October 17, 2016 by Aashna Randhawa

With our year kicking off with the Fall Social this Tuesday, you’ve probably started thinking about what to wear. We know the dress code “business casual” can be daunting – how can one be business and casual all at once? Exactly how casual is casual? Is there any acceptable way to wear sweatpants? Don’t worry, we got your back. After some heavy deliberation and major OOTD stalking, we hope that you never have to google business casual outfit ideas again.

Spicing up the Classic Look


If you’re feeling some dress pants or dark jeans, pairing a dress shirt is the easiest route. To spice up your look, try layering a colourful sweater overtop your dress shirt with a popped out collar and khakis. It’s the perfect outfit to stay warm in the Fall, but also looks classy for all business casual events. You can mix and match printed sweaters with plain shirts, or plain sweaters with printed shirts. This is a classic look which will never be out of style, so don’t be


afraid to invest in some pieces you really enjoy.

If you tend to feel warm easily, another style option is a plain and crisp polo shirt, tucked into a nice pair of trousers. With many colors, from dark to bright, to choose from, there’s one out there to match exactly what you’re looking for. Pair a sports coat overtop to dress it up.


Flowy Alternatives

If you want to escape the world of dress pants, try something a little more daring with fun dresses and skirts. Pair colours or patterns with a solid print for a unified look, and you can always throw a blazer, cardigan, or scarf overtop to add texture. Make sure your look isn’t too revealing, though – use arm’s-length for good measure.


Accessorizing for a Unique Touch

Accessories bring your outfits to life. Try pairing a statement necklace with a plain top, or tucking in a playful tie into your sweater. A classic watch or a belt would also be an awesome touch. Or, our personal favourite –  show off your sense of humour with some cool printed socks! They’re always a conversation starter. Make sure not to go overboard, though – always try to balance out patterns with solids to tie things together.


Stay Versatile

If you still aren’t sure whether or not your outfit will pass as business casual, just play it safe and dress on the more formal side. You can always bring an extra sports or suits jacket, and take it off if you find that everyone else is more casual. No matter what you wear, though, the important part is wearing something that makes you happy. Business casual is your chance to experiment beyond the usual black and white. PBSN’s Fall Social lets you do just that – step outside your comfort zone, check out other people’s OOTNs, and connect beyond the wardrobe.

– We can’t wait to see you there!

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