Business casual might seem like a misnomer at first glance. Isn’t the usual attire for businesses formal suits and ties? That might have been through since years gone by, but in the modern era, business casual has become a common dress code, even among the most elite of companies.

But what exactly does business casual entail? If you’re wondering the same thing, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll be walking you through the basics of business casual wear, and how you can add in a tinge of style and fashion into your daily workwear.

The basics


The idea of business casual stems from the trials of casual Fridays. With those experiments done in the late 20th century, people have become far more accepting of slightly more casual outfits in the workplace.

A gross simplification of business casual would be ‘no suits, but no jeans either’. Naturally, this is far removed from the actual details. Now let’s get into the nitty gritty of business casual dressing.

The Jacket

Suits always come with a suit jacket, made with materials matching the color and make of the trousers. These always give off a sense of sophistication, and why not try to emulate that look using a blazer or sports jacket?

Blazers are a modern necessity, and while they don’t share the grandeur that a well-tailored suit jacket is known for, it’s no slouch. Go with black or navy for that semi-formal feeling. Do note that blazers come in many forms, and some are geared towards dinner parties and casual situations. Avoid overly bright colors, especially on the buttons. Single breasted blazers are the norm, but you might prefer the added confidence offered by double-breasted blazers.

Dress Shirt

Casual does not mean dressing down, and a dress shirt is the most practical (not to mention good looking) workwear out there. Choose Oxford cuts for their unique quality at pulling double duty, operating well in or out of the office. Depending on what you’re going for, you could put on a tie for those meetings with colleagues and take it off at the end of the workday.


You’re not wearing a suit, so feel free to mix and match colors with your jacket of choice. You’ve got a ton of options to choose from. Dress pants are a popular choice to pair with dress shirts, while chinos and khakis are commonly paired with blazers to pull off a relaxed yet confident look.

Other choices

Sweaters still look great, and can work great on cooler days if you want a casual vibe. Pocket squares or collar pins can be a great enhancement for formal combinations. On shoes, go with the classic oxford shoes to round out the whole look, and anything apart from sandals will complete your casual look. If it looks good, go for it.

Quick tip, you can get a whole new look by just losing the blazer, so if variety is your game, try it out.

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