Blousons Vs Shirts


A blouson top is mostly a loose fitted top that may or may not cover the hips. It is not so tailored to a shirt, hence easily adaptable for various body types. Blouson can be various varieties and they were actually a replacement of shirts for women. Blouson is not very fitted by style, hence there is an ease to the wear unless you opt for the stylised version like a peplum blouson.

A shirt is a tailored top, with button opening at the front from collar to hem. Since it is tailored than a blouson, it has a restriction to wear for women with heavy bust/midriff variation. Shirts were traditionally part of men’s wardrobe, they started seeping into women’s wardrobe in 1950’s.

Both can be as formal or casual depending on the style, cut, color, finish, texture and print/pattern.

You can read about types of Shirts & Blousons and you can also read about formal to casual shirts plus formal to casual blousons.



Business Formal to Business Casual



As the name suggests, a few changes here and there will change your look from business formal to business casual. here in this post, we are especially talking about how to use your jacket and vest to convert your business formal attire into a business casual attire.

The first grey jacket starting from the left is a business formal jacket, its elements of design are simply chic and neat.

Line – Straight lines
Shape – rectangular and boxy
Pattern – Simple
Texture – Smooth
Colour – Muted
Print / Pattern – Solid / no print pattern
Fit – medium fit

All the elements discussed above makes the piece of garment a formal one, it depends now how you combine your trousers and shirt with it.

The middle blue-green-black cheks jacket can be business formal or casual depending on the type of industry you are in.

Line – Straight lines
Shape – rectangular and boxy
Pattern – Medium size check print
Texture – Smooth
Colour – multiple colors, muted and dull
Print / Pattern – Medium size classic check pattern
Fit – medium fit

In this except for the print, pattern, and color rest, all elements of design are very formal. hence for a nonserious industry like say maybe media v/s a bank this jacket can be business formal or casual.

The third jacket/vest is definitely a business casual. For me, a vest for men is more like an accessory rather than an additional layer of authority.


Personal – Social – Professional Attire for Men



Everyone has a different lifestyle, even 2 people living in the same house will have a different lifestyle / the type of people they interact with.

But our lifestyles can be broadly classified into three sections.
Depending on what we want to project or create a brand for ourselves we should dress accordingly.

Say for someone working in a bank / consulting firm where their role is more client facing, it is advisable to follow the Business formal wear guidelines, in this case, if you wear denim/chinos and polo tee, you will be perceived as boyish or someone who cannot be trusted with too much responsibility.

The basic idea is we should separate our Personal – Social – Professional attire, a bit of overlapping or mixing clothes is all right but if we dress the same everywhere then we are not projecting the right appropriate image.

Your own Image has various nuances to it, being appropriate to where you are going is one of the important aspects of dressing up.

When you audit your closet, separate your outfits/clothes in these broad sections and then evaluate what you have and what is missing for you to create an appropriate image for yourself.