Throw on your best jeans, a pair of heels, a knit blazer – tame the business casual devil with room to spare. Jeans, de facto casual. Blazer, de facto business. The blazer is knit and therefore a little stretchy, vanquishing bound-shoulder squirm with ease. Add comfortable but professional shoes, a shirt with yet more stretch, and you should be good to go.
At least west of the Mississippi.
On the East Coast, or in the South, or in Texas (for I am never sure exactly what region Texas belongs to, perhaps its very own) business casual may still mean poplin or light wool trousers. But out here in the Wild West, one can, in fact wear jeans. Frankly, one can wear most anything. I persist in some formality nevertheless.
These are vintage Goldsign trouser jeans, as in purchased 5-10 years ago. A little more detail than usually appeals, but the trouser silhouette won me over. The shirt is from our very own NaracamicieSF, all pale blue, white, and stretch. I realize I may eventually eat my words about red shoes, as I imagine ennui setting in once I’ve tied these black Beautifeels up for the 50th time.
The jacket is Armani, also “vintage.” You can see the zig-zag knit pattern here, fighting off one of midlife’s great dangers. Yes, we are prone to Creeping Staid and we should not concede. Also note Italian spelling for Collezioni. Reminds us to muster up sprezzatura. Business casual, done well, qualifies as Sprezzatura 2011.
Knit and stretchy, with a very slight flounce at the hem and by the buttons, I wore this with navy wide-legged Armani linen trousers for full business dress. For a San Francisco Internet company, now, with jeans. Well, to be honest, with jeans and pearl earrings. Old habits die hard. Have a wonderful Wednesday.