Business or Casual? How to Dress Correctly for Work

April 23, 2015

Career Advice

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Business casual is hard to define because every work environment is different even if they all subscribe to the “business casual” school of thought. There are two words in that phrase — “business” and “casual.” So which does your work environment lean more heavily toward? And if the dress code is “casual” on Fridays or all year round, is lazy Sunday casual the same as “work casual?”

When in doubt, it’s always better to overdress than underdress. But if you’re about to start a new job and would prefer not to stand out on your first day, Simply Hired put together a great list of definitions outlining the “business casual” expectations of many different kinds of work environments from start ups to conference attire. Here is a summary:

  • Casual or Startup: For women, skinny jeans, a blouse, and flats. For men, dark wash jeans, tailored shirts, and clean shoes.
  • Business Casual: For women, tailored pants, blouse, and flats. For men, tailored pants, button down shirt, and professional-looking shoes.
  • Business Formal: For women, pencil skirt or dress pants, blouse, and blazer. For men, a tailored suit and tie.
  • Conference professional: For women, tailored pants, blazer, flats, and statement necklace. For men, tailored pants, blazer, button-up shirt, and professional-looking shoes.

Read the full article, What Does Business Casual Mean? Build a Better Career with These Clothing Basics.

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