Men’s Fashion

Business Casual, Decoded: Let Us Do the Work

Are you acquainted with our Complete Looks page? It’s where we post head-to-toe kits assembled by the pro stylists at our photo studio, and give you links to easily shop each item shown.

As you can see above, there’s a lot to choose from. To help you narrow the field, we asked Chad Christensen—lead men’s stylist at our Seattle photo studio and the man who builds said looks—to answer a perennial office conundrum: how to look better than the guy in the next cube.

Keep reading to see Chad’s three key items for fall—which will serve you well from work to weekend.

1) A Jacket That’s Rugged, Yet Refined. Shop: This LookAll Quilted & Puffer Jackets
Chad’s Take: “Everyone needs a quilted field jacket this fall. You can dress it up or dress it down—literally, throw it on over anything. It’s the perfect layering piece.”
At Work: Use it to protect your sport coat, and finish with tough but sleek Chelsea boots.
On the Weekend: Brunch in comfort, with a field jacket over a shawl-collar sweater, jeans and chukkas.

2) A Sweater That Stands Up to the Elements. Shop: This Look | All Cardigans
Chad’s Take: “When it’s sturdy and warm enough, your favorite sweater can function as outerwear. Keep heritage-inspired pieces looking office-appropriate by cleaning up the hemline on your trousers.”
At Work: Layer it over a trim, tailored vest—and keep your boots polished.
On the Weekend: A thick-knit sweater will take you from lounging in front of the flat screen to hunting for Xmas trees in gloves and galoshes.

3) An Overachieving Overcoat. Shop: This Look | All Trenches & Overcoats
Chad’s Take: “A three-quarter-length jacket is a must for fall and winter. The long, sleek lines instantly dress up whatever’s underneath.”
At Work: Dark jeans and rugged boots are solid counterpoints to a substantial, military-inspired coat.
On the Weekend: It’ll even clean up your casual wear—like T-shirts, joggers and sneakers.