Where the working week is concerned, the tried and tested dictum 'dress like you mean business' is something that we encourage, nay expect readers of The Rake to adhere to. However, we're living in the twenty-first century - an era of slippery linguistics and fluid definitions, and also an era where nobody has the time to attire themselves in fully tailored businessman's regalia before heading to work like some Edwardian banker - and it's outdated to think that 'business' and 'casual' are mutually exclusive categories. Indeed, given that nowadays work increasingly involves travelling, attending meetings, and generally moving about more, taking a more relaxed approach to your day-to-day outfit can entail happy possibilities for both your bodily comfort and personal aesthetic. Whether you're a veteran hedge fund manager or a budding designer at a Shoreditch start-up, mixing elements of classic business wear with judiciously chosen casual staples is a great way to liven up the daily grind a little. If you're looking to make business casual your sartorial modus operandi, or if you just want a more pub-ready look for Friday afternoons - our editors have you covered with their top tips.
Jessica Beresford, Managing Editor
The phrase 'business casual' typically implies the dressing down of a suit but not everyone is obligated to wear a two-piece day-in, day-out. For those in the creative industries especially, Fridayoffers the opportunity to actually dress-up their usual work attire, particularly if a drinks or dinner engagement is in the offing. In the summer, this is best achieved by opting for a seersucker blazer, which while functionally perfect in warmer climes, is also a subtle way to add some classic tailored structure to casualwear. G.Inglese's double-breasted jacket can be easily paired with a simple white t-shirt by Sunspel, and while most people would err on the side of neutral chinos, we'd recommend a pair of King & Tuckfield's loose-fitting denim trousers. Wear them with a roll up for a cropped effect and bookend them with a minimal pair of white sneakers by C.QP. Effortlessly chic and comfortable at the same time.
Tom Chamberlain, Editor
If you were looking for the reason almost every brand on the planet is trying to align classic codes of tailoring with unstructured, comfortable, pared-back details, then casual Friday is your answer. The feeling of looking great without the starched collar, cufflinks or generously-canvassed suiting is something of a golden egg in style circles and it is a relief to say that there are some brands really (and I mean really) getting this right. My brand du jour is Craftsman Clothing, who refuse to do any wrong and took the opportunity at Pitti to make more of an impact than before. This safari jacket would be perfect for a meeting and paired with the Drake’s corduroy trouser and Belgian loafers from Badouin & Lange, you look like you’ve been thoughtful enough to coordinate and uniform your look without needlessly overdoing it.