Reaching inside your wardrobe without a clue of what to put on? This is your guide to casual dressing from what to wear on the streets to how style business casual for the office.Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our Store.
When you’re away from your desk during the week the clothing you put on your back is more than likely going to be casual. However, that doesn’t mean you have to lose all sense of style – enter our easy to follow guide on men's casual clothing.
What is Casual Dress?
Men's casual wear translates to style with comfort. These are clothes that won’t cause too much of a stir for trendsetters but are ideal for those everyday trips where durability and fit are key. Casual dressing embodies a sense of streetwear with fashion; therefore casual clothes for men tend to lean towards the absolute wardrobe basics. The trick to how to dress casual is to choose pieces that aren’t specific to any given season, and are made from a quality material and cut. Casual dressing calls on layering separates – be it a pair of well-worn jeans with a basic T-shirt or an Oxford shirt tucked into an easy pair of summer chinos. It depends on the occasion that you’re dressing for. A casual outfit to run errands will differ from a casual outfit for a summer party or event.
Casual Wear for Men
So you want to know how to dress casually well? These are the key items you should be investing in to achieve dressing casual. A basic crewneck t-shirt may be an obvious choice, but it’s an item that will practically go with everything in your wardrobe. A casual cotton T-shirt in easy to wear shades of white, grey and black, will carry you throughout every season and can be layered beneath thicker knit jumpers, smart blazers, full-length coats and styled with any pair of trousers – the possibilities are endless.
A good pair of jeans should fit you well and be comfortable to wear. The type of denim wash is all down to personal preference, but be sure to avoid styles that are overly ripped, frayed or feature any exuberant design details. A slim fit jean will suit most body types and can be coordinated with everything from a T-shirt, hoodie jacket to a tailored blazer.
The hoodie came into fashion during the 1930s as a layering alternative for manual workers. Fast-forward a few decades and it has become the item of choice for street style aficionados and athletes alike. French brand Vetements is making waves with their street-inspired pieces, with the hooded jacket being a key piece in their collections.
The trainer's strength in performance and endurance makes it the ideal shoe for those looking to dress down. Wearing trainers with almost anything has become popular with the street style crowd. A minimalist’s wardrobe will suit pristine white trainers or a shoe with a graphic black and white design. Meanwhile, a more urban, street-lead guy would opt for a trainer design with sportier materials such as mesh and leather.
Knitwear should be roomy enough to allow for optional outfit layering, but also snugly fit to avoid any oversized outfit fails. A casual knit jumper made from merino wool, cashmere or lambswool is the perfect option for those of you who don’t want to don a jacket. A V-neck silhouette is typically worn on more formal occasions, while both can be worn on summer evenings and during the transitional period between autumn and winter.
Designs like the bomber jacket, denim jacket and leather jacket call on a try-before-you-buy mantra. That means that if you want a stylish fit then go down a size. There’s nothing worse than a loose fitting jacket, even if the look you’re going for is the men's casual style. A good leather jacket will set you back, but after a few years of wearing it, the leather will practically mould to your body. For more seasonal pieces like the bomber and denim jacket, you can be a little more daring in your style choices. Style them with a basic T-shirt and jeans, or layering a hoodie beneath.
Summer Casual Outfits
There have been multiple famous gents sporting the casual look this summer. Draw inspiration from their style choices and implement a few tips and tricks into your casual dress.
This Brit-born model may have good looks to envy but his casual style is pretty easy to achieve. Oliver Cheshire is most likely seen out and about in town donning a smart three-piece suit, but on his off days, his casual dress combines street with style. A basic grey slub tracksuit is the ultimate comfort outfit to don on the streets. Cheshire has paired it with a smart double-breasted pea coat to elevate the look from workout to fashion week appropriate.
Adding some street smart inspiration is rapper and London Fashion Week Men's aficionado Tinie Tempah. Tempah is known for his daring fashion choices and his ability to mix highstreet with designer labels to achieve an individual look.
Business Casual Dress for Men
Casual dressing is all well and good, but what about when you want to translate that look for the office? Sometimes a classic two-piece suit just won’t do, and when the hot summer months hit alternating your usual uniform for something more seasonally appropriate is of the utmost importance. Save the tuxedo for extra special events and instead look to adding a casual suit jacket to your collection. In most cases (and in particular during the summer) a light linen blazer is the go-to. Linen allows for breathability and is an ideal material for summer parties. A one-button enclosure jacket is the most casual silhouette you can find on the market, but also look for jackets that are unfussy in their design – differentiating formal tailoring from casual tailoring.
Chinos Instead of Trousers
Casual fashion is encapsulated in a pair of well fitting summer chinos. As an alternative to a classic pair of suit trousers the summer chino comes in a variety of colours, but to achieve that laidback style opt for neutral shades like tan or white rather than primary colours. Chinos can be paired with trainers and dressier shoes. Style with a matching jacket or a shirt tucked casually in with a leather belt. You can amp up the street vibe of the chino trouser by throwing on a hoodie and pair of high tops.
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