DNA Magazine - - STYLE -

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.


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