Friday style is all about expanding the color range. It is about moderated experimenting and trying out options that could possibly push the envelope on your presentation. This is the style that says you can be wearing a smart business casual and smile all the way out of your business meeting. Knowing fully well that business casual is more of an oxymoron. But in reality, it may not be so. You can actually take on a business meeting, or even a board meeting and still hold your ground with the looks and the wisdom.
Quick thoughts on the unformalized you!
Ditch the tie. Kind of retire it for a while. Replace it with smart outerwear. A linen jacket a lovely blazer and even a smart scarf if your type of business is smart casual in orientation – start-ups, fashion retail, high-end young IT professionals as colleagues.
You can choose the whites and the blacks for shirts. Buy a button down but don’t wear a tie. You may even choose to leave one button undone for that masculine, endearing look.
I have come across smart business casual dressers who are able to balance out T-shirts with linen jackets and blazers.
Don’t like jackets and blazers. Welcome to the Steve Jobs way. Long short polo neck T-shirts. So long you and the business can take it. That’s because casually dressed businessmen are not perceived as serious in some industries. Otherwise, why don’t we find bankers wearing T-shirts and doctors walking in denim?
One signoff thought the contrast is the game in the smart business casual world. Contrast your trouser or your jacket to the shirt. That’s what makes dressing for Fridays eminently memorable.