Casual Tailored: Level One, casual tailored clothing, is for the man who is relaxed in everything that he does.  He loves nice clothing, but also wants to appear friendly and unofficial.  The following is a great example of a level one wardrobe. 

Dress, Casual and Transitional Trousers

Dress Trousers: Select two or three to wear with each sport coat. The five basic color categories are navy, black, olive, tan, and light gray or houndstooth. The reason is so that you can match any sport coat or sport shirt with one of those colors.

Transitional: Select one of each of the five basic colors to wear with sport shirts, knit shirts, and certain sport coats. It is transitional because it is usually a microfiber type of trouser that is not quite as dressy as a wool pant or as casual as a cotton pant.

Casual: 6-12 cotton trousers in khaki, tan, olive, black, and navy, depending on your lifestyle.

Long-Sleeve Tailored Sport Shirts

A sport shirt should not say, “I forgot my tie today.” Dressy sport shirts are for gentlemen who want to dress much more nicely than the guy in khakis and golf shirts. They are styled like a dress shirt, but with a button-down, hidden button-down, or an open collar. Checks, plaids, stripes and solids all look great in sport shirts.


Vests are usually worn in cooler weather and are an excellent accessory to either a sport shirt or a pullover type of shirt.

Mock Turtleneck or Polo Collared Shirts

These are for the times when you want to be a little bit more casual than sport shirts. These are usually made of silk, merino wool, or a cotton blend of some type.

Short-Sleeve Golf Shirts or Short Sleeve Crew-Neck Shirts

If you have to wear a golf shirt or crew-neck to work, make sure it is a good one. A golf shirt for business should not have large logos on it and should be made of a very nice material.

Slip-On Shoes

Black: For navy, gray, black & white clothing. Burgundy: Wear burgundy shoes with everything but black and charcoal suits. Chili or Brown: Wear these colors with earthtone and navy slacks.

Casual Belts

Level One clothing should be worn with a different belt than you would normally wear with a suit. These belts could be braided, with a silver tip, or could be another type of patterned belt. Black, burgundy and brown belts for casual clothing include calfskin, lizard, alligator, ostrich, buffalo, shark, and stingray.