How do you draw the line between smart and overdressed? Introducing "business casual". Read on to find out what is meant by this ambiguous phrase and our top tips on how to pull off business casual in the office.
Swap your shirt for a knit
We may not be out of summer yet but be there's nothing wrong with being prepared for a drop in temperature. Why not swap your office shirt for a knitted polo or textured t-shirt? Choose a colour that will complement your suit and look good when you remove your jacket. Remember, you can always slip it back on for meetings. Find balance with help from this season's knitted polos or t-shirts.
Invest in a blazer
You can be comfortably smart and ready for anything simply by investing in a stylish blazer. Timeless and versatile, a blazer will see you through the season and go equally well with jeans, chinos or formal trousers. Team with a plain Oxford shirt or printed shirt and desert boots or brogues.
Lastly, don't forget to wear a stylish pair of formal shoes; plimsolls just won't cut it. If your office is fairly relaxed, you could always choose desert boots, brogues, loafers or Chelsea boots. Or add a statement pocket square to your blazer. To finish the look from head to toe, it's worth adding a flash of colour through socks. These final touches will leave your business casual look as sophisticated as your everyday business attire.
While indigo jeans can work in the office, chinos are a softer, less structured option than tailored formal trousers. They also naturally bridge that gap between smart-casual. You can wear them with a shirt and blazer or equally with a smart knitted polo. Again make your own judgement but if you can get away with it, try rolling up the hem and going sockless to update the look.