Your casual style talks volumes about your personality without you even realizing because you carry it most it most of the time
It’s difficult to know which clothing pieces are categorized as “causal” and which don’t. Most men consider a suit as a “Business wear”. But think about it more a moment, will you wear a salmon-pink suit with green pinstripes to a boardroom meeting? Probably not.
Depending on your profession and work environment, business is really hard to define. Your causal apparel might be fancier than your office attire, or less. Or it can be the exact same wardrobe.
Designer labels or minimal, tailored or rugged, casual clothes are you, and what you are as men. They express your personal style when no else is limiting your style potential. The choice of what to wear is completely up to you.
For most men, this freedom can be daunting. They subsequently retreat into a cliché “Uniform” of Casual style. They go for khaki and button-down shirts for fancy occasions, and a modest tee and jeans for everything else. While done right these get-ups look really good, it doesn’t look interesting or sharp.
With minimal effort and thought, however, your casual style can turn heads, everywhere you go.
How to Uplift Your Casual Style
Variety is the core element and soul of a good casual style wardrobe.
If you happen to come across a fashion model or just a sharply dressed man on the street, you’ll notice one thing. What makes his style stand out from the crowd is that it isn’t like everybody else’s.
But that doesn’t that to look dapper and casual you have to wear designer labels or wild leopard prints. The standard of mainstream men’s fashion is set so low, that you don’t have to do much effort to stand out.
Here are 4 easy and simple ways to uplift your casual style above the above Joe’s.
The biggest issue with the cliché t-shirt/jeans or button-down shirt/khaki is that they look complete at a single view. No one is going to pay attention, because there is nothing there to grasp it.
Layering simply means adding parts to attire. A jacket is a layer, so is a wool sweater, or a hat or a scarf, and even a decently slung shoulder bag.
The outcome of adding pieces beyond the shirt and pants is visual elaboration. There’s more to see, so people’s attention span stays longer.
So add a few layering pieces to the wardrobe. Blazers are great, choose a navy suit jacket or a denim leather jacket, have at least one of those. From there, go for the style which suits you the best.
Emphasize the Accents
Dressing sharply is about people perceiving your appearance and looking back at it.
Correct accents give people something about you to remember in the style context.
But what really is an accent? Simply anything that isn’t the huge-body covering piece of the dressing. Trousers, button-downs or blazers aren’t accents; almost any other piece or accessory can be, depending on how to carry it.
Making minimal changes to your basic accents can take your style from “Mediocre” to “Eye-catching.” Replace the plain brown shoes for a pair of bold-colored canvas shoes, or try a loafer with a metallic buckle. Invest in a great timepiece, it always pays dividends.
But you should beware of a little moderation. Your attire shouldn’t just consist of one accent. Some hues, detail and added uniqueness where most men opting for the most neutral and safe option, this surely make you stand out.