Smart Casual Wear

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Can someone explain how I figure out a wardrobe for a summer analyst position please?

Is 'smart casual' just a shirt and trousers with no tie? What shoes do I buy? Do I wear something ontop of the shirt like a jacket or cardigan?

What colours, how many, brands that are good/crap and so on would be greatly appreciated.

I'm quite literally shopping for the first time (barring the single suit I use for interviews) so don't really have a clue.

Sorry if this thread has been posted up before. And no - no one in my family is a 'professional' so I can't ask them.

Thanks.

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May 10, 2013

Cujo... I feel like I remember you having a tough time getting a position you wanted. Hope everything worked out, and congratulations on your summer analyst position.

"Smart Casual" is open to interpretation, but I would assume it means a shirt and trousers with no tie, like you said. Seeing that they used the term "casual," I would think this opens you up more choices regarding shirt pattern, but that's about as far as I would go at first.

I think you should get some nice slacks in black, charcoal, navy, and grey (maybe a nice brown pair?), and some solid (white, light blue) and slightly patterned (gingham, windowpane) dress shirts that are still non-button collared. I'm thinking some nice windowpane-patterned shirts will do nicely, and that is where you can expand your color selection. Soid Grey shirt? Gross. Grey windowpane shirt? Nice for business casual. Nothing too daring here, don't go wild with colors.

Honestly, I am pretty lame. I always suggest Brooks Bros. and J. Crew -- Brooks for the slim-fit shirts, and J. Crew for the trousers, respectively. You could definitely get away with getting everything at either place, as well as others, but those two are my favorites and have not failed me yet. Brooks is fool-proof, imo. J. Crew is hipper/more casual, so take from that what you will. I am sure if you stick to this, things will fall into place at a store that speaks to you - not sure what you guys have over there. Charles Tyrwhitt might be good?

When it gets cold, I would wear a blazer... Not into sweaters but to each his own.

Hope this is somewhat helpful, good luck.

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May 10, 2013

Smart casual really depends on location. I'm assuming if someone actually used this term, it's a West coast firm, see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_casual

Err on the side of formality (read: no jeans) at least for the first two weeks. That means:
-dress shirt w/tie (I'd go with white)
-sport coat (I'd go with navy)
-khaki pants (I'd go with tan)
-loafers/belt (I'd go with brown)

After the first week or two you can decide on a sweater instead of jacket, switch up colors, drop the tie, etc.

Also, read this and see the guides on the right to further help you out:
http://www.reddit.com/r/malefashionadvice/comments...

May 10, 2013

I'd go by what other people are wearing. I go business causal to work, the first few times I wore a tie but no one else ever did, it feels odd if you're the only one. Wear what D M suggested the first day, see if other people wear a tie, if they don't I wouldn't wear it the next day

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May 10, 2013

I'll second Brooks Bros for shirts. I have about 10 or so I rotate thru and I try and stick to the non-iron ones as it saves a tons on dry cleaning and just makes things overall easy. That said, still have a few nice ones (Brooks and other brands) that are dry clean only for the special events.

Pants- I like the Banana ones.....

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May 10, 2013
OptionsShark:

I'll second Brooks Bros for shirts. I have about 10 or so I rotate thru and I try and stick to the non-iron ones as it saves a tons on dry cleaning and just makes things overall easy. That said, still have a few nice ones (Brooks and other brands) that are dry clean only for the special events.

Pants- I like the Banana ones.....

Just don't get the Classic fit, those are like freaking parachutes. I mean, unless you plan on falling off a 70-story building. If you work it right, it can probably slow your descent a bit

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May 12, 2013

Thanks for the comments. Any ideas on brands for trousers etc that I could purchase? I want to buy stuff thats comfortable and clothes that will last even if they are a bit more expensive initially. I'm not familiar with clothing brand names and stuff so any help will be greatly appreciated.

May 10, 2013

Banana Republic's never done me wrong

May 12, 2013

Agreed with the Banana Republic pants; if anything, get them hemmed/tailored.

Shirts are a mix-up, as the only shirts that have worked for me are Uniqlo slim fits. Try Brooks Brothers Extra Slim fit, Charles Tyrwhitt, etc.

My interpretation of "smart casual" is business casual. Simply, a suit with no tie. Lose the suit jacket; adjust accordingly.

May 12, 2013

Thanks - that website is great!

How many looks do I need? 3 pairs of clothes and then rotate?

May 10, 2013

3 sets should be fine.

May 12, 2013

Thanks! :)

May 27, 2013

I hate the term "smart casual."

Let me put on some eyeglass frames I don't need so as to appear more intelligent in my button-up.

May 27, 2013

Ledbury shirts are amazing, online about $135 a piece, not too bad

May 27, 2013

Classic fits are for your MDs who have too much gut from wining and dining. For us normal people, slim fit is a necessity.

May 27, 2013
DaisukiDaYo:

Classic fits are for your MDs who have too much gut from wining and dining. For us normal people, slim fit is a necessity.

Classic fit isn't even for those dudes. I have no idea who it's for, I'm not in shape by any measure and I still comfortably wear slim fit.

May 27, 2013
SECfinance:
DaisukiDaYo:

Classic fits are for your MDs who have too much gut from wining and dining. For us normal people, slim fit is a necessity.

Classic fit isn't even for those dudes. I have no idea who it's for, I'm not in shape by any measure and I still comfortably wear slim fit.

I think that the average Amerifat is just really comfortable wearing tent clothing and is deathly terrified of being perceived as someone who cares about how they look; or even worse, as a homosexual.

May 27, 2013

my smart casual get up is usually dress shirt sweater dark jeans and dress shoes but obviously thats more winter or spring type wear than summer -- basically blends dress and casual together

id generally always say -- collared shirt, layer it with omething (jacket/sweater), slacks or dark jeans (maybe feel the jeans out), dress shoes

May 27, 2013
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