Turns out I’m not the only one in the family who was down for a fall wardrobe update. Poor Pinky only gets one every few years because…why are guys so hard to shop for? I know why. Because they say they aren’t picky and don’t have opinions on what they wear, but they do. Oh, they do. (I’m lookin’ at you, babe. Up there, with the new beard.)
Pinky’s vibe is casual, non-fussy and very Pacific Northwest. My East Coast co-workers did not think these pieces counted for business casual, but if you’re on the West Coast and work in tech or sportswear or a creative agency, fancy shoes will definitely stand out…in a bad way. We’ll probably think you’re visiting…from the East Coast. Haha. And compared to Seattle or LA, Portland is even more laid back.
So, when we do actually update the ol’ closet for P, I stick with pants cut like jeans that can pass for chinos, easy button-downs, and jackets that sharpen the look but are still casual cool. He works with a variety of brands, so because it’s tricky to know if you’ll be around Adidas or Nike folks on any given day, we stick with non-competing brand shoes, like fav Blundstones and his new favorite AllBirds, to keep everyone happy.
When it comes to choosing colors and prints for his updates, I like to stick to easy navy and olive green for fall and winter. He already has many pieces that work with these shades, and they’re not boring khaki (sorry I’m just not into khaki…y’all know me and my pickiness), and they’re more wearable over and over than brights. He looks great in deep purples so we might throw a shirt in that shade into the mix, too, but to keep it simple, choosing a couple of classic colors always works. And, even if your guy has to dress up more for the office, these pieces could easily work as weekend pieces for all the guys across the land!
Men’s Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe
(For The Chill Workplace)
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