Thanks to Anand Ahuja, the ‘business casual look’ is quickly gaining popularity amongst the fashion conscious. After all, it’s not wrong to seek inspiration from the man who’s married to the country’s in-house fashionista, is it? That being said, there’s a lot of confusion that surrounds the subject and the do’s and don’ts of the dress-code remain unclear to many. So, first things first, business casuals aren’t about dressing up your casual outfits; they’re about dressing down your really formal ones. This means you can’t wear a blazer over a white tee and jeans combo and get away with it!
Think you need more tips and outfit inspiration to get your fashion juices flowing? Read on for five easy business casual looks you can try right now!
1. Colourblock It!
Looking for a simple way to add a casual touch to the classic suit? Ditch the matching blazer! Instead, opt for one in a contrasting colour and wear a tie that matches your pants for a balanced look. The colourblocked outfit is trendy, casual and professional!
2. Skip The Tie
Not too keen on going all out with colours? Don’t worry. Skipping the tie will dress down your outfit just a tad bit! Think well-fitted trousers, a button-down shirt and a smart jacket - but without a tie. To ace this look, play with classic colours like black, grey and navy.
3. Let The Third Piece Be
While adding a blazer or a jacket instantly takes any casual look up a notch, it’s also the first one to go to achieve a more relaxed attire. When you’re putting together a button down with a pair of trousers, you can choose understated colours or high contrast shades - whatever suits your style! If you’re naturally good at making a tie, this might be an opportunity to flaunt your skills.
4. Play With Colours
It’s no secret that the classic combination of navy blue and white will never go out of style, but it’s also one that’s done to death. So, don’t shy away from playing with colours! If you’re into making subtle fashion statements, then there’s no better time than now to don a pastel suit. If you’re choosing to wear a brighter colour instead, make sure you balance the look with a neutral accessory like shoes, tie or a scarf.
5. The Sans Tie Look
Yes, it is still a business casual outfit if you ditch both the blazer and the tie. The key to perfecting this look is to pick colours that complement each other. Different shades of the same colour for instance, can never go wrong.
Looks like it’s time to mix things up and give your formal wear the trendy twist it needs.