6 Ways to the Casual Wardrobe of Your Dreams

Casual clothing is the easiest to wear. Prepare for the new season with 6 ways to the casual wardrobe of your dreams. 

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Here at The Idle Man, we’re all about building a wardrobe that is as versatile as it is affordable; it’s all well and good us harking on at you to invest in this seasons staple jacket, or next seasons Summer footwear, but with so much talk about your dream wardrobe, it can start to become expensive. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to the casual wardrobe of your dreams that combines classic, timeless pieces and great value so you know you’ll be creating a wardrobe that’ll last.

A new season is as good a time as any to revamp your wardrobe and clear out all those holey t-shirts that you’ve been convincing yourself you’ll wear again. It’s out with the old and in with the new as we guide you through the 6 ways to the casual wardrobe of your dreams.

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The Rule of 3

Ever heard of the rule of 3? To the style savvy, the rule of 3 is gospel. It’s pretty simple and is a practical way of shopping that’ll help you get the most out of your casual wardrobe, but it can be applied to any shopping venture. The rule of 3 says that when you’re adding pieces to your wardrobe, you should shop in 3’s. Let’s take the example of plain t-shirts;

  1. Make one t-shirt a neutral colour, like white or grey.
  2. Your second t-shirt should incorporate a print, graphic or pattern but still in a neutral colour.
  3. A third t-shirt in a colour that compliments other pieces in your wardrobe, but not neutral, will complete the rule of 3.

Invest in The Basics

You’ll find the foundations of your casual wardrobe in the basics. T-Shirts, shirts, jeans and joggers are all wardrobe essentials that you can mix and match to maximise the potential of your casual wardrobe. We’ve broken it down into 6 casual basics to make it even easier.


Plain tees offer more versatility than their graphic counterparts, so we’d suggest investing in more of these in order to open up your options. They’re ideal to throw on with a pair of jeans or joggers for a quick and effortless look. Plain t-shirts are the ultimate casual staple but they’re also great because they can be interchanged with your formal wardrobe.

Casual Plain T-Shirts

SHOP: T-Shirts


Whether polo, Oxford or dress, shirts aren’t just the reserve of your formal wardrobe. Thinking outside the box and combining a smart shirt with a casual bottom half can elevate your look and freshen up a tired item. Spruce up your casual day wear and pair a shirt with a pair of joggers and avoid things getting too sloppy by teaming with a denim or bomber jacket. For a smarter option, your could team jeans with an Oxford shirt. Keeping things on the casual side of the smart-casual spectrum, pin roll your jeans and slip on a trainer or high top.

Casual Denim Oxford Polo Shirts

SHOP: Polo Shirts | Shirts


A sweatshirt is your best friend on chilly Summer nights, or chilly Summer days for that matter. Let’s not get our hopes up just yet. Adding sweatshirts in plain, neutral colours is the easiest way to achieve the most versatile casual wardrobe of your dreams. Layer over t-shirts or shirts and wear with jeans for casual, effortless style. Having said that, we’re partial to a print and there are some nice graphic offerings out there; a label name, a stripe or slogan can make for a welcome change to your casual day wear.

Casual Sweatshirts

SHOP: Sweatshirts


Aside from the plain tee, jeans are probably the most versatile item of clothing in your arsenal. Dress them up or down, wear them again and again. For a casual look, make sure you opt for jeans in a light wash and look for details like distressing to elevate your casual look. Alternatively you could try out a grey pair and pin roll, which should have the same effect.

If you’re looking to go for a slightly more formal look, a dark indigo wash is your best bet. Jeans work with pretty much any top half – shirts, t-shirts, casual jackets, you name it.

Casual Dark Light Grey Jeans

SHOP: Jeans


Joggers are the ultimate casual attire. Wear them for a Sunday slob, or fix them up with a shirt and a denim jacket, they’re lightweight, comfortable and easy to wear.

Casual Joggers

SHOP: Joggers


Jackets are an easy one because as long as you don’t start mixing your joggers and your crombie, a look we’d strongly advise no one try at home, you can’t go far wrong. A denim jacket, a Harrington or Bomber are all acceptable and can be interchanged with jeans, joggers, t-shirts and polos for effortless casual looks.

Casual Denim Harrington Bomber Jackets

SHOP: Jackets

Consider Your Colour Options

It can be easy to buy too much of what you like and not enough of what you need, so exercise a little restraint when shopping and you’ll find yourself with a much more versatile and easy to wear wardrobe. Sticking to neutral colours is a good way to do this, but if you’re a more experimental dresser then opt for colour co-ordinated pieces that you can mix and match.

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Colour co-ordinated casuals at Pitti Uomo SS16 – PHOTO CREDIT: Lets Restycle

Don’t Forget Your Feet

We’re all susceptible to neglecting our footwear from time to time, but casual shoes are the easiest to shop and wear so there really are no excuses. There are a load of causal footwear alternatives from trainers to boat shoes. Make sure you go for a simple design in a plain colour and you won’t go far wrong.

Casual Trainer Desert Boots Boat Shoes

SHOP: Trainers | Desert Boots | Boat Shoes


Trainers – your casual wardrobes new best friend. Whether plain white, high top, simple plimsoll or classic lace up, the possibilities are endless.

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Trainers are your casual wardrobe’s best freind – PHOTO CREDIT: Mr Porter


What’s the use of formal footwear if I’m creating a casual wardrobe, we hear you ask? A lot actually. We’ve already talked about the ways you can mix your smart and casual wear, and footwear has a lot to do with it. We’re not talking about your ultra formal brogue or penny loafer, but a boat shoe or desert boot can be added to the mix to stir things up a bit.

Don’t Avoid Statement Pieces

Your casual wardrobe should mainly comprise of classic pieces in neutral colours, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to indulge in a little extravagance. If something a little out there catches your eye, go for it. Why not? These pieces may cost a little more, but chances are you won’t be wearing them everyday and you’ll get more out of them in the long run. The general rule of thumb is that it pays to spend a little more for quality.

Casual pieces are re-imagined to create a statement look - PHOTO CREDIT: Men Moments
Casual pieces are re-imagined to create a statement look – PHOTO CREDIT: Men Moments

Shop for All Occasions

Just because we’re talking about your casual wardrobe, doesn’t mean you’re restricted to wearing it during the day. You can easily interchange you casual and formal wear, depending on the occasion. So if you want to wear a suit with a t-shirt, why not? Joggers and a shirt? Be my guest. Striking the balance between smart and casual is easier than you think and by opening up what you can wear with what, you can introduce casual day wear into your evening wardrobe, if you’re feeling adventurous.

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Mix things up to take your wardrobe from casual to smart – PHOTO CREDIT: Me Appropriate Style

On that Note…

Come rain or shine, your dream casual wardrobe should be filled with casual wardrobe staples that’ll see you through every season and almost every occasion. Shop savvy so that you can mix, match and interchange the pieces in your arsenal to maximise the potential of your wardrobe staples.


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