All guys need that go-to outfit when they need to attend an event, meeting or party that’s deemed “dressy casual.” It’s one of the most daunting dress codes, because no one really knows how far to go on either side of the dressy/casual scale. Obviously, that can be up to your own interpretation or personal style, but I found someone who hit it right on the head.
I stopped this Fashionisto not too far from my dorm building because I loved his clean-cut look that could fit almost any occasion. Layering, stripes and casual oxford shoes have all been huge trends in men’s fashion for the past couple of years. This Fashionisto perfectly incorporates them all into his outfit while sticking to a very calm palette of colors.
In this look, the button-down and camel colored oxfords put the dressy in “dressy casual.” Whereas, his striped V-neck and slim fitting pants are the pieces that provide a more relaxed feel. This Fashionisto added even more of a casual touch by rolling up his sleeves. Remember, it only works if you do it neatly!
Hint: Just a few simple changes can make this look more casual or dressy, and more appropriate for your occasion. Looking to dress it down? Nike’s Roshe Run sneakers are huge right now, and this pair could add a pop of color along with a sporty feel. However, if you’re wanting to look more dapper and distinguished, add a nice tie and blazer. This Macy’s tie and this unique hooded blazer from River Island would be a great match. The key to finding the perfect “dressy casual” look is by truly understanding the atmosphere of your environment and adding in your own personal spin. You will never go wrong with the wonderfully layered button-down and V-neck sweater combo because it’s timeless and always appropriate.