The Bold Color Crewneck
The Knit Polo Shirt
The Denim Button-Down
The Basic Cotton T-shirt
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Trying to make your favorite jeans look nice enough for work, five days a week, 52 weeks a year, will exhaust even the most dedicated dressers. That's why sometimes it makes sense to do just the opposite: start with a suit or blazer and then dress it way down. When you approach things this way, coming up with combinations that feel comfortable and look promotion-worthy is really damn easy—unlike, say, making sure the repaired crotch blowout on your jeans isn't visible when you're sitting at your desk.
Here to demonstrate the multitude of ways you can wear a suit and not look like one? The stylish men who came out to celebrate Timothee Chalamet's GQ cover with GQ and Oliver Peoples in Los Angeles last night. While Chalamet rolled up in sneakers and jeans, as 22-year-olds have been known to do, his slightly older actor friends—Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Jamie Dornan, Armie Hammer, and Winston Duke—all dressed up in a dressed-down sort of way. Consider their fits your new guide to business casual, whether you're 22 or 42. (You can—and should—dress like Mr. Chalamet, meanwhile, when you're doing all the things that aren't in your boss's sightline.)
Going for a blazer and chinos instead of a suit, or wearing sneakers instead of dress shoes, are both good ways to turn down the formality on tailoring, but nothing is simpler than just swapping out your button-down shirt and tie for something more low-key. T-shirts in the summer, crewneck sweaters in the winter, knit polos any day of the year. A casual button down like a denim shirt also works; it even has a collar.
And the occasional bold color can really amp up your outfit. Winston Duke's bright orange Theory crewneck makes his navy suit look way less C-suite, while Armie Hammer's rust-colored sweater gives off a sophisticated monochrome vibe. And when you remember that these shirts will run you a tenth of the price of a suit, you can really stock up on a variety of options. Now that's something to celebrate.
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