Style Question: What is business casual?

A perk that many companies are offering their employees is a "business casual" dress code. The idea behind this dress code policy is to allow employees to be more comfortable in their work place. Often times some employees will take this to the extreme and dress inappropriately and leave a bad taste for upper management. In order to avoid dressing inappropriately keep the below tips on what not to wear in mind. Remember that you want to dress for the job you want; not the job you have.

What not to wear:

  • Jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants (Lulu Lemon's), bermuda shorts, or short shorts
  • Short or tight skirts, beach dresses, spaghetti-strap dresses
  • Tank tops, belly tips, t-shirts with logos, pictures, cartoons, or slogans, halter-tops, strap less tops, & sweatshirt
  • flip-flops, slippers, runners, or sneakers

Overall, to dress professionally in a business casual environment one should keep their look approachable and open. For make-up opt for a neutral look and very classic. Nails should be clean and kept at a classic length. You can still incorporate the latest fashions and add creative elements into your wardrobe; just be sure that you are thinking about the length of your skirt, iron your dress shirts & pants, and keep a clean and conservative look in mind.

Here are some examples of appropriate "Business Casual Dress":

 

 Some great places to shop for business casual attire are club monaco, jcrew, H&M,Zara, Holt Renfrew, French Connection, & Got Style Menswear (these are just a few).