Business Casual Attire For Men & Dress Code Explained with Lookbook Outfits

  • Published on Sep 7, 2016
  • Full Business Casual Guide, here:
    So how do we get from suit, dress shirt and tie to a very relaxed dress code with khakis and Polo shirts? Well, it all started with Aloha Fridays. This trend became quite popular in Hawaii and was eventually adopted on the mainland. Subsequently, people were familiar with it and wore it more often.
    So what does business casual mean in a nutshell? Basically, it means no suit but also no jeans.
    1. White collar business casual - Bank, law firm, accounting firm
    The core piece in your wardrobe would be the dark navy blazer. Stick with just dark horn buttons. Stick with a single breasted and notched lapel look for a very normal appearance.
    You can also go with other kinds of sports coats that are patterned.
    When it comes to dress shirts, you should invest in some oxford shirts. They have a nice 2-tone appearance to them which makes them more casual and perfectly suited for business casual.
    When it comes to pants you can either wear chinos or khakis or dress pants in grey, light grey, mid-grey, not blue, especially if you have a navy blazer because it's too close but not the same. Basically, you want to have a certain amount of contrast.
    As far as accessories go, you can have a pocket square, you can go with a dressy watch or maybe with a naval strap to mix it up and make it more casual, depends on your specific office. When in doubt, always go a little more formal.
    For shoes and boots, you can basically wear anything in the color brown, reddish brown, or dark brown, maybe even tan.
    Since you're at the office, you should always bring a bag. A proper gentleman always carries a bag. It could be made of leather, of canvas, or a mix of the two but leave the backpack at home and only use it when you go hiking.
    2. Service business casual or more relaxed office environments
    If you have client contact, chances are you are required to wear a jacket, sportscoat, blazer, at all times. If you're not, maybe you can get away with just wearing a dress shirt or a polo shirt. If you feel a sportcoat would be too formal, you can also try just to go with a vest because it's dressier than just a dress shirt but less formal than a jacket.
    For shirts, button down collars are good as well as long sleeved polo shirts. Neckties are entirely optional. At this level, denim or jeans are still not okay to wear, go with chinos or khakis.
    During the colder months of the year, sweaters of all kinds are great, you can either have them with a tie or without. Alternatively, have a cardigan or a sweater vest. Simply an ideal look for this environment because it's dressier than just having a shirt.
    As far as shoes go, I personally would suggest you go with classic shoes such as derbys, monk straps, loafers in brown because they work with everything and are just the perfect business look.
    Of course, the bag you should have can be a little more relaxed so it can be canvas, could be more weathered. Of course, a vintage leather patina bag is always appropriate and looks phenomenal.
    3. Startup Business casual
    It's always to your advantage to put your best foot forward and that means, dressing up a bit more.
    Wear a polo shirt even if it's short sleeved. Rather than wearing shorts when it's warm consider maybe a pair of seersucker pants. Instead of crocs or flip-flops, switch over to boat shoes, you can also go with driving mocs and a sockless look.
    When it's cold outside, you can't just go to the office with just your blazer so ideal companions would be a trench coat in between seasons. When it gets much colder, you can get something like a peacoat which is shorter but it covers your jacket and it's very warm. If you want something lightweight that's more fun, you can think about something like a quilted jacket.
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Comments • 183

  • Gentleman's Gazette
    Gentleman's Gazette  3 years ago +37

    What's your take on business casual?

    • Alberto Galindez
      Alberto Galindez 4 months ago

      Nice video, I really like the first option, but I have a black blazer instead of a dark navy one, is it still acceptable? That is the only thing I do not have.

    • kevin webster
      kevin webster 7 months ago

      I loathe it myself, I'm fortunate enough to work for a company that requires formal business dress.

    • Mybad
      Mybad 8 months ago

      Ur mom

  • Kyle Havens
    Kyle Havens 4 days ago

    I feel that the word casual should not be used at all if dress shoes or loafers are expected. I am not saying I think brightly colored athletic shoes are, but neutral tone comfortable walking shoes should be absolutely acceptable in any work environment that requires a decent amount of walking

  • Sans the tiktocker
    Sans the tiktocker 9 days ago

    I am going to dinner this thanksgiving so dress code of that resturants is casual business so i landed here pls tell me what to eear coat or tie or straw coat or tuxido

  • Ptah Asar
    Ptah Asar 23 days ago

    Good Job!

  • Joe Lloyd
    Joe Lloyd Month ago +1

    Save the bell haha. Saved by the bell.

  • Mighty Terror
    Mighty Terror Month ago

    Esto es un welebicho

  • David Zell
    David Zell Month ago

    I work in the legal side of the cannabis industry, so basically business casual, or even just jeans with a button-up or collared shirt are the norm. I typically go for a pair of steel-toe oxfords (looks great, but ready for anything in the workshop), khaki slacks, and button-up shirt with some kind of floral or geometric pattern on it. Looks sharp enough for people to take you seriously, but doesn't look too stuffy for the cannabis industry. This is one of the few industries where looking TOO stuffy may actually work against you past a certain point. Very, very few people in this industry will be wearing suits.

  • Paul Subramanya
    Paul Subramanya 2 months ago


  • Peace Coyote
    Peace Coyote 2 months ago

    Very helpful, thanks.

  • Ondrus21
    Ondrus21 2 months ago

    No, thanks. I think I'll keep my shorts and t-shirt.

  • Roland Seper
    Roland Seper 2 months ago +1

    I have really enjoyed this look and style. Great work mister. Now I have to get ready to hit the club both this video in style and then Delta Parole - Wasted Music Video that I had watched before this since it just released, motivated me to be the man tonight. Small The Killers namedrop for those that know haha who is also a big fan and what are any of the other beautiful peoples hit the club songs?

  • Not Me
    Not Me 2 months ago

    Midtown Uniform dictates that a Patagonia vest be worn in place of a blazer at banks.

  • Charles
    Charles 3 months ago

    what I came here for 2:52 - 6:21

  • Envy Fino
    Envy Fino 3 months ago

    I have a job interview and I was told to dress business casual and I was like "what the heck is that?" so now I am here, watching this video.

    • XxaidanxX sniperz
      XxaidanxX sniperz 27 days ago

      I never knew that wearing a coat was important for business casual.

  • Hussein Alobaidy
    Hussein Alobaidy 3 months ago +1

    Thank you so much

  • P. Nice
    P. Nice 3 months ago +1

    I'm addicted to watching you, RMRS, and Alpha M. Apparently I heard all 3 of you are good friends and hold conferences in my home town of Atlanta...👍

  • Jortiz
    Jortiz 3 months ago

    Hurry up!!! Tell me what’s business code!!!

  • esperCELL
    esperCELL 4 months ago +1

    *chino vs slacks whats the difference?*

  • John Conners
    John Conners 4 months ago

    See I usually cling towards the color black, usually with only say a tie or a pocket square being a different color. Usually either red or a nice kind of medium purple.

  • Dan Arch
    Dan Arch 6 months ago


  • powerpsi /
    powerpsi / 6 months ago

    This guy freaks me out no offense to the presenter. Like some sort of Hannibal Lecter type

  • Girl Oscar-Wilde
    Girl Oscar-Wilde 6 months ago +1

    Everywhere but Europe people are going to make fun of you for carrying a "murse." Backpacks are always acceptable in the USA.

    • Hai Pham
      Hai Pham 3 months ago +2

      Everywhere but USA that you will be made fun of for something trivial like that. Americans are fashion terrorists.

  • Tomorrow is Yesterday
    Tomorrow is Yesterday 7 months ago


  • Lee Hunt
    Lee Hunt 7 months ago +1

    As I transition in my style as I approach 50, I find your videos so informative and entertaining. Thank you for all the hard work and research you put into these videos.

  • Jesús David Flores
    Jesús David Flores 7 months ago

    Would a traditional tie with a spread collar shirt (solid colors) be acceptable for a first day at work where the HR Office asked the employees to comply with the following "Dress Code: Business Casual". ? I will appreciate the feedback!

  • R K
    R K 7 months ago

    Business casual needs to be explained? Shorts, tee shirt, flip flops, a cooler of brewskis, meeting in the west conference room at 2 PM, we're doing business casual.

  • v10moped
    v10moped 8 months ago

    why roll up your pants legs when wearing loafers. why the need to show off your ankles? This fad needs to die off already.

  • Aaron M
    Aaron M 8 months ago

    At my office here in Phoenix we have a pretty causal dress code. Casual Friday’s = dark jeans and nice shoes for most people. I wear a dress shit with a sweater/jacket and dress pants most of the time. I work in commercial insurance btw

  • Steven Baldridge
    Steven Baldridge 9 months ago

    Got a job set up that enforces ‘Business casual’ so thank you so much for the help. I am completely illiterate when it comes to fashion

  • Jose Hernandez Martinez

    Well, I am overdressed, I don't have anything business casual, all I have is a suit that I use when I go to weedings, etc. And my interview is in one hour.

  • Thinker831
    Thinker831 9 months ago

    just got a second interview at a great job and they said to come in business attire i’m trying to figure out what exactly to wear i don’t wanna go over dressed but under dressed either. should i just go with the whole suit? i want to get one on a budget and only have s few days but i want it to fit just right and make a great impression. i need it for my

    • Gunhound507
      Gunhound507 8 months ago

      Wear the suit, you can always drop the jacket off at a coat rack if you need to dress down.

  • Ian Spooner
    Ian Spooner 9 months ago

    Business casual for a job as an electrician.

  • Josh Bobst
    Josh Bobst 10 months ago

    What do you guys think about a nylon computer bag in the relaxed office setting?

  • Mary Cahill
    Mary Cahill 10 months ago

    Your advice here is spot on!

  • SteelWarrior115
    SteelWarrior115 10 months ago

    So where do say, sere sucker, light brown, bolder patterned, etc. suits fit in to a dress code.

  • Sampy Hardin
    Sampy Hardin 10 months ago

    Since when did Peewee Herman start making fashion videos?

  • Ramy
    Ramy Year ago

    Here in Canada people have taken casual Friday to a new high , every one looks like they're going fishing all the time , its terrible.

  • Stephen Pickètt
    Stephen Pickètt Year ago

    Brown DOES NOT work with anything!

  • spookysama
    spookysama Year ago


  • Cory McKiver
    Cory McKiver Year ago

    Great video.

  • Laird Groff
    Laird Groff Year ago

    I work in a very business casual environment where basically clothes are required to cover your skin and I hate it. I wanted to dress up but dress shoes at my office would look stranger than cowboy boots. #FML

  • Clyde Kimsey
    Clyde Kimsey Year ago +1

    REAL men don't need bags unless it is holding a laptop.

  • Clyde Kimsey
    Clyde Kimsey Year ago

    Sweaters in 95 degree San Antonio weather?

  • Edward Williams
    Edward Williams Year ago

    So whats difference between business casual and smart casual

  • 1337eddie
    1337eddie Year ago

    Does anyone know what brand and/or model the quilted jacket at 10:19 is?

  • Julian Martinez
    Julian Martinez Year ago +1

    "don't wear a backpack because it makes you look like a little school boy" lol

  • MrJeebusWalks
    MrJeebusWalks Year ago +5

    this guy is one of the most disturbing looking dudes Ive ever watched... that smile...

  • Helen Hebert
    Helen Hebert Year ago +1

    Gabardine, not grenadine. LOL. That messed me up trying to think of the right word for an agonizing 5 minutes.

  • Sulaymaan Kingseed

    He seems like a delightful fellow but he really needs a speech coach. His fluctuations are killing me- I can't follow him with the ups and downs with his speech tempo..

  • Jose Alejandro Garcia

    All good minus the purse. I mean bag. Don’t think I could ever bring one of those to work. No one absolutely no one at my workplace has one

  • prince jay Charles



    Can you wear A diamond tip Bow Tie with denim dress shirt and Chinos and Loafers? To A Walmart Job Orientation?

    • Girl Oscar-Wilde
      Girl Oscar-Wilde 6 months ago +1

      I imagine you could wear almost anything to a Walmart job orientation.

  • Mal
    Mal Year ago +1

    this is so useful! I need to get some new wardrobe for my fancy new workplace and I really needed this guide. thank you, good sir :)

  • Leo Trainor
    Leo Trainor Year ago


  • SchwarzerFürst
    SchwarzerFürst Year ago

    Sehr hilfreich! Vielen Dank!

  • Caed Shileikis
    Caed Shileikis Year ago

    Wow, I love the color on the Double Monks at 8:05. Could you share the details of those shoes w/ us Sven? Thank You!

  • Grant Huling
    Grant Huling Year ago +3

    Save the Bell

  • Spring Fox
    Spring Fox Year ago +1

    That jacket is the meaning of perfection.

  • I Am Worthy
    I Am Worthy Year ago +2

    I learned nothing!

    • Niko Gwaj
      Niko Gwaj 7 months ago +2

      That’s probably your fault.

  • Point one, Point two

    Please stop saying dapper. You could try using words like stylish or sharp, just don't use dapper.

    • Brian Hawkins
      Brian Hawkins 11 months ago +2

      You are wrong; dapper is the best word!