The classic flannel shirt with its tartanesque pattern is particularly popular, somehow managing to make guys not look too much like off-duty lumberjacks until the moment they pick up their axes. If you dig out your torch and go and have a look around Hollister or one its better lit equivalents and you’ll see dozens of examples in a spectrum of colours. But if you actually do want that ready-for-anything look, there’s a surefire way of achieving it: take the scissors to the sleeves!
It’s fair to say that the business casual sleeveless is not a look that will suit every physique, but at least some evidence of an active life will be a good starting point.
Top Business Casual Sleeveless
Then again, if the shirt is worn solely to show off your rippling muscles, there’s a good chance that any public displays of appreciation will be outnumbered by the rolling eyes and giggles behind your back. The important thing is not to look like you’re trying very hard (even when you patently are).
It’s impossible for a business casual sleeveless to look formal, or anything approaching formal for that matter. It is going to make you look ready for a day on the beach or lounging around your home no matter what you do with it. If you think you can throw on a jacket and nobody will notice, as though it is some modern day form of dickey, you had better make sure that jacket stays buttoned up because letting it flap loose is not an option, let alone taking it off. Not only that, but sleeveless shirts tend not to be of the formal variety anyway. That really would look a bit weird, when you think bout it.
The closest business casual sleeveless get to being formal is never having sleeves in the first place; that is, being tailor made to be sleeveless. Again, we’re not talking funeral-ready here, but at least it shouldn’t fray around the edges unless the retailer is quite happy to work on the bottomless-cup business model. What you gain in tailoring, though, you lose in rough and ready appeal, and frankly, that’s one of the main appeals of the sleeveless shirt.
So if you’re looking for that rugged look, or perhaps trying to get a rock star/boy band vibe going, your sleeveless shirt will stand you in good stead. They are starting to make an appearance in vintage clothing stores in all their varieties, and this might be a good place to start looking. Their mere existence in a vintage store will prove that any attempts to self-improve a sleeved shirt have not caused any critical structural damage. You could well stumble upon a designer name or two in your search too. And what would epitomise rebellion like a trashed – sorry, modified – designer shirt?…