5 business casual shoes for men

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Business casual is one of the most common dress codes, but this vaguely defined dress style can also cause confusion.

Business casual wear is an ambiguous style. Its identity will vary based on the season and working environment, thus making it complicated for men to know exactly how to dress smart casual appropriately.

If you really want to nail this look, you need to start with your footwear – the anchor of every outfit.

Here are 5 business casual shoes for men who want to champion the style.

Suede Lace ups or boots

While leather dress shoes are smart and sophisticated, suede options have the ability to tone down the formality of an outfit. We’d suggest a suede pair in brown, which will maintain a level of dressiness that align with any business casual dress code.

Brogues

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Every well-dress gentleman should own at least one quality pair of brogues. Though considered a “dress shoe”, the perforations on the shoe give them a more casual look. You can dress down your brogues with jeans to create some stylish flair, but remember to keep things simple and sleek. Pair skinny or slim jeans in a dark blue or black with something polished on top, such as a shirt, t-shirt and blazer, or sweater.

Loafers

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The laid back loafer offers relaxed sophistication, in both style and functionality. In a business casual setting, you can dress up your loafers with a button up shirt or polo and a pair of fitted jeans.

Chelsea Boots

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Of course, if you can have loafers with business casual, you can also have what we love to call the loafers of the boot world – Chelsea boots. Not only are they stylish, but incredibly comfortable. Their round toe with elastic sides achieve a cleaner aesthetic look than other boots.

Leather Trainers

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Trainers have worked their way into the smart-casual category. A pair of high-end trainers can dress your formal outfits down, but just make sure they are box-fresh. Try sticking to a single-colour shoe as these work better with more formal pieces.

 

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Remember, when it comes to smart casual business wear, your outfit should be well-fitting but slightly less formal than a business casual or business professional style. Start from the bottom up with your shoes to build your look.

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Men’s style guide: How to dress well

Men's style guide- How to dress well

Of course, what style works for one man, doesn’t always work for another. However, when it comes to dressing well, there are a few solid suggestions that men can follow to look their best.

Dressing well is an aspiration many men have, and it can be the simplest things that can make or break an outfit. Follow this dress guide to attract the right attention with your personal style.

Find your inspiration

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To start off, look for some inspiration from people that are doing it well. And we aren’t just talking about celebrities, who have their own professional stylists and an unlimited budget. No, you can gain inspiration from people around you or social channels and persons that deal with men’s fashion.

There is nothing wrong with imitating a style and adapting it in a way that will make you feel your best.

Know your size and fitting

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Knowing your size that best fits your body shape will enhance your overall appearance. You could be wearing on-trend and stylish clothing, but if you are not getting the fit right, you won’t be doing yourself any favours.

Try out different fittings in shirts, jeans and other pieces. If the items are too baggy or tight, change the size and don’t be afraid to look at fittings and styles that might work better with your shape. For example, while skinny jeans are stylish, they might not work with your body shape. A looser fit style of jeans might complement your look better.

Work with staples

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Next up, you need a wardrobe equipped with the basics. Include plain T-shirts, Oxford shirts, different jeans, some crew neck jumpers and you will have everything you need for a casual wardrobe.

On the smarter side, invest in good tailoring and a few smart shirts and knitwear. If you want to add personality, you’ll need to also add in-trend pieces.

Invest in quality shoes

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When it comes to smart shoes, opt for classic styles such as brogues, derbies and loafers. The great thing about these styles is that they do not only work well with tailoring, but also a pair of jeans and an Oxford shirt for more smart casual outings. Good quality dress shoes are timeless and can last you 15 years or more, so invest wisely.

For casual styles, you’ll need more than one pair of trainers. We’d suggest classic leather styles, which work with jeans and shorts. Smart leather trainers can even be paired with tailoring, if you’re brave enough.

Don’t forget about your boots for colder months. Every stylish gentleman will own at least one pair of lace-up boots and Chelsea boots, which are timeless and sophisticated.

 

Following these easy tips will get you well on your way to being a well-dressed man. It really isn’t that hard if you spend wisely, invest in versatile items and know how to style these pieces into a great outfit.

 

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What To Wear To A Summer Wedding In 2019

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Summer weddings are a great opportunity for stylish gentlemen to dress and impress. However, looking both fashionable and staying cool can be a tricky task. While a black suit and tie are always a go-to option, it may leave you feeling uncomfortably hot.

So what should you wear to a spring or summer wedding in 2019? Anatomic & Co has you covered, so that you look and feel your coolest.

What’s the wedding dress guide?

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First things first, refer to the dress code that the bride and groom requested. You don’t want to turn up in a plain tux to a Game of Thrones themed wedding…

If there is no dress code, then consider the formality of the venue.

Choose breathable materials

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Cotton or polyester items are ideal summer fabrics. As a bonus, they also look sleek and polished.

Cotton pieces allow more air circulation, which is great for ridding your body of excessive heat. One downside of the material is that it is moisture-absorbing, and can sometimes look damp.

Polyester on the other hand is moisture-wicking, meaning perspiration isn’t likely to show. However, since moisture cannot escape as easily, you won’t feel the same cooling effect that cotton gives you.

So the choice is yours – if you want to stay as cool as possible, then go with cotton. If you are going to sweat throughout the event, then polyester might work more in your favour.

Embrace brighter colours

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A summer wedding usually calls for a suit and tie – with lighter colours like grey and beige being popular options. The great thing about summer is that you have the option to embrace more colour.

Pastel coloured dress shirts work nicely for summer weddings – again we recommend something lightweight and breathable. Never underestimate the difference the colour and texture a dress shirt can make.

Summer dress shoes

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There are a number of dress shoes men can adopt for a summer wedding, that partner perfectly with a variety of outfits.

Loafers

The great thing about the loafer is that it provides a cool summer look that can work with both casual and formal apparel. This makes it one of the most versatile shoes in the summer wardrobe.

Brogues

These shoes will add interest and excitement to your summer outfits, thanks to their unique perforations. Whether you’re dressing for a smart casual wedding or semi-formal one, brogues can perfectly complete your look.

Boat shoes

For a more laid-back wedding, boat shoes are quintessentially preppy. They also come in all kinds of colours, adding life to any outfit.

 

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Men’s style guide: What to wear to a job interview

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While many job interviews don’t require a full-on suit and tie, you do need to look like you put some effort into your outfit presentation.

Making the extra effort goes a long way – everyone knows first impressions are key, and this is even more so the case in an interview.

Here’s an easy guide on what to wear to a casual or formal interview for men.

Casual Interviews

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If you’re off to an interview with a company that has a relaxed environment, it’s acceptable to go with a more casual look. But, remember that when it comes to dressing casual, presentation is key. Make sure your clothing is not creased and stain-free.

Top tips for casual interviews:

Jeans: If you want to wear jeans, opt for a clean cut pair and not ripped styles. Choose a dressier top to balance out the look.

Shoes: Choose your footwear carefully – a pair of brogues is always a reliable option. If you want to wear trainers, avoid athletic trainers and rather go with smart-casual trainers, which will give you a more sophisticated look.

Layers: Although a t-shirt on its own is too casual, you can make it work by layering it under a stylish jacket or a relaxed blazer.

Your go-to look

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  • Button-down shirt
  • Tailored trousers
  • Brogues

Formal Interviews

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An interview for a position that requires a more formal look, will call for a suit and tie (although depending on how smart the interview is, you could lose the blazer or the tie). We would only suggest going all out in a suit and tie if you are interviewing for a corporate position, where business attire is a requirement.

If you’re unsure, it’s perfectly acceptable to inquire about the office dress code, which should give you a good sense of what to wear.

Top tips for formal interviews:

Keep it clean: If wearing a suit, opt for solid colours, a long sleeve shirt, conservative tie, dark socks, and professional shoes like Oxfords, brogues or smart-lace up shoes.

Make it personal: Don’t shy away from incorporating some personal style. This is a great way to complement your personality during the interview experience. Some jobs have a unique company culture – so by adding a small accessory, like a scarf or socks with personality, you’ll stand out and they won’t go unnoticed.

Your go-to look

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Men’s St. Patrick’s Day style guide

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St. Patrick’s Day is always one big welcoming bash. You can expect lots of dancing, hearty traditional dishes, huge parades and as many pints as you can handle…

As great as this occasion may be, that’s no excuse to let your dress standards slip. You don’t want to be that guy in the over the top bright green outfit with a Guinness hat on – that can be spotted all the way from Dublin.

Whether you’re heading to London’s St Patrick’s Day parade or to the pub with a few mates, we’ve got you covered on what to wear and where to go in and around London.

What to do for St. Patrick’s Day

You don’t have to go to Ireland to enjoy the party atmosphere of St Patrick’s Day 2019. There’s plenty going on right here in London, such as the London St Patrick’s Day Parade, the Music Trail at Camden Market or visiting an Irish pub near you.

What to wear for St. Patrick’s Day

Rather than covering yourself head-to-toe in bright green, opt for a dash of unexpected colour – pair shades of greens with more neutral colours.

To the pub

If you plan on heading down to the nearest Irish pub, the easiest way to nod to the occasion is to throw on a green piece of knitwear. Try opting for something like a khaki sweater that will slot seamlessly into your current wardrobe. Add your favourite jeans and a pair of quality Chelsea boots and you’re all set.

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Chelsea boots available from Anatomic & Co
Jumper available from River Island

 

To the parade

London’s St Patrick’s Day parade lines the streets from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square and cheers on a stream of leprechaun floats, traditional musicians and squads of Irish dancers. If you don’t mind crowds, hit the streets with a green scarf and a pair of comfortable smart casual leather trainers.

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Leather Trainers available from Anatomic & Co
Scarf available from Wool Lovers London

 

To a dinner date

If you prefer a quieter dinner, team up a plain tee with a blazer and tailored trousers. Add a stylish pair of brogues and you’re all set.

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Brogues available from Anatomic & Co
Blazer available from Topman

When is St Patrick’s Day?

St Paddy’s day takes place on March 17, but in true Irish fashion, you might want it to run throughout the weekend.

What is St Patrick’s Day?

It’s another excuse to drink. Well, not really, but who’s judging? The day is actually a global celebration of Irish culture, and particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

 

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Men’s Style Guide: How to Wear Loafers

Loafers are a fashion staple for men, adding the perfect touch of smart-casual to any outfit. Loafers are an easy way to take your style to the next level. They are greatly versatile, having the ability to take you from a casual weekend to a formal event with ease.

Sliding on a pair of loafers is the easy part, but we’ve laid out a few guidelines so that your outfit will always be on point. In this guide, we help advise you on how to wear loafers with any outfit.

Wearing loafers

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Whether dressed up or down, loafers work best with tailored bottoms – slim, modern, and tapered fits. On the top, this sleek and minimal shoe style gives you plenty of freedom. Your shirts can be slim or intentionally loose fit.

Socks or no socks?

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If you’re after a more traditional look, wearing your loafers with a pair of socks will be your go-to, but pick a pair that coordinates well with the rest of your outfit.

When going sockless, you’re going to have to get that trouser gap right. Make sure that your jeans or trousers aren’t too long, so that the hem drops just over the shoe. Some stylish men even prefer to tailor their trousers to be just above their ankle. If you do opt for no socks, we suggest using no-show socks, which will protect your shoes and avoid sweaty feet.

Casual wear

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A casual loafer is anything made of suede or that has more than 2 colours (excluding tassel loafers). These style loafers can be worn with almost anything from a t-shirt and jeans to chinos and a button-up shirt. They also partner perfectly with shorts during warmer months. Casual loafers will also give you a more sophisticated look than trainers.

Dress wear

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Not all casual loafers can be dressed up. For an outfit that’s more on the formal side, one or two tone leather loafers are your best bet. These styles are perfectly paired with a blazer and tailored trousers, providing you with a stylish and polished look. Despite the stigma around the shoe only being a smart-casual option, in current times, the loafer can be worn for formal settings.

 

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On That Note

Loafers are a versatile pair of shoes that you can easily and comfortably wear with most outfits. If you’re in two minds about wearing this style, maybe it’s time you slide into a pair. As long as you follow the above guide, wearing loafers is easy and rewarding.

Shop high quality Anatomic & Co loafers online

Caring for Your Dress Shoes

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Shoes have the ability to make or break an outfit and how others perceive you – so keeping them in pristine condition is a must.

We’ve all been there. You purchase a new pair of shoes, and at first, you clean off every little smudge – until your busy schedule gets in the way and you forget to care for the shoes that get you from A to B.

In this guide, Anatomic & Co discuss a number of easy ways to care for your leather and suede dress shoes.

Caring for and cleaning your dress shoes

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Shoe Polish – a good shoe polish will prolong the lifespan of your leather shoes, ensuring that they always look new.

Waterproofing – when it rains, salt can penetrate your leather or suede shoes and cause permanent stains. This may also lead to cracking if exposed to excessive moisture. So if you live in a rainy climate, we highly recommend that you waterproof your dress shoes. Once a month should do the trick, but if you notice that water stops running off the surface, then it’s time for a new coat.

Brushing – gently brushing your shoes will remove debris and dirt off of the surface.

Shoe Trees – placing a shoe tree inside your dress shoe will help preserve their shape and lengthen the lifespan.

Shoe Horn – dress shoes are usually stiff, which is where a shoe horn will come in handy. This will help prevent the back of your shoes getting bent when you put them on.

Leather dress shoes

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If cared for correctly, leather shoes can last a lifetime. Leather shoes are most likely your trusted going out, work and special occasion shoes, which means that are subject to so much wear and tear. That’s why you need to show them some love. Here’s a quick step by step guide to caring for your leather dress shoes:

  1. Gently brush your leather shoes with a horsehair brush to remove any dust or debris
  2. Wipe the shoes with a warm sponge to make the leather more porous
  3. Apply a waterproofing compound
  4. Lastly, apply shoe polish in a circular motion until you get a shine

Additionally, condition your shoes once a month to moisten the leather and prevent cracking.

Suede shoes

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Despite what you may think, keeping your suede shoes clean and crisp doesn’t require all that much effort. With a bit of regular upkeep, you can keep them looking box-fresh. Here’s how to take care of your suede shoes:

  1. Use a suede protector to protect your shoes from stains (suede stains easily, so clean any spills on them immediately)
  2. Use a suede brush to gently clean off any dirt and stains
  3. Spray the shoes monthly with a waterproofing solution (suede shoes do not like water)

For stains that have already set in, try using a solution of two parts water and one part vinegar to try and reverse the damage.

 

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On that note

Even the most expensive shoes in the world won’t do anything for you in the long run if they are neglected. Always pay more attention to your dress shoes, because everyone else is.

Men’s style guide: How to lace your dress shoes

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It might not be something you give much thought to, but many men don’t know how to properly lace their dress shoes. When it comes to dressing well, the small details matter.

Anatomic & Co has put together a quick and easy guide to help you get laced up in style.

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Types of shoelaces

There are two types of laces that you can use for dress shoes: round laces for more formal shoes and flat laces for less formal styles. Avoid extra flat/wide athletic laces when it comes to dress shoes.

Smart shoes have a tough and careful construction – so choosing the right lace can make the whole lot of difference in comfort and tieing.

When it comes to colour, you can either play it safe with darker shades that are similar to the colour of your shoe, or alternatively, experiment with some vibrant colours.

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Round Laces

If you are after quality, then round laces are your best bet. Paired mainly with brogues and Oxford shoes, round laces are long lasting. Strangely, the best quality round laces are always the thinnest – making them easy to thread through the eyelets. Round laces bring clean-cut detail to any shoe.

Flat shoelaces and boot laces

Flat, thin dress laces are the boldest option. They can change a shoes delicacy design remarkably, so a cleaner design shoe, like a Derby, work best with this lace.

Flat boot laces are built to last, making them a good choice for all kinds of boots. If you do decide to opt for boot laces, always go for that extra bit of length.

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Types of lacing styles for dress shoes

Straight Bar lacing – The straight bar look is an easy way to lace your dress shoes. This technique works best with Oxford and more formal shoes, because it allows the uppers of the shoe to come completely together in the middle.

Criss cross lacing – This is a less formal style of lacing and is meant for brogues or Derbys. It’s one of the easiest methods for lacing your dress shoes and should only be done when the top of the shoe has two separate pieces of leather.

Diagonal lacing – This lacing technique adds a sophisticated modern twist to your dress shoes. You can either lace both shoes with the parallel lines going the same way, or you can make them mirror each other. Either way, both are visually appealing.

On that note

The more detailed the shoe, the simpler the lace should be. When it comes to the rest of your outfit, try experimenting with different laces, especially if you are wearing a clean-cut suit. Changing up your laces is an easy way to switch up minor details of an outfit.

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A guide to men’s winter boot styles

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Most stylish gentlemen would’ve already purchased their winter boots for the 2019 season, while others may still be on the hunt for styles that suit their personal taste.

Whether you’re after a pair of trendy street-style boots or something more on the sophisticated side, Anatomic has rounded up the boots that will see you through the colder months.

What to look out for in winter boots

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Quality materials: A well-made boot will always be made of quality leather or materials. The price is often a good indicator – dirt cheap prices indicate cheap craftsmanship and materials.

A good sole: If you cannot see the continuation of the stitch through the sole, then you’re looking at a pair of cheaper boots with an imitation welt. The soles of Anatomic’s shoes feature Anatomic Gel Technology®, which give the soles added resistance and flexibility.

Intel: A well-made boot or shoe has detailed information on how and where it is made. Anatomic’s shoes are designed in the UK and handcrafted in Brazil using the latest shoe-making technology and finest materials.

Practicality: Quality designs will combine functionality with style. These boots will be fitted with comfortable and practical soles.

Chelsea Boots

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Chelsea boots are perfect for channeling a cool, effortless style. This is by far the most versatile boot. The right pair can be worn with tailored trousers during the week or with skinny jeans over the weekend.

While suede Chelsea boots are highly appealing, leather options provide resilience and an enduring elegance during the cold and wet – just give them a wipe.

Ankle/ Desert Boots

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The desert boot is a smarter, more hardwearing alternative to trainers. While the mid-weight construction of the desert boot marks them as a clear choice for warmer seasons, they’re actually a top pick for winter months too.

The in-between profile makes this boot smart enough to style with a roll neck, blazer and tailored trousers, but at the same time casual enough to be worn with chinos or jeans and a sweatshirt. Ideal for winter dress codes.

Lace up boots

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Throughout recent years, we have seen lace up boots come and go, but this season, the merge of fashion and function is back. The trend has been seen to play an important role in street fashion so far, and we’re guessing it won’t be going anytime soon.

You can pair them with a range of casual outfits, from joggers to jeans, denim jackets to parkas. Just remember, this boot style should always be casual.

 

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As a stylish gentleman, you’ll need some quality winter boots, and not just one pair, preferably two or more. These hard-working styles mentioned above will help get you through your frosty commute – in style too! Winter boots are as good-looking as they are practical.

You can explore Anatomic’s handcrafted range of high quality boots here.

A guide to dress-down Fridays

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Who doesn’t love a Friday? One last stretch in the office before the weekend. Everyone just seems to be in a better mood, and yes, by nature it’s a more laid-back day (well for some people at least).

Many working environments have incorporated dress-down Fridays, allowing you a casual break from more formal business attire that is expected on other working days.

While this can be an enjoyable alternative to the suit and tie, dressing casually for the office may seem like you need another wardrobe selection just for this day. If you’re puzzling on what to wear for dress-down Fridays, here’s a quick and easy guide to help you nail any dress-down day in the office.

Casual professionalism

When choosing your casual attire, avoid deep v-necks, transparent fabrics, ripped jeans and too many accessories – you want to maintain a professional standard, even when you’re not suited up. Make sure that the fit of your casual attire is conservative enough to get you through the day with dignity.

Work in your personal style

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Coloured loafers, a unique shirt or statement socks are welcomed for dress-down Fridays. We’re not saying you should overdo it, but having at least one interesting feature can bring out individuality. People do recognise and appreciate small efforts like this, and you’ll draw the right kind of attention to yourself without going overboard.

Business casual footwear (As always, our favourite part)

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Like any other occasion, shoes will help direct your outfit from going too sloppy or too formal. If you’re wearing trousers or jeans, certain shoes will stand out better. Our ideal shoes for casual workwear attire include:

Brogues – suede is a great option for casual wear and the decorative perforations will help dress up more casual chinos and trousers
Chukka and Chelsea boots – both boot styles are a solid choice if you’re pairing your shoes with denim
Loafers – don’t shy away from coloured options
Trainers – avoid dirty or over the top styles, but rather opt for a clean pair of leather or suede trainers

      Tucano Vintage Navy                   Amazonas Tan                     Palmares Nubuck Indigo

On that note:

  • Keep your outfit well-presented and properly fitted
  • Inject some personality into your attire with patterns and colours
  • If you’re still wanting to wear a suit – linen, cotton or polyester are a less formal option
  • With blazers, replace the shirt and tie with a higher grade T-shirt
  • If your wearing denim, stick to dark or solid neutral washes and avoid ripped or loose fit styles
  • Let your shoes direct your outfit from going too sloppy