What Does “Business Casual” Mean?

October 1, 2013

Career Advice

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday is the first day on your new job. You’ve thought long and hard about what you’re going to wear — mostly because the dress is “business casual” and you’re not even sure what that means! Unfortunately, “business casual” can mean a lot of things. Let’s start with what it doesn’t mean:

  • No jeans or leggings.
  • No t-shirts or sweatshirts.
  • No flip-flops or casual sandals.
  • No above-the-knee skirts or dresses.

And here are safe bets on what definitely falls into the realm of business casual:

  • Closed-toed shoes.
  • Button-up shirts.
  • Dress pants.

But what about a tie? Or a blazer? Is this long skirt too casual? Well, some companies are more relaxed than others. You might be able to wear jeans on Friday. Or get away with a nice pair of sandals. But it’s always better to overdress than underdress. Check out this Lifehacker article with real-life interviews from employees across the country and what “business casual” means at their workplaces.

Image by Kazuya Yasui/Flickr.


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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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