The Only 3 Business Casual Outfits You Need

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Ah, corporate life. Great colleagues, busy days and plenty of Thursday nights spent at the city bar courtesy of the company credit card – it can be awesome. But, chances are, your office dress code involves a business suit. Yep. A suit. This is Australia – are our bosses serious?! Hot summers spent tugging tirelessly at your tie, your poor neck suffocated by the dreaded top button, and hauling your shirt tail out of your pants the second the clock strikes 5pm. We know the feeling.

In theory, getting the green light from your employer to turn the formalities down a notch is a dream come true. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Business casual is a tough dress code to master. Just how casual, and what’s going to get the boss raising a brow?

Unfortunately, a casual workplace dress code is seldom a free pass to toss out your collared shirts and fill your wardrobe with sweatpants and baggy shorts. It’s still a place of work, and you still need to look the part – particularly if you have a customer facing role. Keep your Homer Simpson pyjamas for Netflix marathons.

These three business casual outfits will keep you and your boss happy:

A typical business casual outfit A typical business casual outfit

Chinos + shirt + jumper

When dressing for a business casual dress code, chinos are a sure win. Opt for a range of colours, both light and dark – these will take you through every season. A navy shade and a stone or tan shade is a great place to start. They’re light, easy to wear and they pretty much go with everything. To paraphrase a classic; chinos are a man’s best friend. Team these with a crisp shirt and a fitted jumper. The collared shirt keeps you looking smart and professional, while the chino keeps you relaxed and casual.

Smart pants + loafers + shirt

Don’t toss out your suit pants yet. Revamping your smart pants with a relaxed loafer and an untucked shirt gives you the casual comfort you need with a sharp edge that’s office appropriate ready. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the colour of your shirt, either. Keep a white one on hand for when you need to smarten up, but for day-to-day cool, a coloured shirt can transform your whole look.

Jeans + t-shirt + blazer

Oh yeah. Jeans to work – that’s the dream. It’s all about combinations with business casual. Sure, with your thongs and slogan tee, your jeans are better off left with your hazy memories of last weekend. But, throw a plain, fitted t-shirt and a casual blazer into the mix, and your jeans are whistling a different tune. Opt for a smart shoe, and coordinate the colour to your belt. Well curated accessories will draw your look together and take you from work to play – and back!

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Middle ground

Pair of jeans is definitely more casual than a pair of chinos. Paired with a nice pair of boots you can take the business casual more to the casual side

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