We have become a society that has fully embraced the casual lifestyle. If you need proof, just take a look at how people used to dress when flying on a plane compared to how they dress now. Today, you’ll see people running through the airport, literally still dressed in their pajamas. It doesn’t get any more casual than that! Even when we’re supposed to ‘dress up,’ like when we head off to a job, we’re dressing more casually. Once upon a time, there would be no way you’d see people wearing jeans in a professional office setting. However, there’s still an expectation to look ‘smart,’ even when dressing casually. Here’s how you can embrace a casual wardrobe without looking like a slob.
The first way you can dress casually and still look like a runway model is to layer your casual clothing. A simple t-shirt with jeans might be comfy, but it’s pretty boring when it comes to casual wear (though there’s certainly a time and place for the simple t-shirt/jeans combo). By adding a button-up shirt, sweater, blazer, or even a scarf to your t-shirt and jeans, you’re adding complexity to your outfit and you can showcase more style and taste. Plus, layering also allows you to be ready for temperature changes throughout the day—something that’s really common in a lot of office buildings.
Next, accent certain parts of your wardrobe with a little boldness, but don’t go overboard. For example, instead of wearing a plain pair of brown leather dress shoes with your trousers, swap them out for some colored canvas kicks. Or, simply add a little jewelry if you usually don’t wear any. A little moderate color and flash can help you stand out in a crowd without looking tacky.
Yes, we’re talking casual here, but that doesn’t mean that you can have some of your casual clothing tailored to fit. That’s especially when it comes to dress shirts. These days, you’ll see just as many button-up dress shirts untucked with jeans as you will with slacks and a tie. Trust us when we tell you that a tailored dress shirt will look 10x better, especially if you’re wearing it untucked.
Finally, play around with your casual style. While it’s totally acceptable to wear a sports jacket with jeans, you don’t want to become known as ‘the sports jacket guy.’ Change up your accessories and colors and mix and match styles.