Balance Point: Welcome to Business Casual Month on HSS

What business casual-related topics would you like to see covered this month on HSS?

It’s been a while since we’ve trotted out a monthly editorial theme – the last was Denim Month – but we’re in a comfortable enough spot right now that it seemed like a good time to revive it.

Why business casual?

Well, for starters, it’s one of those hard-to-pin-down kinds of dress codes. Depending on who you are and where you work, it could mean something completely different.

Second, despite a wide variety of interpretations, we believe that within business casual there are some key elements that are useful no matter what type of job you have.

It’s going to take an entire month to explain this damn dress code!

So, in our editorial meetings leading up to September, these two items have been our jumping off point. And we’ve got a fair amount of content in the queue already.

But, HSS is nothing without you, our readers, and we want to know what you are curious about with regards to business casual. Chime in below and tell us what kind of coverage you want to see and we’ll do our best to customize some content just for you.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo


Chime In

  • Nathan

    The expectation for my work is business casual and it would be very out of place to wear a suit. That being said I get so brunt out with it as I feel as though I look the same everyday. I look forward to seeing some new ideas.

    • Brian Sacawa

      You’ve come to the right place, Nathan!

  • Mequell Green

    I’d like to know when does business casual become too casual. I know it has a lot to do with the line of work but are denim(jeans, jackets, etc), sneakers(dressier brands) & t-shirts/henleys TOO CASUAL? I’ve always been reluctant to wear jeans, sneakers and collarless shirts to the office.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Good question, Mequell. We’ll be covering a version of that next week!

  • Tod C

    I work in high tech so some guys go to work in shorts and flip flops but as management that really does not give me enough gravitas.

    I try and make it that if a customer visits unannounced I can still make a good impression but I work with a bunch of people who look like your Uncle Carl at the cottage and I don’t want to seem all high and mighty.

    If this was a shirt and tie shop I would be totally happy but I have to walk the line.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Sounds like a very sound approach. Cheers.

  • SC

    HSS team I would love to see more on business casual that adds chinos and sweaters, tie combos and also some ideas for your Northern neighbours (Canada eh!) as we gear up for the freeze but in style. Boots, jeans cardigans ties are all fair game for fall winter no?

    Also what about some online shopping options/ reviews for your Canadian readers our choices are not as vast as US friends.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Do US retailers not ship up north? Look out for a sweater post tomorrow!

  • Tony_Ieradi

    When business casual emerged, we had a department head that would not let her managers wear denim. As such I wore khaki’s and many different colors! I now wear more formal jeans (dress jeans if you will with tailored pockets and collared shirts, vests, etc. What is your stance on jeans for business casual? Also, what do we see as the future for this style?

  • Jacobo G.

    How about funny socks? What are your thoughts on that?

    • Brian Sacawa

      For business casual, and well, just in general, these are a complete no-go. The crazy sock thing always screams, “Hey, look at me. Look at how clever I am. Aren’t I clever?” I’m go out on a limb and call it the moderately well-adjusted adult version of ironic/funny t-shirts.