As usual, you are rewarded by paying attention to the details
I am constantly asked by friends who have gotten inspired to start putting more time into their personal style how it is possible to wear tailored clothing without looking like they’re going to a wedding or a funeral. It’s true that donning a suit or blazer or tie can be too dressed up for certain occasions – or worse, like you’re wearing a costume.
However, and of course, it is possible to pull off. I like to call it being casually tailored. Here are a few things to pay attention to.
Soft-shouldered jacket. A jacket’s shoulder is one of the key details that defines its look, feel and level of formality. A roped shoulder gives a jacket more structure and, therefore, makes it appear dressier and more buttoned up. On the other hand, a softer shoulder lends itself to a more casual and easy-going look. I prefer this type of shoulder on most of my jackets for exactly this reason because of the added versatility it provides.
Patch pockets. Like the shoulder style, the type of pocket makes a big difference as well. Flap or jetted pockets are more formal and are typically found on business suits and formalwear. A patch pocket is infinitely more casual.
Denim shirt. I’m very big on the denim shirt. If you don’t already have one, now’s the time. For my money, no other button-up gives you such a range of options. I like one in a mid-blue as pairs well with just about anything you throw at it.