How To Embrace the Business Casual Look

Most professions require their employees to wear business casual, which is less formal and constricted than regular business attire such as a suit and tie. Some of the most popular business casual pieces for male employees include sports coats, button-down shirts, polos and shoes like Oxfords or boots. 

Gumtree provides a list of specific business casual pieces you can wear for the next interview or networking event you go to.

  1. Dress pants: Dress pants such as khakis and chinos have a flat or pleated front in interesting colours such as navy, brown, grey and tan. They are best paired with button-down shirts and sports jackets to complete the business casual look.
  1. Dress shirts: The most common types of dress shirts are cotton button-downs and Oxford shirts. These can be worn without a tie with the top button open for a business casual style. However, it is recommended to use regular ties or casual knit ties for more formal events and meetings.
  1. Jackets: Jackets and blazers in solid colours such as gray, navy and brown are staples in the business casual style. It is recommended to avoid blazers with flashy buttons or accessories as they do not go with the style.
  1. Sweaters: Sweaters in solid colours can be paired with a sports blazer or dress shirt for that tidy, sophisticated look. However, avoid loud patterns or colours and look for more subtle, classy tones.
  1. Polo shirts: Polo shirts enhance the business casual style but it is recommended to wear them only when approved by the organisation you work for.
  1. Shoes: Loafers, Oxfords, chukka boots and monk straps fall under the category of business casual and can complete your entire look. Once you know the dress code of your company, you can also trade these in for leather or canvas dress sneakers.

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