How To: Casual Tuesday (or Friday)

Let’s face it. Most guys would rather wear sweatpants, a t-shirt and Adidas sandals as their “uniform” for the workday (that would be the life). Unfortunately, dressing like a bum is not acceptable, even during those times when you decide to “dress down”. If you are a frequent reader of this site, you know that I speak highly of dressing up as much as possible because you never know when your time to shine will be in the office. “Dressing down” or going casual to the work place should not leave you looking as if you rolled out of bed or you are still wearing the clothes that you wore to the bar the night before.

This past Tuesday, I decided to bring casual Friday to mid-week. When deciding to do a casual look mid-week be sure to check you calendar to make sure there are no big meetings or client dates. Remember people judge you first on what you look like before they hear you speak.

Shades by AJ Morgan

The summer weather is still here and you can not escape wanting to dress in lighter fabrics. For my casual Tuesday, it was important to address a few key factors that I would apply my normal workwear, which were:

  1. Tailored Fit
  2. Color Combination
  3. Comfort

Adding a tailored fit to  your casual wear will make your clothing more versatile. Remember that when you decide to go casual to work , you should still look as professional as you do on your “suited-up” days but with a relaxed demeanor. When putting your looks together, color combinations work well when your palettes complement each other, without necessarily “matching”. When your clothes fit properly, you will realize that your are actually very comfortable. When your clothes are too large or small, the majority of your day will be spent adjusting those garment on your body (not a good look).

Brogue Suede Wingtip Loafers by Mercanti Fiorentini|| Leather Belt by Banana Republic

By using the browns in the shades, shoes, belt and wood bracelets, this look moves away from the security guard, blue and grey motif. A crucial key to your personal style success is to always own your style. Dressing casual to work or to any event means dressing with comfort and style. If you haven’t mastered your “dressed down” self, you may need to hit the drawing board on your personal style philosophy.

Linen Pant & Cotton Shirt by H&M

Relax with a Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha after work.

Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele






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Categories: How To, Men's Style, Summer Wear

Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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14 Comments on “How To: Casual Tuesday (or Friday)”

  1. August 31, 2011 at 1:59 PM #

    I like this Casual Tuesday look! Love the color combination

    • August 31, 2011 at 2:04 PM #

      Hi Keri,

      Thanks for dropping by and for the compliment. Sometimes casual is the best way to go.



  2. Ferki
    August 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM #

    Im really diggin your ‘caual’ swag.

    ” “Dressing down” or going casual to the work place should not leave you looking as if you rolled out of bed or you are still wearing the clothes that you wore to the bar the night before.”

    LOL.I like your sense of humor.
    I was wondering (i’m a student) , if you also had the same style when you was younger ?



    • September 1, 2011 at 1:21 AM #

      Hi Ferki,

      I would say my style was pretty similar to this when I was in college and when I was in high school you could see a fair of amount of elements of my current style in there too.



  3. ramsay
    September 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM #


    Once again, you’re ‘killing them softly’ – so simple yet so deadly!

    Fellas: Leave the Jordan’s and the Adidas sandals for either playing ball or lounging around the house!

    You don’t always need expensive clothes but good quality high end shoes are ALWAYS a must.

    Sabir, thanks again for your excellent work!

    • September 1, 2011 at 4:22 PM #

      Hey Ramsay,

      Thanks for dropping in my friend. Wait until I pull out the lugged sole suede wingtips for the fall.



      • ramsay
        September 1, 2011 at 5:43 PM #


        Definitely looking forward to seeing how you hook up the suede lugged sole shoes! I just picked up a very nice pair of Donald J. Pliner suede maroon lugged loafers. Your look will be a big inspiration!

        Keep up GREAT work!

  4. September 5, 2011 at 9:39 PM #

    Very handsome man, and good taste.

    • September 5, 2011 at 9:42 PM #

      Hi The Editor,

      Thanks for the compliment.



  5. Manfred
    September 7, 2011 at 6:34 PM #

    Love the look… just wondering could you post the prices of the pieces in this outfit. Just want to have an idea of how much this particular outfit is.

    • September 7, 2011 at 6:39 PM #

      Hi Manfred,

      Shirt: $30
      Belt: $10 (on Sale from 60)
      Shoes$68 (on Sale from $180)



  6. Scott Rodgers
    October 8, 2011 at 11:29 PM #

    great site – Trying to find the shirt on h&m but no luck is it from the current season?

    many thanks

    • October 9, 2011 at 12:24 AM #

      Hi Scott,

      Yeah, I picked this shirt up in 2009.

  7. Peter
    July 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM #

    Hi, what is name of this amazing sunglasses and where you bought it?
    Thanks a lot

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