I’m inherently more of a casual guy. I’m more comfortable circling around this part of the formality spectrum. I still like jackets and ties and pocket squares. I even like wearing suits. But, I need them to still express me. I’m not a businessman and have zero desire to be one. So, I’d rather not emulate business attire. That said, #menswear evolved in close conjunction with the evolution of modern business, so to be informed by classic meanswear will necessarily invoke a ‘business’ look. It’s a matter of making it your own.
I find myself wearing this chino jacket from LEC more and more often. Partially, it’s because I don’t worry about beating it up a bit. It wasn’t expensive. It fits well - if toward the snug side of things. It’s quite neutral, so easy to accessorize. Yet, in 90% of the places I go, simply because I’m wearing a jacket, I’m more ‘formally’ dressed than 95% of the guys in there.
I’m wearing a green grenadine tie with a pink pocket square based on some explicit consultation with a colour wheel. Green and pink are opposites on the wheel.
The toque is a cashmere-cotton blend from Rugby. It’s perfect for Toronto weather. The shirt is the extra slim fit OCBD from Brooks Brothers. The jeans are PRL selvedge that I picked up on sale at Mr. Porter. The shoes are Allen Edmond moc toe chukkas (I can’t remember the actual name).