My office, which is a corporate headquarters and was until recently one of the last business-professional-dress (e.g., suits and ties) holdouts in town, has decided to change the dress code to what they’re calling “smart casual.” In my experience any casual dress code, hyphenated or not, is mostly in the eye of the beholder, but the sad upshot of the change is that I’ll have a harder time now justifying wearing my suits and ties. Looking on the bright side, it’s an excuse to start expanding another area of my wardrobe. Just don’t tell my wife.
Jacket: Polo Ralph Lauren, consignment store, $80
Fair Isle sweater: Washington DC men’s store house brand, bought online, $40
Shirt: Brooks Brothers, thrifted, $5
Trousers: Brooks Brothers, sale, $50
Shoes: Alden shell cordovan saddle shoes, Ebay, $60
If I’d paid retail prices: Close to $2000