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A Gentleman's Guide to Business Casual - Spring/Summer

Although the warmer months bring a more relaxed feel, it is important to continue dressing stylishly in professional settings. The importance of business casual wear has brought about a number of clothing options suited for the warmer weather. Follow these tips for an all around guide to business casual wear in the spring and summer.

Shirts

The classic, collared, button down shirt is simply a must in all seasons. However, the materials, colours, and patterns change from season to season. To keep cool and dry in the summer, opt for light cotton or linen.

When it comes to colours, look for pastels in lilac, pink or green. Pair with a complimenting light blazer or a patterned tie in the same colour scheme.

Patterned collared shirts are a great way to express your personality and are currently available in many varieties. Chequered shirts have been popular for a few seasons and are a nice alternative to solid colours.  Chequered shirts are flattering on most body types and work particularly well on the taller and skinner gent.

Explore further with a paisley print in softer colours, such as a cream background and some paisley detail in blues or purples. Avoid overwhelming and tacky styled paisley designs, which are all too common.

Finally, a denim shirt in a variety of shades is perfect for a business casual look. The spring and summer months especially allow this shirt to be paired with a variety of trousers from navy to beige to the brighter colours.

Ensure that the fit around the shoulders and chest are well suited. Every gent should know the measurements for their shirt down to the arm length and width of the neck. Avoid a billowing look when tucking in the shirt, which is contrary to business casual attire. Ensure the shirt is just slightly tight.

Jackets

A business casual look does not demand for trousers and jackets to match. Feel free to mix and match within your wardrobe. Lightweight blazers are a perfect option in the summer months. Although the navy blazer is ideal in all seasons, alternate with creams, mid greys, and even seersucker. In recent seasons, bright coloured blazers such as a Kelly green have become popular and pair well with a white collared shirt and navy trousers.

On all gents, the blazer should fit lose enough to be fully buttoned but not hang too loosely off of the shoulders. The blazer should be long enough to cover the backside. In the arms, the blazer should hit right at the wrists and allow shirtsleeves to peak out slightly. Finally, for the skinnier gent, shoulder pads within the blazer are a great option.

Trousers

Cotton and linen trousers are ideal in the warmer months. Look for navy, grey, seersucker, or cream colours. Chinos in shades of beige are a great option. As already mentioned, the trousers can be mixed and matched with varies blazers.

As with blazers, brighter coloured trousers are becoming popular. Many classically styled gents have been sporting red, green, or sky blue trousers.



Finally, depending on the office or social atmosphere, the spring and summer business casual look allows for jeans to be warn with a collared shirt, tie, and blazer and still maintain a business casual style. If wearing jeans, always opt for a dark wash.

Shoes

Keep shoes to solid colours in navy or various shades of brown and camel, all of which pair amazingly well with a variety of trousers and blazers. Suede is a popular option during the spring and can even be carried over to the summer. Look for loafers and Derby shoes.

Bag

While leather was a smart choice in the cooler months, switch to a classic canvas bag. Many canvas styles that are not too casual are on the market today. Look for colour schemes incorporating camel, brown, and olive tones.










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