The First: Casually Professional

FullSizeRenderDressing for university is stressful.

Often times you’re faced with those days when you really aren’t sure what to wear for the many different settings you’ll find yourself in. For most of us, imagining waking up and wanting to just throw on sweat pants might require less imagination and more short term memory. Pair that with wanting to take it up a notch to get the attention of someone special, needing to maintain a certain level of professionalism for club/committee meetings, or most importantly, wanting to look good for yourself!

At the risk of sounding mildly superficial, I’m a firm believer in the whole “look good, feel good” concept. You might share the sentiment of wanting confidence to be reflected both inside and out, or you might just like dressing up. Regardless, my point is that I feel your struggle.


As overwhelming as menswear, and fashion in general can seem, it is also one of the most exciting and creative forms of expression. Remember that the next time you’re stressed over dressing for the occasion, and have fun with it, like I did with this look.


On this particular day, I had a morning filled with meetings, followed by an evening of classes and a student organization social at night; so basically a little bit of everything that uni life throws at you. For days like this, and even days not like this, one thing is constant- sweaters can do no wrong. You can dress them up with a collared shirt underneath (like I did), or let them speak for themselves. Light sweaters or even long sleeved t-shirts can be used in the same way for places blessed with kinder weather conditions. Sweaters are as versatile as items of clothing come so milk them for their many possibilities.

With it being winter time here in Canada, I’ve been scarfing it up pretty much every day. Scarves are a super easy way to pull a look together, make it more interesting, and stay warm at the same time. To my friends and family back in the tropics, I truly feel bad that you don’t get to experience the glory of a good scarf. Long story short: scarves save lives.

During the morning, I didn’t wear the denim vest. As the day went on and I got my meetings out of the way, I felt like I needed to be a bit more casual for my social event. Something like a denim vest really tones down the formalness without doing any harm to the appeal, and it’s small enough to carry around in your bag during the day.

IMG_3265A nice bag is my favourite way to pull an outfit together. For a semi-formal morning, a sleek yet casual black brief is perfect. A bag like this transitions easily from important meetings to running from class to class. Its statement is subtle but effective.

I opted for combat boots for 2 main reasons: Running around for the entire day requires comfortable shoes, and they gave me a nice easy-going contrast to the rest of the outfit. Ideally, comfortable loafers or even a pair of not-super-atheltic-looking sneakers could work just as well.


Sweater, shirt, trousers, vest- H&M

Boots- Forever 21 Men


Scarf- RW&Co.

I hope this was either helpful, entertaining or some combination of the both. It’s strange to think that something I’ve wanted to do for so long is finally up and running. I hope you’re intrigued enough to stick it out with me and see where this takes us. Your support really does mean the world.



6 thoughts on “The First: Casually Professional

  1. Naveed Ahmed says:

    I totally enjoyed reading your blog chad. It was surly fun and informative, this is such a nice platform to know more about you and yes as much I tried not to, I was kinda reading the blog in your cool accent 🙂

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  2. Rai says:

    I love your ig posts and would definitely read your blog. Only thing, I would’ve loved to see a pic without the denim jacket to get a better idea of professional vs casual. Loved this post ♥

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    • Thanks so much for the feedback. I really appreciate your comment. You’re right about including pictures without certain pieces. I’ll definitely keep that in mind for the next post. Thanks for the support!


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