The gentleman’s guide to business casual

Deciphering dress codes and deportment is hard enough without a potential deal riding on you making the right impression. As a result, ‘business casual’ — that tricksier, elusive older sibling of the dreaded ‘smart casual’ — is just about as ambiguous as dress codes come.

The gentleman’s guide to business casual
RUBIROSA Odile Low Brown sneakers and Mahana Bog Oak Briefcase in Leather

Fortunately, at Gentleman’s Journal, we like to make a habit of making your life a little easier — and it is therefore our pleasure to introduce you to your ultimate business casual uniform…

The shoes…

The gentleman’s guide to business casual

Everyone knows that a good outfit is built from the bottom up, but finding a pair of shoes which places a firm foot (we’re sorry) in both the smart and casual camps can prove devilishly tricky.

Fortunately, Swiss premium sneaker brand RUBIROSA have created a selection of unique trainers which place an emphasis on sporty, elegant shapes and are made using top quality leather. These beautiful shoes will pair perfectly with a lighter pair of formal trousers — equally at ease in the office as it is on a more relaxed winter city break.

The gentleman’s guide to business casual

Odile Low Dark Brown sneakers by RUBIROSA

£259

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The suit...

The gentleman’s guide to business casual

Look no further for the ultimate everyday office attire. Crafted in Italy and cut in Paul Smith’s signature “Soho” fit, A Suit To Travel In by Paul Smith is easy fitting through the chest with a tailored waist and hip – this two-piece suit comes complete with matching slim-fitting trousers.

The gentleman’s guide to business casual

A Suit To Travel In by Paul Smith

£800

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The bag…

The gentleman’s guide to business casual

Alongside their beautiful footwear, RUBIROSA create premium leather bags and accessories — and their Mahana briefcase is the perfect companion to any businessman.

Made by hand to the highest quality standards Portuguese workshops, this briefcase features a padded compartment for laptop, a mobile phone pocket and space for any other writing instruments you might need.

The gentleman’s guide to business casual

RUBIROSA Mahana Wenge Briefcase in Leather

£570

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The shirt…

The gentleman’s guide to business casual

A classic wardrobe staple. Crafted in Italy from 100% cotton, this refined white long-sleeve shirt by Paul Smith is cut in a tailored-fit with a “Signature Stripe” cuff lining, adding a playful twist to a classic style.

The gentleman’s guide to business casual

Paul Smith Men's Tailored-Fit White Cotton 'Signature Stripe' Cuff Shirt

£140

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