Dressy casual is less stifled than business casual attire but a step up from totally relaxed weekend wear. There are no hard-and-fast rules about how to put together a dressy-casual look, so coming up with a dress-code-appropriate outfit can be challenging when this look is specified. Mixing and matching pieces in your closet allows you to design an ensemble that leaves you looking polished but not too overdone.

Your closet is probably teeming with with pieces you can put on to create a dressy casual outfit.

Don’t hang up the suit just yet. Dressy casual looks for men vary, but some occasions, such as cocktail parties and outdoor or evening weddings, may call for an emphasis on the “dressy” part. However, a dark suit and tie isn’t your only option, depending on the occasion.