Its no surprise that the global dress code is getting more casual as time goes by. To make yourself stand out, take advantage of this movement instead of joining the race. In offices across America, the 'jeans and t-shirt' Mark Zuckerberg combination is even becoming acceptable in creative companies. Even if you are on Wall Street, business casual is a tough code to crack. You can assure one thing - 90% of guys who hear 'business casual' will translate it into their own imaginary language as 'sloppy'.
Menswear Combination: Brown and Pink
Again, this is your chance to stand out in the most flattering way possible. A great way to do that is with jeans and a textured blazer or sportcoat. In this look, I decided to embrace spring with a plaid button down from J.Crew and a textured lightweight blazer from Frank & Oak. Brown and pink is a great combination to play with during spring - light blue is also a great color to pair with brown this season. The soft brown in this blazer is more fitting for spring as opposed to a chocolate brown one would see during Fall.
To add a little bit of formality, I went with a black tie but in a knitted texture to keep the 'casual' in business casual. Knitted ties are a great option for business casual settings... especially when you know no one else will be wearing a tie. Its chunkier than silk and cotton ties, meaning that your best bet is to tie a four in hand knot when you opt for a knit tie. Because of the thickness and size of the tie, its nearly impossible to tie a windsor, plus its more pleasing aesthetically to keep things casual.
Knit ties are your best option to stock up on for your spring, summer and fall business casual wardrobe. Think of them as plain tees - buy them in bulk and focus on variety.
To solidify the black color of the tie, this black flower lapel is made with a wool that isn't too formal and compliments this palette perfectly. These sunglasses with wood grain detailing, and (any other non-traditional sunglasses out there) are great for when you don't want to take yourself too seriously. Finally, no socks is my number one accessory for the summer.