‘Business casual’ is a term that didn’t exist until recently, and casual and business were the only two distinct clothing types for any civilized social setting. So, a lot of people still come across as clueless whenever their company or organization asks them to show up in ‘business casual’ clothing. Business casual clothing is, simply put, business clothing made a little casual and not vice versa. So, simply throwing on a blazer after your T-shirt and jeans is not going to fit the criteria. To simplify your decision-making process for such a scenario, here are 7 basic business casual outfits you must keep handy in your closet:
1. Shirt, Jacket/Blazer and Pants :
Can’t find your tie? You can still look business casual by throwing on a blazer on a shirt and a pair of pants. Feel free to loosen your shirt’s top button and wear formal black or brown shoes to finish the look.
2. Shirt, Sweater/Cardigan and Chinos/Khakis :
This outfit is the most comfortable for cold countries and cold seasons. The pale yellow or khaki colored bottoms complement the dark shades and rough texture of the sweater or cardigan. You may also button-up fully and include a tie if it is too cold. Dark brown shoes look the best on this combination.
3. Suit without a Tie :
A suit is supposed to have a tie, but not if you’re allowed to wear business casual clothing. You can wear a vertical striped shirt inside to make the look less monotonous. You don’t even need to button it fully to the top. Wear shoes that you would usually wear with the suit without over-thinking about other options.
4. Printed Shirt, Tie and Pants :
This combination is a neat way to look professional without having to put on an extra layer of clothing like a jacket, blazer or sweater. It’s ideal for warm weather, especially if you need to be outdoors. Light-colored pants can go well with this look if you’re wearing a dark-colored shirt.
5. Suit Vest, Tie and Pants :
A suit vest is the most stylish and youthful-looking outfit you can wear within the business casual range of outfits. Don’t forget to add the tie, as it takes the appeal to the next level. This outfit feels lighter than a suit, giving more range of motion to your arms and is apt for any warm social gathering.
6. Plain Shirt and Pants :
This is the most casual business casual outfit you can wear. It’s not as impressive as the others, but is minimalistic and uncomplicated. But, at least ensure that you have a nice belt on, particularly of a different color than your top and bottom.
You can replace the pants with chinos in the above options, but make sure you don’t look too colorful or flashy. If the term ‘business casual’ still hasn’t ceased to confuse you, a simple way out is to remember not to wear T-shirts, jeans or sneakers, and you will be safe from embarrassment.