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A guide to help the average man... look less average

Signature Style: Dressy Casual

Mark Kwak

So today, I'm bringing back the signature style series I started a while ago. And this time, it's all about the dressy casual look. If you work in an office environment, the term "business casual" is probably one that you're pretty familiar with. Well, dressy casual is kind of the same thing, but arguably a bit more informal. Still, the term is both narrow and wide at the same time, since it basically describes an outfit that lies somewhere between formal and casual, and that middle-ground is always up for debate.

To me, the dressy casual look can range from as casual as an untucked oxford shirt + dark denim + desert boots, to as formal as a navy blazer + white poplin dress shirt + grey slacks + black dress shoes. Suffice it to say, the term is slightly ambiguous.

Well, I've outfitted my buddy Eugene with a fairly versatile dressy casual look that can be a bit more formal or casual based on how you wear it. See below.

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Solid dress shirt, leather belt, dark chinos, and suede boots.

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If you want to go even more casual, untuck your shirt. Just make sure that the length of the shirt fits kind of like what you see above.

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Layer on a light V-neck sweater to change things up every now and again. Plus you can stay warmer if it's cold outside.

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It's summertime. To make things more casual, expose some ankle, and people will know you're a stylish guy.

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Don't like V-neck sweaters? Try a cardigan. Works just as well, if not better.

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I personally like a slim taper to my chinos or slacks. Seems to make a huge difference.

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If you have a leather banded watch, please wear it with an outfit like this. It's an extremely important cherry on top.

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And if you want to be more dressy with an outfit like this, tuck the shirt in and maybe even layer on a sport coat. 

 Shirt: Hucklebury | Belt: J.Crew | Watch: Timex | Cardigan: Etro

V-Neck Sweater: Merona | Pants: J.Crew | Shoes: Clarks

The outfit above is quite easy to reproduce. Just get a pair of well fitted chinos (or dress pants for those who need to be a bit more dressy), tuck in a solid or lightly patterned dress shirt, add some leather shoes, and you're good to go! For the win, my friends.