Decoding the Dress Code : Business Casual Pt. 3 – The Upstart
The Business Casual Upstart
When you’re still early in your career, little is expected of you, sartorially. So when you exhibit a flair for fashion that rivals your skills with desk research, spreadsheet creation, proofreading decks or whatever other tasks your boss throws at you, people take notice. Showing off your style in a business formal setting is straightforward (step 1: get great fitting suit and white shirt, step 2: repeat), but getting your dapper on in a business casual office can be more difficult. But since when has “difficult” stopped you? Here’s how to pull it off.
It’s easy to dress up an outfit like this one. The jacket and pants combination does a lot of the work for you. Don’t get in your own way. Keep the shirt simple, as we did here, and bring it all together with a tie that echoes the other colors in the outfit. In this case, we used a knit tie to differentiate this look, but chose one with some white in it to make the whole look cohesive.
Hudson Navy Windowpane Custom Unsuit by Black Lapel, $519
White Solid Broadcloth Custom Dress Shirt by Black Lapel, $99
Navy Silk Knit Tie by Black Lapel, $59
Solid White Pocket Square by Black Lapel, $39
If you thought a jacket like this required gray pants, think again. By choosing gold-tinted khaki chinos, we took this outfit from a stone cold killer to a kinder, gentler ensemble that is perfect for a more laid back office, where just wearing a blazer raises eyebrows and gets people wondering if you’re interviewing.
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