Did Somebody Say Tie Optional?

Let’s keep the ‘casual’ in casual Fridays, yeah?

Let’s start with a full disclosure veiled in the form of a mild apology. Not that anyone has called attention to this, but I’m aware that most of the business casual looks we’ve published thus far have skewed more towards the ‘business’ end of the spectrum.

It’s true. We’ve been focused on bumping formality down slightly through a fun kind of men’s style math, involving additions, subtractions and substitutions. If you’ve been staying abreast with our content this month, this is nothing new to you, but hey, if you’re just joining us, you deserve to know!

tie optional business casual attire

Today being Friday, we’re going to focus on the casual side of business casual. The side where a tie is optional and black jeans are more than acceptable as an “in-between” dress pant. This is a look for the office if your m.o. includes a date after work.

tie optional business casual attire

| WEARING | Blazer c/o Tommy Hilfiger, Brunello Cucinelli shirt, Levi’s jeans, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Cartier watch, Shoes c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Great basics never go out of style and pay huge dividends in terms of wearability over time. Chief among them is an unstructured navy blazer. This is the go-to choice when the goal is to look put together but not too dressed up. Patch pockets will increase its casualness.

If you don’t already have a denim button-down shirt, it’s time to get one. In a business casual context – or not – you will not find a shirt with greater versatility. Dress it up with a knit tie or keep it cool and casual if it’s a tie optional kind of day.

tie optional business casual attire

If you’re doing a lot of blue up top, stay away from blue jeans, even if they’re dark blue. Instead, choose a slim-fitting black pair, finished off with a brogued cap toe shoe.

tie optional business casual attire

Thanks, as always, for reading. Enjoy the weekend.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • D.S.

    Thanks for the great article Brian. One question: I’m thinking of purchasing that beautiful Cucinelli shirt you’re always wearing but I’m not sure about sizing. I’m 5-10 and 38 chest. Is medium ok you think? What is your size and how does it fit? Thanks again for the response!


    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Dan, I think a medium might be too large for you. I’m 5’9″, 146lbs, 36″ chest and I wear a small. It’s cut a little generously.

      • D.S.

        Ok thanks so much for the info!

        • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

          Sure thing.

  • Matt

    This is just amazing! I’m a middle school teacher, first year at this particular school, transitioning from a high school with a more “businessy” vibe to it. This particular school is very much a ‘jeans and t-shirt’ place, but I want to keep things a bit more on the formal side. Unfortunately, a simple suit and tie can seem out of place on certain days of the week, even if it’s just navy suit, white shirt and a tie with some cap toe shoes. Crazy, right? I went all out this summer to step-up my suit game and now I’m looking for ways to bring this back. I’m going to have to experiment with this look, as it’s pretty much the ideal middle ground.

  • Oliver

    This outfit is great. I’d like to know more info about the jacket’s fabric. Is it some kind of wool basketweave? Thank you and keep up the good work.