Also if I should pay attention to how others criticize how I am dressed.
2. Give Up the Graphic Tees for a More Mature Look
Otherwise, stick with quality trousers like cotton chinos. In the shoe department, comfortable dress shoes like loafers, Oxfords, monk straps and derbies are an easy way to abide. Nevertheless, times change and so do dress codes. However, what some men considered to be casual Friday work clothes was a little too casual in the eyes of their bosses. Naturally, Dockers khakis were absolutely central to the new business casual dress code. As such, a new precedent spread like wildfire throughout the late 90s and early s.
However, along the way, the Dockers style get-up became synonymous with cubicle workers and low-level employees, prompting a revision of sorts.
The new business casual dress code—which presented a somewhat looser approach to formal attire—was thus born. To help move you further along, here are some tips and suggestions from neck to toe. To that end, the blazer should tout a slim cut, a square fit on the shoulders, a lapel that stops right above your rear end and sleeves that stop just before the shirt cuff.
Naturally, you have a range of styles and materials to choose from. Your safest bet is to get a classic single-breast blazer of light wool with peak or notch lapels, which will keep you comfortable no matter what the season. Opt for a dark, neutral colour like navy—it will do wonders for your figure. Again, aim for neutral colours like navy or grey, expanding your palette as you get more confident with your business casual wardrobe. And for the warmer seasons, a quality cotton or linen blazer can do you know wrong.
The shirt should have two straight seems in the back and cling tightly to the shoulders and frame. When first starting out, stick to monochromatic colours light white, light blue or light pink. As you gain more confidence, you can explore different patterns and brighter colours, being sure to keep your sense of fashion within reason. Also worth noting is that more and more men are pulling off the no-blazer look, going instead with a tight-fitting sweater or button-down cardigan in colours like navy or gray.
Now that straight up suit pants are no longer mandatory, you have options. Plain white tee with jeans? Add a blazer, and suddenly you look pretty damn sharp. When trying to figure out how to dress well, men often look towards the fashion world for help. But the fashion world is only good for men obsessed with fashion.
Focus on getting classic clothes that will look good all year round. Focus on timeless pieces that will still be stylish ten years from now. Focus on looking classy and stylish before you worry about looking trendy. So work on your style sense with timeless wardrobe essentials that never go out of fashion. Many guys shoot themselves in the foot by trying too hard to dress better. They hear they should wear accessories, and they end up wearing a gazillion bracelets and necklaces.
You just got 10 casual style tips that should help you dress better. Plenty more where that came from, but these should be enough to get you started. Whether you start with replacing your graphic tees, getting nicer shoes or decorating your wrists. Super article, very straightforward and clear. A bit heavy on some points, imo, but for many — that is needed. Pants, shoes, and layering are all extremely noticeable and easy things to upgrade.
Please, though, go easy on the bracelets, gentlemen. And watch the thickness of said bracelets with certain outfits; a wide leather cuff against a trim blazer sleeve is plain weird looking. I do think that wearing an interesting and inoffensive graphic tee is perfectly acceptable with a pair of plain jeans and nice shoes, depending on the occasion.
If a man had a tasteful and fitting graphic tee paired with complimentary items, at a group picnic or something similar, I would not think he was a loser or a man-child.
Thanks for your comment. Still, I would recommend men move away from having them as their go-to t-shirt. The truth is, I often take an extra-strong stance against certain items see also: I love trying new things and experimenting with my looks but many times I just failed because of my poor choices, especially when it comes to jeans but your tip no 3 clear all my doubts about what to wear and what not to!
Thanks for sharing such article! Got your book for my 16 year old son. He read half the first night! Thanks for a great source. Not only is your advice better than mine, he finds it more credible. Next hurdle, addressing his questions on manscaping…. Manscaping is a rather personal thing, but my advice is: Great advice, regardless of age! I wish I could share this with my bf. How do I tell him??? Start off by buying him an item of clothing, it could be a blazer or shoes, then follow it up with a chino or shirt.
Robert,thanks for your article.. Hi Robert, Its a wonderful article.. However I wanted some additional help on casual dressing.. I have been restricted to wear jeans for some time. What would be the best casual dressing style that I can go for in view of such circumstances..?
Your help will be greatly appreciated.. I was looking for casual fashion advice and found your website. These are probably some of the best tips I have seen for dressing your age. Also if I should pay attention to how others criticize how I am dressed. Typically, you want to shoot for being slightly more dressed up than everyone else or, at least equally dressed up.
If you dress casually when everyone else is dressed up, you will appear under-dressed,. As for whether you should pay attention to criticism, it depends. If its the last one, you should listen ;. Hi Robert I am 21 and a college student.
How should I revamp my wardrobe so that I look cool. Buy clothes that fit you. Not too tight, but hugs and compliments you. I recommend checking out amazon prime for shoes and accessories, but head over to the mall and ask the workers for clothes that will up your casual game.
Hey, I really like the tips here. I really like leather shoes and have a pair of nice toe cap oxford and want to know how to pair it with something that will be casual and still look nice. Toe cap oxfords are a little more towards the dressy side. You might be able to pull them off with chinos. You might consider brogues instead for your casual wear. Hey…really this is better tips for changing my style and look better than previous….
Looking like everyone else without a hint of personal flair or uniqueness is utterly dull and drab. Why wear a plain shirt and plain leggings? I guess it sends a message about who you are based on social stigma and associations of clothing versus income or maturity. But what if i dont want to be like every1one else…. Does that make me a rebel or a hipster? It seems whichever path one chooses you are bound to be labeled with a certain moniker without even opening your mouth to speak. So then you are left with..
Th beauty of simpler clothes is actually that they can be easily paired with more stand-out items. I think I would have agreed with you—for the last 20 years, and up until a few weeks ago. I felt much the same way, and when I abandoned your position, I figured all fashion was bunk, so why bother? I think what we are actually talking about here is style, not fashion. There is stil room for flair and differentiation. The distinction is that there are rules to foundation and differentiation.
For most of us average folks, this is about looking our best, good personal style can do that, and allow one to express personality, but ones foundation must be strong. That starts with proper fit, and a good collection of he basics. This was the trap I fell into. I would see a single piece a tie, a shirt, even a non standard suit color that was by itself interesting or beautiful. The reformed, more mature wardrobe has flexibility.
Continued response to Bork: I could wear a red suit, but how much utility does that have? And do you really want that kind of clownish attention? Maybe when you are at a gala in your 20s for a record release, but if you are grown up, not so much. So, how do we inject red into the wardrobe? How about a red tie on a navy suit, and a red not matching tie pattern or color precisely pocket square. Make it fit, quality fabrics, fine silk pocket square.
That is a differentiator. My goal is to look my best, be comfortable, and project confidence. Build the base—jeans that go with everything, stylish shoes, and be able to look good is a well fitted classic T, but the author did encourage you to experiment with flair.
Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and modern leading men get by just fine without a wardrobe full of statement pieces and print Ts. The confidence and manliness comes from within, the clothes made them look stately…even casual ones. Robert really very useful and nice tips.. What about the hair style? What do you prefer about hair style in dressing styles that you had suggested. Because it also matters alot while u deessed wel.
Short on the sides and back a little longer on top and a side part. The look is always smart and mature. I also wanna ask about coats and leather jackets that which one suits better on the dressing style that you had suggested. This is by far the worst dressing sense blog.. WTF u mean by go for plain jeans.. GImme a break… Everything goes with a combination and occasion and Mr Author u failed to do that. This idea stems from the misconception that every item in your outfit has to stand out.
Dark blue jeans are a lot more versatile than your bleached jeans, as you can dress them up and down as you see fit. Dark blue jeans without bleaching or excessive distressing just look classier and more mature. Sorry buddy, but bleached jeans are for dummies. You cannot be stylish in one of the most unstylish types of clothes. This author did not fail. You failed to take good advice. Enjoy your true religion and ed hardy. Robert, Im 39 and have always dressed in Tshirts and baggy jeans and sneakers.
Hmm… Check out this article. Just take it one step at a time. I find it very difficult to find the right style and clothing that I like. I spend so much time looking for shoes and clothes and sometimes end up buying nothing.
Thanks for the article. I read this and some other article on other sites about dressing well for men. This advice is only for those working an office-type environment and common industries in order to be successful within those fields by complying with the unwritten codes and etiquette of those fields.
Selling art is a professional activity, but not making it. Yet I believe a lot of collectors just want to see an authentic artist, someone who is also different. When I go to an art opening, artists just wear creative or thrift store type things, not suits. Can you help me out and explain this contradiction? All these rules and theories of dress are overridden instantly by social proof, charisma, confidence, competence, and, or ability to converse and flirt well wether in business or dating.
Not to mention people want to experience something exotic and ladies are drawn to punk rock band members that hardly comb their hair, more than sharp looking professional men, unless they are strictly looking for committed long term husband type relationships. Definitely for dating apps where there are lots of hot high-value women, it would be hard to match with anyone unless one followed these rules.
Is the reasoning behind not wearing embellishments simply to separate yourself from the younger crowd? Great article — very useful notes on the jeans and tshirts.
I had already started applying these ideas until I moved country. Consequently, my style has been reduced to shorts and a t-shirt, usually with sneakers. Yeah, dressing in hot weather can be a bit tricky. Check out my article on dressing for summer for more information. Hi this is amar from pakistan I read your article and much of that i really liked too but i wanna ask you about hair style because dresses not only make a personality our hair style matters too.
Well, you are brilliant. I loved the way you explained some misconceptions I see in my dressing. Or to try using leather shoes and fit jeans? Try going for sleek pairs though, almost full white or black and without all the bells and whistles on them. Converse, Stan Smiths or LaCoste. I would definitely suggest you get used to more fitted jeans though. You will look a lot better! Hiii Robert , can you please tell me which type of combination I wear in my School Function….
Darnit — I really like my graphic tees.
What Is “Business Casual” for Men?
Then came the year Until then, you had casual wear and business attire. Casual wear was worn on the weekends at home, but if you worked in an office, you wore a suit and a tie. There was no debate. Men’s casual wear translates to style with comfort. These are clothes that won’t cause too much of a stir for trendsetters but are ideal for those everyday trips where durability and fit are key. Casual dressing embodies a sense of streetwear with fashion; therefore casual clothes for men tend to lean towards the absolute wardrobe basics. Men’s Smart Casual Outerwear So you’ve got the bottom and top half of your outfit sorted, but you just need something to throw on over the top for those chilly days. The last thing you want is a hyper-formal overcoat or a ratty jacket that you’ve worn out over the years.