This does not mean boardies, flip-flops and a singlet! Casual is one step less formal than Cocktail and may be expected if invited to an end-of-year barbecue at your boss’ place, informal drinks with colleagues away from the usual after-work watering hole, or that once-a-year Christmas catch up with your partner’s extended family.
Go for a quality pair of slim-leg chinos in navy or tan. Avoid bulky side pockets and stick to sleek and tailored styles.
When it comes to shirting you can’t go past an open collared linen shirt – they ooze casual sophistication and look great when the sleeves are rolled up.
Keep your shoes simple with either a loafer or modern trainer. Ditch the socks or go no-show.
If the event is in the evening, think about a lightweight cotton blazer in a contrasting colour to your chinos. A blazer over a designer T-shirt is also a great idea – but remember that the blazer may come off at some stage so the T has to work with the shoes and trousers in its own right.
You colour pallet is wide open here so choose the hues and tones that suit your skin type and hair colour and don’t be afraid to add heaps of personality with accessories and casually styled hair.
JUSTIN BALDONI. (INSET) COOL AND CASUAL FROM TWITTER.