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Style Inspiration: 5 Business Casual Dress Essentials to Keep you Sharp at the Office

Fellas, even if you work in a business casual environment, getting dressed doesn't have to be a chore. Add these 5 essentials to your fall wardrobe and you'll always look sharp at work. These items will also keep you looking put together at happy hour and dinner.

Tailored Blazer

Whether you choose between an unstructured or structured blazer, make sure it's well fitting. An unstructured blazer lessens the bulk and removes the lining and fits closer to the body. Conversely, a structured blazer has a lining and a little more material. I suggest a blazer in navy, grey or burgundy. These colors pair very well with dark denim and you can contrast darker colors with lighter ones to give your look depth and dimension.

Structured Blazer

Unstructured Blazer

Dress Shirts

Dress shirts look great worn by themselves or underneath a blazer or sweater. Dress shirts are classic, versatile and sophisticated. The dress shirt should be worn tucked unless it is made to be worn untucked. Pick up a few in different colors and prints to give yourself some options. Side note: dress shirts meant to be worn untucked have a shorter silhouette for the body like those sold by the brand, UNTUCKit.

V-Neck Sweater

A V-neck sweater is also versatile and works well as a lightweight layer that can be paired with a dress shirt or worn by itself. It can be dressy or casual depending on the setting. You can pair it with a blazer for a more professorial look or wear it by itself with jeans to dress it down. Try a monochromatic look for a sleek outfit option.

Dark Denim

Dark jeans work well in a business casual setting since the color is subdued and pairs well with a variety of tops and shoes. The darker the denim, the better they look. The best fit for dark denim is straight or slim, they'll give you a lean, tall, modern look. Use your dark denim to anchor your look and provide color contrast.


Wingtips have become the go-to shoe for dressier occasions but they work just as well with dark denim creating a look that's relaxed yet refined. Wingtips offer nice detailing that add interest to your footwear while still holding true to the classic styling cues that have made them timeless. Cognac or brown are the most versatile colors for wingtips. Extra style points for wingtip boots, you get the same styling details but in an ankle boot.

Let me know what are some of your go-to office dress essentials.

Stay stylish friends...

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