It sounds vague but it’s pretty straightforward – think of it as dressed-down office wear. Depending on the company, it broadly means you can ditch the tie in favour of a smart open-necked shirt, a jumper, pants or chinos and a structured jacket if you need one. Like most outfits, your choice of shoes will make it or break it. Sneakers don’t cut it for business casual, so take a look at the new styles that rethink the look and purpose of work shoes.
Meet the ‘office hybrid’
ECCO has released its new Hybrid range, and it’s exactly that: a hybrid of a formal upper with sharp styling, and a state-of-the-art sole with shock-through technology that makes them as comfortable as your favourite sneakers.
It’s called the ST. 1 Hybrid because it uses the same sole as ECCO’s fashion trainers – the ST. 1 series. The shock-through feature in the sole gives them extra bounce so they’ll keep you comfy all day if you’re running between meetings. They’re also lightweight and flexible because ECCO use a technology in their shoes called FLUIDFORM with Phorene. It’s a finely tuned balance of cushioning and rebound with a design that fits the foot, not the other way around. You can’t get that from a stiff leather loafer.
Feels great, looks great
The new designs are right on brief for business casual, with the classic styling and details you want. There’s a Brogue, Derby and Chelsea style to tick the work box, and they’re equally appropriate to dress down a formal suit for dinner or a function. Produced in premium leather, they come in black and brown lace-ups, so whatever your colour palette they’ve got you covered.
Find the ECCO ST. 1 Hybrid range in-store or online and nail your business casual style.