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Business Casual Dress Codes

by Jackson B

Business casual dress is usually defined as a more professional, but a bit less casual style of dress. But definitions of what makes business casual differ depending on various factors such as location, business, and society. In short, business casual attire tends to be more dressy and more refined than professional wear, although the two styles share some similarities. What are the best types of business casual clothing? Here are some options:

Dress shirts should be kept more stylish than slacks or jeans. For the best effect, dress shirts should be made from quality fabric like linen or cotton. Remember that if you’re dressing for an interview, your attire will need to be professional enough to impress any potential employer, but it still should be appropriate for an interview.

Casual jackets are good for an all-occasion business casual environment and can be paired with any number of other items to create a full-on, casual outfit. They can be worn with a dress shirt and tie, with trousers or khakis, with a t-shirt, or even with a pair of jeans. The key to choosing the right jacket is to choose one that matches the kind of clothes you’ll be wearing with it. For instance, a dark coloured jacket with a white shirt isn’t a great outfit for an office job, but a light coloured jacket with a white shirt will work very well in a more informal environment.

Another key piece of business casual clothing that’s quite popular is the casual cardigan. Cardigans tend to be made from heavier fabrics like wool and cashmere. They’re a great choice for both men and women, although they do tend to be restrictive when it comes to fitting. When dressing for business casual, remember to keep these in mind: keep in mind that you can’t wear cardigans with pants, because business casual rules don’t allow it.

A great pair of dress shoes is an absolute must. You can wear a pair of dress shoes with almost anything, which is another reason why they’re so popular for business casual. Remember to keep your shoes relatively lightweight – avoid shoes that feel like you’re walking on pebbles, especially if you’re going out for lunch with clients. Oxfords, lace-ups, even trainers are great options as long as you can move them easily.

A classic black or navy suit always works well, although it doesn’t have to be the most stylish item in your closet. A nice pair of black dress trousers will be suitable in many situations, so you can easily switch them up with a bright necktie and a colourful scarf for a fun, casual Friday lunch outfit. Black suits are also a great choice for business attire for a lot of reasons. Firstly, they’re extremely professional and look good on just about everyone. Secondly, they’re very easy to maintain and keep clean, which is important when working at an office all day.

Another option for a dressed-up casual outfit is a brightly coloured t-shirt, especially if you want to stand out and get noticed. Bright colours work well for many reasons, including making a statement and drawing attention to certain areas of your body. Also, you can easily get away with wearing these colours more often than you could in other types of business dress code. Remember to choose colours that compliment your jeans, your shirt and your footwear, and you’ll look polished and smart for any occasion.

Going out to dinner with colleagues during business casual Fridays? A nice dressy pair of jeans or khakis always works, as long as you remember to get some protein with them (don’t forget your glass of wine). For lunchtime, a nice pair of dress shoes will be a great option. No one will be able to tell that you’re not really dressed for the occasion. On formal business casual holidays like Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving, you may find yourself dressing up a bit more to work the crowd but still maintaining a business level appearance.


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