard business look with a safari jacket and hiking boots.

You can go all out. Layered cardigan, necktie, trousers and then soften the hard business look with a safari jacket and hiking boots.

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