Dude, What Does Men's Business-Casual Really Mean?
Former WME agent and founder of men's style consultancy firm The Weitz Effect, Andrew Weitz breaks down summer dressing for the gents.
Summertime in Hollywood (and everywhere for that matter) is the time of year when most executives tend to be more laid back. Temps rise, the business slows down just a bit and a lot of offices start Summer Fridays, which means that work attire also becomes a bit more relaxed. However, I find that most men don’t understand what “Business Casual” or “Casual Friday” actually means and/or what’s really appropriate. Depending on which aspect of the entertainment industry (or business world) one works in, there are some definite dos and don’ts to achieving a stylish casual look while still looking professional. Here it goes:
1. Invest in a sharply-tailored navy blazer and cotton summer suit.
Fit is key — an ill-fitting jacket just reads sloppy. Go for a polished cotton jacket or one with a slight texture or patterned material. A patch pocket or a jacket that’s cut slightly shorter at the bottom will further elevate your look. Top picks for cotton suits? Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford and Suit Supply. Coppenhangen Blue Plain cotton linen suit (above); $499, suitsupply.com.
2. No flip-flops or gym shoes at the office (even if you’re a "creative type").
Flip-flops only work if you’re in college. Instead, wear designer sneakers — not your running shoes — or loafers with "no show" socks. A few favorites include Lanvin and Gianvito Rossi for stylish kicks as well as Tod’s and Salvatore Ferragamo for casual slip-ons.
Gianvito Rossi brown grained leather low-top sneakers; $615, barneys.com.
3. Take a break from black.
During summer, brown leathers should be your first choice for belts, work bags and shoes.
4. If a tie isn’t optional.
If you are still required to wear a tie to the office, opt for a knitted one — and add a lightweight, linen pocket square.
Brioni knitted silk tie; $215, mrporter.com.
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5. Don’t wear baggy jeans on Summer Fridays (or anything baggy for that matter).
Overly baggy jeans (or slacks) and an oversized button-down is not a great look. Instead, wear tapered jeans or slim-fit cotton pants with a tailored, short-sleeve polo and jacket for a smart casual style. Uniqlo, J Brand, Frame and Rag & Bone are all safe bets for comfortable yet stylish jeans.
Frame Denim L'Homme Cotswolds slim-fit jeans; $220, mrporter.com.
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