Crew are making casual sweats, you can feel free to wear them all day.
Go with this light pink sweater from Coz for an outfit you COULD workout in, but are probably going to just wear to brunch. You need something clean and fresh to pull this off. The layers start of simple with a white oxford. This slim fit from J. Crew is a basic, well cut addition to your closet. You can change up the color, but white will give you a bit more of a dressed up feel. Plus, you know white can go with anything.
This waxed cotton jacket from Norse Projects will do just that. If the temperature keeps dropping, just add more layers. This is a wet fall outfit, and layering is the name of the game. Boots can be a little cumbersome, so go with something like these Clymer 2. The pants are a basic straight cut from J. Check out this pair of selvedge jeans from Momotaro.
Pair them with this short sleeve Henley from J. Add some protection from the elements with this beige number from Baracuta. The Color gives it an edge of class, especially when matched with these bucks from J. Crew , but the plaid lining screams fall outdoorsman. For a look that ready to hit the trails, whether real or imaginary, think dark, neutral colors, thick fabrics, and chunky boots. While it may be a little too high class for real hiking, this outfit will get you from late fall through winter in style.
It starts with some heavy selvedge denim in a dark indigo, like this pair of jeans from Tanuki. The fit is a little more relaxed, but still tapered. That will work a little better with these vintage inspired Service Boots from Viberg. Up top, start with this classic fit chambray shirt from J. It will add a little bit of color and a little bit of class without sacrificing the rugged vibe of the outfit.
Throw an army jacket over top to complete the look. Try the Sapper Jacket from Barbour. Pull the look together with a stylish backpack from Jansport. But not all blazers are created equal: As also previously mentioned, a blazer with some texture will rub up the right way with jeans.
As will one cut a little shorter, perhaps also with slightly slimmer, more contemporary lapels. Finally, ripping out the padded shoulders and canvassed chest found in smart blazers will also make them feel more casual, not to mention comfortable.
But upgrading to a polo shirt will instantly smarten a casual rig. It also commonly comes in fabrics such as Oxford cloth or chambray, which are less smooth and shiny. But substituting a fine-gauge knit in merino, cashmere or even cotton for these thick, casual and sporty pieces can lend a soupcon of sophistication. A knitted blazer is somewhere between the two. A word or 23 on roll necks: Legwear is usually a smart casual sticking point.
Your pins are an oft-missed opportunity to not formalise an outfit, but also flex. Going back to the bomber jacket, T-shirt, jeans and trainers example, swapping the jeans for tailored trousers can not only look smart, but also fashionable.
Which is why most guys stick to jeans or chinos. What makes a smart shoe more casual? For those reasons, wingtips , Derbies , loafers , Chelsea boots and chukkas are better bets than office-y Oxfords. But some examples can be very smart, some very casual. But a more formal dark colour is smarter in more ways than one: In terms of fabrics, shiny, smooth leather is smarter than matte, coarse canvas, and suede is somewhere in the middle.
A blazer will make you practically bulletproof. Outside of work, smart casual almost never calls for wearing a tie. A grandad shirt, polo, or roll neck will remove any ambiguity, or the impression that you forgot your neckwear. For formal smart casual events, you might want to keep your blazer on, so wearing a removable overcoat over the top might be better than a knit underneath.
With the exception of corporate pinstripes, patterns make pieces such as blazers and shirts look more casual, and you less like you came from the office. T-shirts are already casual, so avoid patterns, logos, slogans or shudder jokes. As outlined above, silhouette also determines formality. So ensuring that casual pieces fit correctly is one way to convey smartness. A blazer in the same material? A plain sweatshirt can also substitute for a knit under a casual tailored jacket.
Trousers or chinos with sporty drawstrings or cuffs are one thing, but jersey sweatpants are just barely permissible as casualwear. Smart casual is also about how you wear it. Take the formal edge off by rolling up your sleeves and the hems of your chinos to expose a touch of mankle. Switch your leather dress watch for a sports one with metal bracelet or Nato strap, and your leather belt for a woven one, maybe in a colour other than brown.
How many times can we advocate a blazer? At least one more. So get you a blazer that can do both, ideally. For it to fly as smart casual, the blazer should be made from a more textured fabric than an average suit jacket, cut slightly shorter and constructed less rigidly.
This also makes the process of throwing it on a whole lot easier. Yes, a blazer is the alpha and omega of both business and formal smart casual. But what about the occasions when a tailored jacket, however unstructured, is too smart? The style comes from the uniform-wearing armed forces, so packs a certain formality payload. But for it to pass inspection as smart casual, the bomber jacket should be slimmer than a military-issue MA-1, in a dark colour such as navy or black and made of a more luxurious and less lustrous fabric than the standard shiny nylon preferably wool or cotton.
For informal smart casual missions, this is your wingman. Oxford button-down shirts are equally at home in business casual as they are smart. So, in the interests of variety, our smart casual endorsement is the chambray shirt. Follow him on Instagram mrjamiemillar. With a frankly alarming number of years' experience under his waistband, he's equally comfortable dispensing advice about classic style or high fashion, Swiss watches or fitness and nutrition - because he's probably wearing tailored sweatpants while he does so.
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The smart casual dress code for men can seem a little constricting when you first try it out, but it’s actually a lot more flexible than you’d think. Some of the best outfits combine casual elements with smarter pieces, so why not wear your trainers with some trousers or a shirt with some jeans? Men's Fashion Features. Fashion Trends The latest men's fashion trends direct from the runways and the streets. Lookbooks Get inspiration for your daily outfits with the latest fashion lookbooks. Men’s Smart Casual Outerwear So you’ve got the bottom and top half of your outfit sorted, but you just need something to throw on over the top for those chilly days. The last thing you want is a hyper-formal overcoat or a ratty jacket that you’ve worn out over the years.