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Seriously, it’s a lot easier than you think it is. You need pants: maybe a couple pair of wellmade, wellfitting, flatfront chinos, a couple pair of odd trousers (also plainfront, or a single reverse pleat), a pair of very dark straightleg denim, and a pair of finewale, dark cords which you won’t wear until the fall so you might as well buy them nike superfly boots for kids then.
You need shirts: Dress shirts with patterns, no tie. soccer cleats hypervenom Rolling up the sleeves adds instant casual. Buttondown oxfords and point collars work better than spread, which get too spread when they’re left open. Slimmer is better, not too blousy. Polo shirts that fit well, worn untucked, so watch the length. Untucked shirts ought to fall somewhere around halfway down your fly.
Jackets: Your coworkers probably don’t wear jackets but you’re coming from suits so you’ll feel more comfortable in them, so wear them! Don’t try to wear a suit jacket as a sportcoat, though, that just looks like a sportcoat.
Shoes: Here’s a chance to have some fun. Clunky wingtips, retro sneakers, Chelsea boots.
I don’t think you need to “hip” yourself up anywhere near as much as you think, though. Even the people you work with wear different clothes to work and to a rock show. If you try to do otherwise you’ll just end up with a bunch of clothes that you don’t particularly like for either purpose. And after years of buying suits I wouldn’t encourage you to jump into a style which will mean replacing your wardrobe annually there’s no reason for it, and most people only do it because they don’t know there’s a middle ground between that and classic men’s style.
(And I must once again pimp The Style Forum. Check out both the Men’s Clothing and the Streetwear and Denim forums, especially the “What are you wearing today, threads in each.)
posted by mendel at 7:02 AM on June 21, 2007 [12 favorites]
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posted by charmston at 7:53 AM on June 21, 2007
Browse the photos at The Sartorialist. A lot of them are wearing business suits but there’s also a fair amount of photos of stylish business casual. For ideas on the hipster side, try to pick up some elements from Face Hunter.
Keep the dress shirts and add casual jackets, pants, sweaters, and/or shoes to dress down. Skinny ties, vests, white white sneakers, and the whole vintage look are also very popular with the hipster crowd right now and can add a bit of casual style without losing too many professional points soccer cleats hypervenom nike superfly boots for kids.