You don’t want to be that guy who shows up everywhere in a full suit, looking like he’s trying too hard. This is especially true if your workplace is a bit more casual. However, if you have a favorite suit in your closet that you only seem to pull out for special occasions, I’ve got good news.
You can easily dress it down with a few simple swaps. Menswear is more rigid and modernized, so next time you’re meeting for drinks or heading into the office on casual Friday, try these casual ways to wear your favorite suit.
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7 Ways To Make A Suit More Casual
#1 Make sure it fits right
This seems obvious, but for those who are bringing an old suit back into the picture, make sure it still fits correctly. There is nothing worse than an ill-fitted suit. Regardless of how casual the event is, you don’t want a baggy or too tight suit that looks sloppy and unprofessional.
Check out Jack Thread’s guide on How Your Suit Should Fit here.
#2 Pair with jeans
Pairing your favorite jacket or sports coat with jeans must be executed immaculately. It’s been referred to as “the business mullet” in the past because men didn’t wear it right. But, if you know how to wear jeans and a suit jacket the right way, it’s a sharp, versatile look that can be worn over and over again.
Make sure you opt for a more formal pair of jeans and more casual jacket so that they meet in the middle and go together well. Opt for slim-fit or straight leg jeans so they’re not too baggy. Check out more on the topic here.
#3 Opt for a T-shirt
You don’t HAVE to wear a dress shirt when going for a more casual look. Put on a pocket-free T-shirt like an old-school crew-neck. The key here is to invest in a good one and make sure it’s wrinkle-free. Just because you have the go ahead to wear a T-shirt, doesn’t mean you should grab any old wrinkly one out of the drawer.
#4 Work in layers
Contrary to popular belief, you can wear layers under or over your suit jacket for a more casual look. You wouldn’t expect it, but adding a puffer vest over your suit lends a more casual look and keeps you warm in the winter.
Or, wear a more casual sweater vest underneath.
#5 Grab your sneakers
The sneaker addiction is real, and we’re seeing more minimalist lifestyle sneakers “sneak” their way into men’s fashion. There’s no better time to try out this stylish look than with a casual suit jacket. Pick a pair that is clean, classic, and comfortable.
#6 Ditch the tie
Think happy hour attire. Keep your shirt nice and tucked in, but you can lose the tie for a more casual feel. Button your dress shirt to the top or grab a nice looking V-neck for a sharp look.
#7 All about accessories
Accents and accessories really bring the whole casual suit jacket look together. Try cuffing the jacket sleeves or folding your dress shirt over. Grab a casual watch with a simple, leather band to match as well. Mix and match colors and textures to keep things playful and neat. You can even go with a pocket square, just make sure it’s a simple, more rustic one rather than a puffy flowy silk one.