All these rules and theories of dress are overridden instantly by social proof, charisma, confidence, competence, and, or ability to converse and flirt well wether in business or dating. I guess it sends a message about who you are based on social stigma and associations of clothing versus income or maturity.
Here are a few other shoe styles that work well in casual looks:. You can wear a watch, a leather bracelet, or both. It just gives your outfit a bit more personality. You go from someone who clothes himself to stay warm to someone who clothes himself with intention.
Personally, I love wearing a leather wrap bracelet with a few bead bracelets as an accent, but even wearing something as simple as a watch will go a long way. It can be done with very simple clothes too. Imagine a guy wearing a plain grey sweater and jeans. Nothing wrong with that. Now imagine him wearing a simple white shirt underneath his sweater. You can wear two, three, even four layer at a time. This favorite of business-casual men can easily be worn in casual outfits too.
A man in a blazer just looks good because blazers accentuate the male frame like no other garment. It will give you an easy way to smarten even your simplest outfits up a bit. Plain white tee with jeans? Add a blazer, and suddenly you look pretty damn sharp. When trying to figure out how to dress well, men often look towards the fashion world for help. But the fashion world is only good for men obsessed with fashion.
Focus on getting classic clothes that will look good all year round. Focus on timeless pieces that will still be stylish ten years from now. Focus on looking classy and stylish before you worry about looking trendy.
So work on your style sense with timeless wardrobe essentials that never go out of fashion. Many guys shoot themselves in the foot by trying too hard to dress better. They hear they should wear accessories, and they end up wearing a gazillion bracelets and necklaces. You just got 10 casual style tips that should help you dress better. Plenty more where that came from, but these should be enough to get you started. Whether you start with replacing your graphic tees, getting nicer shoes or decorating your wrists.
Super article, very straightforward and clear. A bit heavy on some points, imo, but for many — that is needed.
Pants, shoes, and layering are all extremely noticeable and easy things to upgrade. Please, though, go easy on the bracelets, gentlemen. And watch the thickness of said bracelets with certain outfits; a wide leather cuff against a trim blazer sleeve is plain weird looking. I do think that wearing an interesting and inoffensive graphic tee is perfectly acceptable with a pair of plain jeans and nice shoes, depending on the occasion.
If a man had a tasteful and fitting graphic tee paired with complimentary items, at a group picnic or something similar, I would not think he was a loser or a man-child.
Thanks for your comment. Still, I would recommend men move away from having them as their go-to t-shirt. The truth is, I often take an extra-strong stance against certain items see also: I love trying new things and experimenting with my looks but many times I just failed because of my poor choices, especially when it comes to jeans but your tip no 3 clear all my doubts about what to wear and what not to!
Thanks for sharing such article! Got your book for my 16 year old son. He read half the first night! Thanks for a great source. Not only is your advice better than mine, he finds it more credible. Next hurdle, addressing his questions on manscaping….
Manscaping is a rather personal thing, but my advice is: Great advice, regardless of age! I wish I could share this with my bf. How do I tell him??? Start off by buying him an item of clothing, it could be a blazer or shoes, then follow it up with a chino or shirt.
Robert,thanks for your article.. Hi Robert, Its a wonderful article.. However I wanted some additional help on casual dressing.. I have been restricted to wear jeans for some time. What would be the best casual dressing style that I can go for in view of such circumstances..? Your help will be greatly appreciated.. I was looking for casual fashion advice and found your website. These are probably some of the best tips I have seen for dressing your age.
Also if I should pay attention to how others criticize how I am dressed. Typically, you want to shoot for being slightly more dressed up than everyone else or, at least equally dressed up.
If you dress casually when everyone else is dressed up, you will appear under-dressed,. As for whether you should pay attention to criticism, it depends. If its the last one, you should listen ;. Hi Robert I am 21 and a college student. How should I revamp my wardrobe so that I look cool.
Buy clothes that fit you. Not too tight, but hugs and compliments you. I recommend checking out amazon prime for shoes and accessories, but head over to the mall and ask the workers for clothes that will up your casual game.
Hey, I really like the tips here. I really like leather shoes and have a pair of nice toe cap oxford and want to know how to pair it with something that will be casual and still look nice.
Toe cap oxfords are a little more towards the dressy side. You might be able to pull them off with chinos. You might consider brogues instead for your casual wear. Hey…really this is better tips for changing my style and look better than previous…. Looking like everyone else without a hint of personal flair or uniqueness is utterly dull and drab.
Why wear a plain shirt and plain leggings? I guess it sends a message about who you are based on social stigma and associations of clothing versus income or maturity. But what if i dont want to be like every1one else…. Does that make me a rebel or a hipster? It seems whichever path one chooses you are bound to be labeled with a certain moniker without even opening your mouth to speak. So then you are left with.. Th beauty of simpler clothes is actually that they can be easily paired with more stand-out items.
I think I would have agreed with you—for the last 20 years, and up until a few weeks ago. I felt much the same way, and when I abandoned your position, I figured all fashion was bunk, so why bother? I think what we are actually talking about here is style, not fashion. There is stil room for flair and differentiation. The distinction is that there are rules to foundation and differentiation.
For most of us average folks, this is about looking our best, good personal style can do that, and allow one to express personality, but ones foundation must be strong. That starts with proper fit, and a good collection of he basics. This was the trap I fell into.
I would see a single piece a tie, a shirt, even a non standard suit color that was by itself interesting or beautiful. The reformed, more mature wardrobe has flexibility.
Continued response to Bork: I could wear a red suit, but how much utility does that have? When it comes to the game of smart casual attire, men consistently and wisely put a quality blazer in their starting line up. In other words, seek out a stylish blazer that blends with the outfit and exhibits a little—but not too much—personality on its own.
After all, you want your blazer to be a piece of the whole, not the whole unto itself. Accordingly, you should pair the blazer with a nice pair of chinos or jeans.
You might also layer a collared shirt under a wool sweater, though make sure both are really sharp to avoid steering too close to the casual arena. Not so fast, gents. Yes, you can rock a nice t-shirt underneath your blazer or jacket, but bear in mind that the t-shirt should still operate as a piece to the broader, stylish whole.
Naturally, you should avoid bright colours and loud patterns. Instead, opt for a sophisticated print, classic pattern, or monochromatic colour scheme. And while a slim fit or tailored fit seems like a smart casual no-brainer, you actually have some room to play depending on material, permitted you tuck a longer shirt in to your waistline. In that regard, you can go with trousers, jeans or chinos and not lose your stylish stride.
Again, you want to make sure your pants match the rest of your outfit. Darker colours skew more formal, so smartening up can be as simple as turning down the lights. For example, take an olive green bomber jacket, white T-shirt, stonewashed jeans and white trainers.
Now swap the olive bomber for a navy one, and the stonewashed jeans for indigo. Suddenly it feels dressier. Even more so if you swap the white T-shirt for, say, mid-grey or charcoal, and the trainers for navy or black.
The constituent styles are exactly the same, but the overall effect is very different. And the reverse is true: Another major factor that affects the relative smartness or casualness of a piece is texture. Swap the worsted wool for a matte flannel or tweed, however, and you both literally and metaphorically change the feel of the piece. This will also often make the garment seem larger in size, which only adds to the more casual vibe, given that smarter looks are usually sleek and streamlined.
This is a handy rule of thumb and forefinger that you can apply to casualise much any piece: As previously mentioned, throwing a blazer over T-shirt, jeans and trainers is as easy a move as any to nail smart casual. 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.
Smart Casual Men’s Clothes Now that we’ve gone through some of the potential outfits to try, you now need to know what individual pieces you need. To create a good smart casual wardrobe you need pieces that compliment each other no matter what you pair them with. Smart casual is the most confusing, most infuriating dress code known to man. Here's your ultimate guide to what it really means and how to dress for it. Nov 16, · In the vast space between formal attire and couch potato wear, the smart casual dress code for men carves its niche. But what exactly is men’s smart casual, sometimes known as neat casual? Not to be confused with business casual (though the two are similar), men’s smart casual involves combining choice apparel from just below the high end sphere with the kind of comfortable, Founder: Scott Purcell, Frank Arthur.