2. Business Casual – Before
This is a great before & after because I often see men dressed like this. The basics are down (classic khakis, belt and shoes match, proper scaling of shirt/blazer patterns) but a lack of attention to detail throws everything off.
It takes a little more effort to pull it all together. By effort, I don’t mean that it should take more time to get dressed in the morning. The effort comes in the form of wardrobe planning, smart shopping, and developing a relationship with a good tailor. Put in the work to curate and tailor a versatile wardrobe for your lifestyle and you will reap the benefits for years to come.
What we can learn from Gabe’s “before” look:
- A backpack is not an appropriate bag for a blazer. It’s not elegant enough and not good for the lifespan of your jacket.
- Another example of “hybrid” shoes. Avoid these at all costs.
- The chinos here fit fairly well through the hips and thigh, but are a little wide toward the bottom. This looks sloppy and gives his silhouette unnatural ”cankles”.
- Don’t be afraid to wear a tie for “business casual”. It looks put together, not necessarily “too formal”.
- To upgrade your look you don’t need to overhaul your entire wardrobe. Remember that some pieces can be revived by a tweak at the tailor. We had Gabe’s vintage blazer hooked up by The Tailoring Room.
Business Casual – After
- “Huxley” eye glasses by Warby Parker
- Shadow plaid blazer Vintage (tailored)
- White cotton pocket square
- Light blue slim-fit shirt by Brooks Brothers
- Burgundy Pindot Tie by Polo Ralph Lauren
- Heather grey flannel trousers by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Oxblood loafers by Scarpe di Bianco
- Canvas & Leather briefcase by Filson