The Little Things that Make the Difference
There are many new fashion trends in today’s market that to the average person may seem confusing. This comes in the form of hybrid styles such as business casual or smart casual. What are these styles and where does one end and the other begin. This blog discusses the differences between both business casual and smart casual styles.
- Plain darker colour jacket
- white or blue plain shirt
- No t-shirts
- Dark jeans
- A muted colour chino pants
- Dark brown or black leather shoes
- Keep them to minimum
- A black or dark brown leather belt
- Light or pale blue pocket square
- Smart watches can be worn
- Fashionable sunglasses
- Casual fridays at work
- Date nights
- Meetings outside the office
- Muted colours
- Darker shades
- No patterns
- Bright or light coloured jacket
- Plain crew neck
- Shirts can be more colourful
- Plain coloured t-Shirts (not printed)
- Dark or light jeans
- Lighter coloured chinos
- No shorts
- No ripped jeans
- Leather shoes
- Suede shoes
- No trainers
- Can wear more than one
- Any belt (can be contrasting)
- Colourful pocket squares
- Discreet wristbands/bracelets
- Date nights
- Weddings, official events
- Can be brighter colours
- Can wear checked shirts/jacket
- No more than 3 colors
Business casual can be best described as relaxed formalwear. A man going for a business casual look should aim to combine a jacket with dark jeans or mute coloured chinos. One should wear a shirt underneath the jacket, as this ensures the look is sharp.
As for the colours, the jacket should be subtle, with colours such as navy, grey, dark brown, or sage. The pants should complement the jacket, with muted contrasting colours like dark green jacket/grey trousers; Brown jacket/dark blue trousers. It would be highly suggested to avoid loud and bright colours such as yellow or red.
A tie is a no go for a business casual style as the aim of this style is to appear more casual, and a tie should be saved for a business suit. You can wear a belt, although it is recommended that you choose the one that matches the shade of your trousers. In terms of footwear to complete the look, wear leather. Last but not least, do not accessorize too much. Wristbands, sunglasses, and pocket squares should be used strategically, and not all at the same time as it reduces the business style in the look.
Wear business casual for your casual Fridays in the office or for a semi-formal meeting outside of the office. Ladies also love a business casual look for a date!
Smart casual is a less formal extension to business casual. While business casual is used for the office, smart casual is something to wear for everything outside of it.
You can wear a plain, toned-down t-shirt for a smart casual look. If you are to wear any shirt that has a print of some sort, you are wearing more of a casual look, not a smart casual look.
If you opt for a shirt, you can go with more colours, or checkered and compliment it with a blazer or a crew neck.
As for trousers, you can wear more colour than in business casual. Jeans, smart chinos. Ripped jeans and shorts are a casual look, not smart casual.
You can wear lighter and brighter colours in the smart casual style as compared to the business casual style as long as you don’t over do it. The aim is to keep only 3 colours total in your overall look. In addition, try not to wear more than 1 bright colour within the 3 colours you choose. Otherwise, a peacock will be asking you for their feathers back.
A pair of sunglasses, wristband, bracelet, colourful pocket square will add an informal feel to your style. Also, you can wear a belt that contrasts the pants, but always be cautious of the three-colour rule mentioned above. When it comes to shoes, you can wear leather or suede shoes, however, stay away from trainers please.
A smart casual outfit can be used for any kind of event that is outside of the office but still requires class and elegance. Examples of these include, weddings, cocktail parties and also date nights with your significant other.
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