- Nov 5, 2016
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Smart casual or business casual. This really is just a question of context. Where I work, there is an expectation that men wear a tie. I am entirely satisfied that the Oxford shirt, tie and sports jacket or blazer look fine with cotton trousers (chinos or corduroy). I like the versatility of wearing machine washable trousers so I am always wearing clean clothes without worrying about dry cleaning. No colleague has ever criticised me for it and minus the tie it is close to what I would like to wear anyway.Business casual with a tie and jacket isn’t business casual. Just wear a suit.
In terms of suitable footwear there all kinds of consider a wide range of boots and brogues work. My smartest black wholecut oxfords might be a stretch but I am still convinced that colour, texture and overall shape are the real deciding principles and that the old Oxfords/Derbies distinction is pretty irrelevant.
Ultimately we all filter what we see online, in retail and on friends and colleagues and gauge reaction to reach our own rules.
I would like to see this thread becoming more of a positive exercise in experimenting with informal trousers with different footwear combinations rather than obsessing about the lack of historical precedent for such outfit. Pretty much what the name of thread says. My now infamous blues suede oxford brogues are really a fun item that I mostly wear on rare (in Northampton) hot days when I don't fancy wearing my chukkas or simply fancy a change. Not keen on sneakers myself but I am interested in discussing how we might dress chinos up or down with different footwear and top halves. Of course chinos can vary considerably in colour, shape and texture if we are counting all non pressed cotton trousers. I suggest rather than edicts show us what interesting combinations you can come up with.