So you finally nailed the job and have been informed that the company dress code is Business casual. Does this send you in a tail spin or are you in control ‘cos you’ve got this?
Great news! Today’s business environment is a lot more relaxed than what it was 20 years ago. Really and truly gone are the days of stuffy suits and pumps. It is important to know that business casual attire works differently in different business domains. For example, business casual in a tech company will differ from business casual in a bank, so pay attention to the dress code policy or what your manager and colleagues are wearing. However, if you’ve got your sights set on managerial positions then being deliberate in your business casual wear is important.
So What exactly is a Business Casual Dress Code?
Business casual is an outfit you can wear comfortably for an unexpected meeting with the company CEO or Client any day of the week even on Casual Fridays. It is a much more relaxed dressing than the Business attire, which is wearing a full pant or skirt suit.
Business Casual For the Powerhouse Woman
Yes, do create your own style; however, be cognizant of your environs. Some examples of staples that should feature in your business casual closet are:
- Flared or Pencil Skirts
- Dress pants
- Dress shirts
- Jeans (no rips or cut outs)
- Polo or Knit or Jersey Shirts
- Sweaters / Cardigans
- Peep-toe shoes or Sandals
- Maxi Dress (but preferable solid colors not too busy)
What Not To Wear If the Dress Code is Business Casual or Not Explicitly Communicated
- No ripped or stained jeans
- No Low rise tops or blouse
- T-Shirts with offensive text, graphics or logos
- Shorts or Short Shorts
- Flip flops
- Running shoes (sneakers)
- Sweat pants
- Clothes that don’t fit properly
If you’re not sure of the company dress code at an organization you’ve just started, it is best that you err on the side of caution by dressing Business Casual unless explicitly told that the dress code is Business attire. Always wear clothes that fit and make you feel bold and confident.
What other fashion tips do you have for a business casual environment? Would love to read your comment below.
Till Next Time,