Men’s fashion has evolved thru the years. Gone are the days when its only suit and tie for office and formal occasions. Likewise, street style fashion and casual pieces get an upgrade with hybrid looks that’s versatile yet sharp. Today, fashion is also a form of self expression. More than just the looks, it is art. Discover the art of dressing up and be guided by these basics to get you started.
Polo Ralph Lauren is the quintessential premium American casual style brand
What is Casual?
Careless and free, casual is the most relaxed look of Mens fashion. Since it is not restricted to a certain type of clothing, there is a lot of room for experimentation. Throw in anything that you are comfortable with, go bold with colors and accessorize. Casual is your day to day look, this is where you can show more of your personality.
When to wear a casual attire?
A doctors appointment, running an errand, visiting a friend, attending your child’s baseball event – basically anywhere that you need to go that doesn’t require a dress code. Casual is your go-to style where you can showcase your personal style.
What to wear on a casual attire?
You can go as basic as dark wash jeans, clean and crisp white t-shirt and white sneakers. Add a little bit of attitude and replace your dark wash with high quality ripped jeans, keep the white shirt but layer it with a scarf or jacket depending on the weather. Comfort is the keyword for dressing casual, go for what makes you feel good. However, not all of your comfy clothes will pass as casual. It is not gym wear, beach wear or sleep wear. A good rule of thumb is – if you cant wear it to a dinner out with your friends or family, then it is probably not casual.
Casual Fabrics and Color Palette
Casual directly translates to a relaxed airy feeling so soft and light fabrics such as cotton, flannel and soft denim are all welcome. Colors that are soothing to the eyes – white, light blue, light yellow and light gray. Occasionally you can add a splash of bold color especially if you are attending a themed event.
Casual Do’s and Don'ts
- Do accentuate and layer pieces like cotton and flannel with silk or cashmere.
- Do showcase your personal style thru accessories.
- Do play with occasion appropriate bold colors and prints.
- Don’t wear sweatpants, baggy clothing, or hoodies.
- Don’t wear tight clothing, that’s the exact opposite of a casual look.
- Don’t wear shorts or flip flops, save them for your trips to the beach.
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1- BALMAIN White Shirt ($595)
2- AMIRI Broken Jeans ($855)
3- SAINT LAURENT Shoes ($991)
4- ROANO Silver Bracelet ($191)
1- BOGLIOLI Denim Shirt ($346)
2- NUDIE Jeans ($199)
3- PHILIPP PLEIN White Shoes ($527)
4- ROANO Blue Leather Silver Bracelet ($163)
1- CANALI Linen Shirt ($220)
2- FRESCOBOL CARIOCA Linen Pants ($335)
3- TOD'S Brown Shoes ($428)
4- ROANO Bronzo Bracelet ($80)
1- BOGLIOLI Denim shirt ($346)
2- HUGO BOSS dark blue jeans ($163)
3- JOHNSTON & MURPHY brown shoes ($169)
4- ROANO Black silver ring ($82)
Wether its casual, smart casual, business casual or formal, always make sure that your clothing fits you perfectly, not too tight and not too loose. You don’t want to splurge on the best tuxedo only to look like you were wearing your grandfather’s (because its too loose) or your younger brother’s (because its too tight) at the event. Most of all, the best tip on donning any attire is to always wear them with confidence. Stand tall and chin up, stand and stride with pride. Although these styles are supposed to give you a confidence boost, only your attitude and character will make you stand out from the crowd.