How-To: Business Casual

Hi friends!

Recently I posted an outfit that I referred to as being “business casual” but when I got to thinking a little more about that term, I realized there is a lot of room for interpretation of that description. So, I decided to compile a list of rules to follow to guarantee you are on the more business end of “business casual” and not the other way around. I have a list for both men and women, so male friends rejoice! I am finally including you!!! I also am including a few examples of outfits I consider business casual after the lists. Hope this is helpful!!!

~Alexa

Women:

  1. Skirts and dresses should be no more than an inch above the knee (with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of wiggle room).
  2. Trousers or cigarette pants that are hemmed well and don’t appear too much like skinny colored denim. 
  3. Tops have a lot of wiggle room but never, ever wear anything too low cut or with a keyhole too near to the bosom. 
  4. No casual shoes; no shoes with rhinestones or glitter; if you wear it “out”, save it for after 5pm. I do disagree with the peep-toe rule that tells you to avoid them, however. I think they are acceptable in many business casual settings. 
  5. Cardigans and blazers can take almost any dress or top and make it more business in a split second.
  6. If you would be comfortable having your CEO or President calling you into a meeting, then it is probably acceptable. If not, skip it!
  7. Dress for the position you want to become, not the one you are currently in. This goes for professional school students, like myself; you are not just a student, you are a professional. 

Men:

  1. Always wear a dress/work shoe, no matter what is happening with the rest of the outfit.
  2. Any neutral-colored work pant is acceptable, unless you are considering those khaki cargo pants. Those are too casual.
  3. Ties are more formal than most business casual settings require, so do not feel obligated. Jackets without a tie are ok!
  4. Patterned button-downs are a great way to add some flair, so are vests, pull-over sweaters, cufflinks, tie clips, watches, suspenders, and colored/patterned socks. 
  5. Just remember to leave that neon lime green button down at home; next to that paisley shirt.
  6. Polo shirts are fine as long as they do not have large logos on the chest.
  7. If you would be comfortable having your CEO or President calling you into a meeting, then it is probably acceptable. If not, skip it!
  8. Dress for the position you want to become, not the one you are currently in. This goes for professional school students, like myself; you are not just a student, you are a professional. 

jailbird in joggers blue and bow tie red and pink glasses blue peacock red and black work xmas mint and green chartreuse and spots fifty nifty chartreuse and cabernet palazzo tribal and turquiose

 hss-terrace-full

 

chino

nerd socks smolder pink cardigan nisto green

wolf

vest

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