A Guide to Casual Styling for the Modern Man

If you’re not looking to experiment, simplicity will still keep you looking cool

Many men struggle with dressing to impress when it comes to their everyday styling. It’s easy to make an impression in the boardroom with formal suiting, but how can you make the same impression on your laid-back weekends? Everyone needs a dressed-down day at some stage after a busy week at work, but is it actually possible to do so and still look stylish? The answer is most definitely yes; providing you follow the below tips that guide you on how to look sharp without having to wear the traditional suit and tie.

Here are a few tips you may like to bear in mind.

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Pay attention to fit

As with formal tailoring, the fit of your clothing can make a huge difference when it comes to your casual attire. The exact fit you need for your casualwear all depends on the type of style you’re going for and your individual body type. This doesn’t mean you have to choose extremely tailored fits though. In more recent times, boxy, looser fits have become more popular with designers. Similarly, though, slimmer-fitting clothing flatters the figure more, and will certainly achieve more of a polished appearance, if that style is more up your street. Consider the setting where you’ll wear your outfit; is it for work or play? Mix and match with casual styles as well as more formal options.

Keep it simple

Although simple casualwear may not be what the key designers are about these days, loud prints and bold patterns aren’t to everyone’s taste. If you’re not looking to experiment, simplicity will still keep you looking cool and is sure to lend versatility to every look. Choosing pieces that will pair with almost any of your other separates means you can wear them time and time again and truly make the most of your investment. A pair of sunglasses for example, from a designer outlet such as GlassesOnWeb can instantly add a sharp edge to even your simplest of looks. Go for a staple design that matches your style, and make sure you find a pair that suit your face shape. There wouldn’t be much point investing in a pair of glasses if you find you are barely wearing them.


Every man’s wardrobe needs a pair of jeans and are ultimately the focal point of casual dressing for the modern gent. The style of jeans you choose will have a major impact on how well you dress. They should fit you well and be comfortable enough to wear on a regular basis. Aim to avoid those with rips, holes or distressed details that will make your entire image look far more relaxed than you had hoped for. A pair of slim-fitting jeans would be your best option for that polished casual appearance and will layer perfectly under any of your separates including a t-shirt, blazer or knitted sweater.


Again, you’ll be referring to trainers on a day-to-day basis, so it’s important you think carefully about the style you choose. If you’re a minimalist dresser, you’ll want to stick to a shoe that’s bright white with little detail, but if you’re keener on urban streetwear, you may wish to opt for shoes with bold graphics and color tones.

Think about your layers

The style of jacket you choose is probably one of the easiest ways you can dress up a casual outfit. A single-breasted blazer or sports jacket can instantly give you a classy look without having to make too much of an effort. They’re not particularly formal, but certainly give off a refined appearance to help you make an impression in laid-back settings.

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