Averting the Curse of the Semi-Formal Outfit

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Whether it’s your mate’s engagement party or an afternoon-to-evening work party, there’s certain times in a man’s life when he needs a semi-formal outfit. The feeble cousin to ‘smart-casual’, the ill-defined parameters of such a dress code can leave even the most confident of male fashion aficionados sweating.

The trick to mastering the curse of the semi-formal is to look smart and well put together, yet still retain a comfortable and relaxed demeanour. Ambiguity is a great thing, isn’t it!?

The frequency of encountering a semi-formal mind-boggler tends to remain sparse – luckily! – so you’ll be pleased to know you don’t need to buy a whole new outfit every time. Music to a man’s ears, are we right? Simply being smart about how you work your outfits can leave you semi-formal ready at the drop of a hat.

Arm yourself with these three essentials to prepare yourself for any battle with a semi-formal style requirement. These simple additions to your wardrobe can be teamed together with your style staples to achieve that carefully undone style, no matter where you’re headed.

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Blazer

The reigning hero of each style dilemma that plagues the modern man, the blazer is your semi-formal saviour. The structured elements tick off the formal feel, while soft construction and texture dress down an otherwise corporate style. Team with jeans, chinos, slacks or summer shorts to marry your attire to any semi-formal locale.

Desert Boots

Suave meets comfort in the humble desert boot. Delicately rugged textures and soft soles take care of the endless hours spent standing at events that exude semi-formal fodder. You know, like those occasion-less family gatherings that have little purpose beyond cluttering up your social schedule and forcing you to question your life’s worth.

Well placed at a notch below a business shoe, but above an Adidas Gazelle, desert boots deserve pride of place in your capsule wardrobe. Try a sandy tan or rich grey shade, teamed with indigo jeans and an Oxford button down.

Slacks

Another way around the semi-formal man-trap is to dress down an existing wardrobe staple. Take your slacks. Usually seen fondling a preppy brogue, these versatile pants will thank you for mixing things up. Team with a leather sports shoe, relaxed fit tshirt and a sharp jacket for the ultimate layering combo.

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