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Men’s Clothing Tips: Expert Advice on Business Dress and Business Casual

Building a wardrobe for work is no easy task. You don’t want to appear too casual, but you also don’t want to overdress. So how do you know what to wear? For starters, take your cues from other employees. Beyond that, here is some solid men’s clothing advice for business dress and business casual.

Men’s Business Dress Tips

If you’re going for a professional look, build your wardrobe around these must-have elements:

1. Men's Suits and Suit Separates

Business dress translates to a suit and tie. If you’re attending an interview, client meeting or your daily job in a professional office, there’s no substitute for a suit. Look for suits made from Superfine wool like our Signature, Signature Gold and Executive suits. They’re comfortable to wear and always look sharp. Accessorize your suit with a silk tie and freshly pressed dress shirt.

2. Dress Shirts

Don’t underestimate the importance of the dress shirt you choose to match your suit. Not only do you want to pick a complementary color or pattern, but you also need to be sure the shirt is in good condition. Ensure that the collar is nicely pressed and fits well without any stains or fraying. Also take a look at your buttons. If any are broken or loose, repair them.

3. Leather Dress Shoes

Pairing business casual shoes with a suit is a common mistake; this quickly undercuts your professional appearance. Instead, follow this men’s dress tip: The best shoes to wear with a suit are fine leather shoes with a leather, not rubber, sole. You can choose between different styles, such as moc, tassel, wingtip or squared toe, but make sure they are freshly polished. Explore our quality collection of JoS. A. Bank, Allen Edmonds, Cole Haan and Johnston & Murphy shoes.

Men’s Business Casual Tips

Business casual dress is hard to define, but the general goal is to look somewhat relaxed but still neat and ready for work. You can’t go wrong with these men’s clothing tips for business casual wear:

1. Dress Pants and Casual Pants

Don a pair of gray or khaki pants with a nice belt. You can pair dress pants and khakis with a variety of shirts and blazers to suit any occasion. For example, you can easily wear a sportshirt, dress shirt, polo, sweater, or sportcoat to complete the look.

2. Men's Sportshirts

A button-down collar works best for business casual because you’re not wearing a tie. Button-down collars stay nicely in position when the top button is undone. Take a look at our Traveler Wrinkle-Free shirts for a freshly pressed look or Stays Cool broadcloth to keep you cool and comfortable in warm settings.

3. Casual Shoes

When going business casual, don’t wear sneakers. You still need to wear leather shoes that have a polished finish, but you have more options when it comes to casual shoes. You can choose shoes with more interesting stitching, colors and patterns, and rubber soles.

Remember if you have any questions about what is appropriate for work, you can consult one of our many experts at our store locations.

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