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Suit Jacket Alternatives for Business Casual Attire at Work

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by OldManMachine, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. OldManMachine

    OldManMachine Well-Known Member

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    I'm located in the West Coast (not too cold) and will be starting work real soon in a conservative business casual environment. Everyone that I've met so far wears dress pants, dress shoes, and dress shirt without the tie.

    When fall gets cooler and winter comes along, what would be a good alternative to wearing a suit jacket to stay warm while keeping it business casual? The only thing I can think of would be a wool / cotton sweater over the dress shirt. I know most people may suggest an odd blazer, but I feel like that may be too much for a first year fresh meat associate when no one else wears one unless you're the top dog boss in the building. I'd like to look humble and not so pretentious like an interviewee arriving with cufflinks.

    Also, what are your suggestions for fall / winter business casual ensemble besides the usual dress shirt without the tie + dress pants + dress shoes.
     
  2. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    Sweaters and casual (but still good looking) outerwear. Look at BB's casual outerwear section for ideas.
     
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  3. Superfluous

    Superfluous Senior member

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    You could wear sweaters and cardigans.
     
  4. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    casual (suit) jackets in tweed/flannel fabrics. not blazers, but sports jackets.
     
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  5. OldManMachine

    OldManMachine Well-Known Member

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    Besides the ensemble mentioned already, I guess there's really nothing left for business casual?
     
  6. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    There are sweater vests. (Other types of vests are not advisable.)
     
  7. saiyar1

    saiyar1 Senior member

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    Wait, so if you wear a suit no tie you won't look like the top dog guys, but you'll feel uncomfortable if you wear a blazer/sports coat??? I do't understand….
     
  8. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Pullovers, cardigans, fleeces, sports jackets, blazers, the scope is broad.

    BTE cuff links are not pretentious merely not understood in the USA.
     
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  9. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Make sure that it's just for ideas. Once you get an idea, buy from someplace else. Save your money.
     
  10. OldManMachine

    OldManMachine Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I just realized that the way I worded the title was pretty awkward and confusing. I actually don't wear a suit jacket for business casual attire. My fault for the confusion.
     
  11. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sweaters and cardigans as suggested above.
     
  12. Aldehyde

    Aldehyde Senior member

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    Corduroy sport coats would be alright as well I think, especially if you get a very casual cut that is unstructured and uses a casual pocket style.

    Perhaps a quilted jacket as well, though those are generally for outdoor wear in the fall.
     

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