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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.

Cardigans

Mark Kwak

Five years ago, I thought cardigans were reserved for old men and hipsters. Think Mr. Rodgers and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  The thought of paying money for one left a bad taste in my mouth, and I never really got around to pulling the trigger until about a year and a half ago. Boy did I miss out.

I have to say, cardigans are slowly turning into one of my favorite articles of clothing. They come in so many different shapes and styles, they are incredibly comfortable, and are versatile in many ways. Think about it. You can wear a cardigan casually over a T-shirt, polo, or button down. You can wear it a bit more formally underneath a sports coat or jacket. You can unbutton it, button it, layer it, whatever! With one cardigan, I think I can probably build a thousand different outfits, no exaggeration.

Just a couple tips when wearing cardigans:

1. If wearing casually, do not button the top or bottom button.

2. Make sure the cardigan fits slim and snug on your body. Even if it's a chunky one.

So, here I am with a shawl collar cardigan, which can essentially be used as outerwear. Can be dressed up or dressed down, and I chose to dress it up a bit here. It's a bit chunkier so I wouldn't layer a jacket over it... maybe a coat. It's warm, stylish, and just awesome.

Brooks Brothers cardigan :: Brooks Brothers shirt :: Boss tie :: The Tie Bar tie bar :: Omega watch

See, even Bond approves the shawl collar cardigan.

Here's also a lighter cardigan that can work as a layering piece. I'm wearing it casually just over a V-neck T-shirt, but I believe it can be dressed up just as easily as a shawl collar cardigan.

Etro cardigan :: Calvin Klein T-shirt

Moral of the story? Definitely get yourself a cardigan. They look great, can be extremely versatile, and will keep you warm. No longer reserved for hipsters and grandpas only. Cheers!

Two prices, one outfit

Mark Kwak

At the end of the day, you are really the only one who knows what you're wearing. That is, unless you're going around obnoxiously shouting what brands of clothing you wear and the prices you paid. If you're doing that, please stop; no one likes a showoff. Anyhow, because of this, sometimes it might make sense to skip the designer stuff and pay a bit more reasonable prices for your clothing. Note: remember that I do always encourage quality > quantity, but hey, different strokes for different folks.

I got the idea for the picture above off of a guy named jdbee on reddit, where he posted one outfit at two different price points. The aesthetic outcome of the outfit may be comparable, but the prices are astronomically different.  Without watches considered (since the Rolex price is a numerical outlier), you could pay a total of $315 for the outfit above or a whopping $3480.

You may be wondering which side I chose from? Well, let's just say there's a bit of mix and match going on, and I'll let you guess.