If you need an outfit that will carry you from casual Friday through happy hour, check out the Secret Wash Shirt from J.Crew. While there not quite as sophisticated as a proper a dress shirt, they’re still stylish and professional enough to wear in business casual settings. The “secret wash” is a secret, but whatever they do – the shirts are certainly comfortable. You can easily dress them up by throwing on a blazer, or even better – undo the top two buttons before you cool down with that 5 o’clock cocktail. Available in a slew of colors and patterns – $65. More info at jcrew.com
It’s tough to stay warm and adhere to business casual, but a pair of dress boots will help. These Heward dress boots for men by ALDO are comfortable, stylish, and offer more protection from the elements than regular dress shoes. They have a rubber sole which will help you trek across icy sidewalks and train platforms – making your workday commute more bearable. They are also easy to slip on and off, with a double zip closure.
These low-cut boots offer you more protection from the elements than a loafer but will still allow you to pull off a nice business casual look. The Cole Haan Air Colton Chukka has added comfort as well – concealed from view, there is NIKE AIR technology built into the heel. I saw these full grain leather puppies in the Cole Haan display window on Fifth Ave., but I did not stop in and spend the $228 it costs to own them. Maybe for Christmas….
Just because you can’t afford a Rolex, it doesn’t mean you can’t still wear a nice watch. This Armani watch with a leather strap is affordable, simple, and sleek. It has no diamonds or gold, but it will still tell the time and look appropriate on your wrist in the office. While you’re waiting for the big promotion to get a Breitling or such, you can still look good with a watch that costs as much as a long night drinking in New York City. Currently $60 off on Amazon.
If you are trying to pull of a business casual outfit, a fitted shirt will really help. Without a sports jacket or suit to cover your upper body, you don’t want your shirt “poofing” out all over the place. Especially if you are a guy with a small frame like me, it’s hard to find a button down shirt that doesn’t look baggy. Express makes some excellent and reasonably priced fitted shirts. When I wore my 1MX in the color shown, I received several compliments from female coworkers before I finished pouring my morning coffee. Also, right now these shirts are buy one get one 50% off.