Increasingly, we're seeing an ascending trend in business casual attire. Arriving in work spaces are sprinklings of sneakers, t-shirts with suits and collections of chinos all coming in to play. Read our tips on how to get the perfect balance between business casual this year.

What exactly defines business casual? Business casual would be best described as a style that is less formal than traditional business wear, but is still intended to give a professional and business-like impression in the office. To best work out the equation, think of the 70/30 rule—go for an overall outfit split of 70% business and 30% casual.

1. Keep it simple

Keeping it simple is the number one rule when putting together your business casual look. When building on your colour palette, build a base of neutrals such as your greys and your browns for blazers, chinos or sweaters.

As soon as you have your neutral basics together, you can choose the colours that you love to wear, and make them the heroes of your outfit. Add some fun and your own spin to your attire by throwing in splashes of your favourite colours or patterns into the finer details of the outfit such as your accessories or shoes—from a burgundy tie, or a pink pocket square, the choice to make your outfit your own is now there.

2. Get the perfect fit, for you

No matter the price or quality of your business casual outfit, a too-tight shirt, or chinos that are falling at the waist can bring your outfit from classy to clumsy. business casual is essentially letting your casual clothes act as business—business attire is usually known to be clean cut and crisp, therefore, your casual clothes should also emulate this. Go that extra mile to get the measurements for your body, and this will be a valuable step in creating the outfit that is just for you.

3. Show your personality

We’ve touched on this briefly, but the final key rule is to add a touch of your personality. The fun thing about dressing business casual is that there is room to be creative and show your style. Whether it’s a coloured leather folio, or fun cufflinks, feel free to add one or two (maximum three) pieces of accessories to create your own dash of character to your outfit.

We also recommend sticking with only one or two hero casual pieces, like sneakers and a t-shirt with your suit, don’t go too overboard, remember the key is balance - 70% business, 40% casual. If you are opting for sneakers, a rising trend in the business casual attire, ensure that they are clean and polished—remember that you’re still in an office, not a sports field.

Don’t settle for less than your perfect fit and try the trend of the business casual. Swap your suede shoes for sneakers and we are starting to realise that comfort does not need to compromise style. Follow our three golden rules to wearing business casual with your own flair, and through a well-designed outfit with some attentive mixing and matching, you will find that your personality will naturally come to play, as you create a business casual outfit your own unique way.