I was sitting in a bar on Saturday evening when I met a young accountant named Dave*, and we got talking about what he wears to work. He was telling me that it's a business casual environment, which in my opinion is the hardest style for the average guy to adhere to while looking cool. What does business casual even mean? Boring dress shirts tucked into badly cut dress pants, with loafers? Who knows. One thing is certain — it's damn near impossible to look good in the aforementioned. There's something about that tucked-in shirt with dress pants that gives me the heeby jeebies, and since nobody else in the office wears a sportcoat or tie, most guys aren't going to want to be that guy who does it first. I suggested Dave try a cardigan, but he said that they intimidate him. I'm currently in the market for a cardigan right now, so I've been scouring the internet to find one that I love, and this one above by Wallace & Barnes, is the best I've seen yet. If only I'd gotten Dave's contact details I would have sent it to him. (Dave, if you're reading this, hi!) I reckon if he threw it on over an oxford cloth button-down, with slim-fit charcoal/some kind of tweedy-looking pants, and dark brown or black leather lace-ups, he'd automatically be elevated to best-dressed-man-in-the-office status. Why do corporates inflict business casual on their poor male employees? The mind boggles. More photos below.
Oxford cloth button down by Kamakura.
Ludlow slim suit pants in English wool by J Crew.
Black leather longwing brogues by Meermin.
*p.s. Dave if that wasn't your actual name, I apologise — it was loud in there.
p.p.s. Don't forget to leave the top and bottom cardigan buttons unbuttoned!
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