This is actually a request, from a reader named Meghan, who writes, “I’d like to know your ideas for business casual. I’m packing for a conference in Chicago and kicking myself that I didn’t ask about this sooner!” This is a tough one, as it has been seven years since I’ve worked in an office, and from what I understand, things have gotten much more dressed-down since then. Which is cool, but can be confusing when you want to look on point. My advice is to play things pretty straight: it’s a look I like anyway, and one you can’t really go too far wrong with. I’d start off with a nice cashmere V-neck.
And then I’d go for some tailored-but-casual trousers, like these chinos from Vince.
Under the sweater I’d layer a cotton button down like this one.
And—just so I wouldn’t come across too preppy, I’d throw on this faux fur jacket.