Three Refreshed Ways to Do Business Casual This Summer

Welcome to the new age

July 5, 2022 12:37 pm
a collage of models in vaguely business-casual outfits
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There are few phrases more grating on my style editor ears than the dreaded, boss-tossed, soul-sucking business causal. This is unfortunate, mostly because it’s still defacto language for describing white-collar office garb. Big meeting? Business-casual. That client dinner? Business-casual. Your run-of-the-mill Tuesday? You guessed it: business-casual.

We’re here to inform you that it doesn’t have to be this way. The rules have (kinda) changed, as have the offerings; between brands challenging the status quo on comfort and style like Todd Snyder and Lululemon and a looser, less robotic demand for the typical blue shirt-navy chino combination, there are an abundance of ways to meet the company standard and still look like a million bucks, especially with the flexibility summer provides.

To help you on your sartorial journey of nine-to-five enlightenment, we’ve highlighted three different warm-weather ways to tackle biz-cas this summer: the options range from reserved to office style god, and all champion the mantle of refreshed, stylish business-casual. Try them out as recommended, or, if you feel inclined to do so, mix and match; just ditch the finance-bro digs. Below, three ways to rock business-causal this summer that don’t suck.

The Updated Uniform:

Change can be a hard thing to embrace, and we get that you might be apprehensive about switching up your everyday uniform. If that’s the case, start by updating your staples, instead. It’s cool to stick to the safety of blue-navy, but try an easier cut — like the Desk to Dinner Shirt from Bonobos — and some updated trousers instead of your stuff old styles. Maybe you even swap the brogues for some work-approved sneakers, too. The sky is the limit!

a blue checked shirt from Bonobos on a grey background

Bonobos Desk to Dinner Shirt

a model in a pair of navy blue pants from Lululemon on a grey background

Lululemon Commision Slim Fit Pant

a pair of white On tennis shoes on a grey background

On THE ROGER Advantage Sneaker

The “Business on the Top, Party on the Bottom”:

So often, the “casual” end of business-casual gets swept under the rug. We’re putting our foot down; it is perfectly acceptable to wear jeans — especially handsome, selvage joints that’ll make you the envy of every Levi’s loser and denim afficianado alike — when they’re dressed up with a breathable blazer and some lightweight woven loafers.

a blue linen blazer from Club Monaco on a grey background
Club Monaco

Club Monaco Summer Linen Blazer

a pair of dark wash jeans from Buck Mason on a grey background
Buck Mason

Buck Mason Japanese Selvedge Full Saddle Jean

a pair of woven tan loafers from G.H. Bass on a grey background
G.H. Bass

G.H. Bass Larson Woven Crepe Leather Weejuns

The Sauve Sweater Polo Swap:

If you haven’t incorporated the swanky sweater polo into your work wardrobe, well, you’re missing out. Just formal enough to pass inspection but with all the ’50s (and ’60s, and ’70s) charm of an off-the-clock Don Draper, it’s the best way to make an impression at the office…and at the post-work happy hour. Paired with some eye-catching pants and an easy slip-on? We’re not saying you’ll automatically get a raise, but we’re not not saying that, either.

a tan and brown sweater polo from Abercrombie on a grey background
Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie and Fitch Houndstooth Button-Through Sweater Polo

a pair of tan Gurkha pants from Todd Snyder on a grey background
Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder Italian Cotton Gurkha Trouser

a pair of Chamula slip on shoes on a grey background

Chamula Cancun Slip-On Shoe

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