Dressing for the workplace used to be straight forward
Men would follow a strict regime of a suit, shirt, and tie for work attire. Today, that dress code has loosened and has been replaced with business casual - an informal approach to dressing. While business casual is not as clean cut for many men, it presents opportunities to be distinct in ways not previously imaginable. Business casual shirts allow for the largest opportunity for evolution since ties are removed from the wardrobe equation.
What is the business casual look?
A tie is generally not needed for business casual occasions. However, new tie shapes (skinny) and updated tie fabrics (wool or cotton) can create a smart look.
What is not business casual?
Basically, dressing for business casual is stepping one notch down from formal business attire. An easy color guide for business casual. In the winter: deep colors like navy blue, dark burgundy, or olive green. In the summer: chinos, whites, and neutrals.
What is a business casual shirt?
At Batch, we add details of a refined collar, cuff, and placket to show expression that a man used to portray with his tie and tie bar.
Button Down CollarsButton down collars have made a strong appearance in today’s business casual looks. They exude ease and carefree style, while still looking polished. You do not have to worry about your collar flying away with a mind of its own. Spread collar shirts lay nicely when the placket is buttoned to the top, they appear less clean when the top placket button is undone. Unlike spread collar shirts, button down collar shirts perform well when the top placket button is undone. Button down collar shirts also lend themselves naturally to a more casual look as they use a lighter lining in the collar and cuffs. They work well in more relaxed fabrics like oxford or sateen.
What should I wear with my business casual shirt?
How to finish your business casual look
Personality completes the look. Business casual removes the formal polish that has kept men looking the same. Adding interest is vital to your style, as being seen in today's world is harder than ever. Your shoes, watch, and other accessories are a great place to add personality. Refined details can also add individuality to your business casual look - remember to keep the details smart and simple.
For many businesses, the transition to a casual work environment is a smart business decision. The less formal, and more casual, look transfers into the day-to-day grind. This ease lets people be more creative, foster stronger relationships, enjoy their careers, and adds a bit of fun back into their lives.