Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to do buisiness casual

As I mentioned earlier this week, I have a new job title at my place of employment. With this new job title comes new responsibilities, new hours, and new clothes. No more scrubs, ponytails, or Nikes for this gal. The dress code for my office is "business casual" but what exactly does that mean? Depending on your employer, business casual can lean more toward casual where nice jeans and tops are okay. Or it can lead more toward business where only slacks and closed toed shoes are acceptable.
 
Whether you are the former or the latter (we fall somewhere in-between) you should always keep some general rules in mind.
 
Dresses:
vs
While the outfit on the left is cute and would be fine for a brunch with girlfriends or a casual date with your boo thang, the dress on the right is much more appropriate for work.
-Dresses or skirts should reach the knee, or below the knee. Anything shorter would be considered inappropriate.
-Sleeveless is okay, but straps should follow the "three finger rule" (they should be as wide as three of your fingers.
-Dresses should not be too tight or form fitting (no panty lines), see-through, open back, or low cut
-Neutral colors are easy to spice up with fun accessories or shoes. Try pairing a black dress with a bright colored belt and matching necklace.
-When wearing a dress or skirt with a print, keep the accessories neutral. As you can see, I chose nude pumps and minimal jewelry and let the dress be the stand-out part of the outfit.
 
Separates:
vs.
Althought the outfit on the left is nice, the shirt is sheer and the pants too long for flats. The outfit on the right is much more appropriate for work.
-Pants should not be too tight, too baggy, or too long. If the pants are too long (you are stepping on the back of them) consider wearing heels or getting them hemmed.
-Shirts should also follow the three finger rule. If the sleeves are too narrow, consider wearing a cardigan
-Tops should not be sheer or see-through. If the top is semi sheer, wear a camisole underneath
-Jeans should not be worn, unless stated in your companies dress code as appropriate. If you wear jeans, consider a dark wash or trouser cut. Avoid lighter, distressed, or ripped jeans.
 
Other tips:
-Cardigans are a great layering piece that aren't as formal as a blazer or jacket.
-When it comes to shoes, it varies with most work places. Some say closed toe only, however at my company open toed and thong shoes are appropriate, as long as they have a back (like white sandals in the top left picture).
-Nude shoes are a great staple item (the heels I'm wearing above were from Target) but flats are okay too. They are great for wearing with colored outfits or prints.
-If you are unsure, always lean toward the more business side of business casual. Look to your female boss and co-workers and build your wardrobe from their examples. You could also ask your human resources department for a copy of the dress code.
 -Business casual staples: khaki pants or slacks, grey pants/slacks, black pants/slacks, casual blouses, knee-length dresses, cardigans or casual jackets, black and nude shoes, a neutral bag and jewelry for accessories.
-Avoid looks that are too "trendy" or "out there" remember, you are in a professional environment and just because you would rock it on a weekend, doesn't mean it's work-appropriate. For example, leather is in right now, and fun details like leather sleeves are okay, but stay away from full leather pants or shirts.

Some other helpful articles:
 
What is your office dress code?
Do you find it hard to find the balance between "business" and "casual?"
 

 photo signurature_zpsfdb16b28.png

29 comments:

Tami said...

I'm a horrible offender for leaning too far to the 'casual' side. But I can't help myself--especially if it's Friday! Your "good" looks are super cute!

Charlotte said...

Love your "appropriate" dress in the first pictures! I have AT LEAST 10 cardigans in every color and throw one in my bag every day for work. Those things are lifesavers - especially if you're working in a chilly office!

Charlotte said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
the florkens said...

I really need to master the art of the cardigan. I'm a lawyer but I hate always having to throw on that blazer. You're right -- sometimes its just too much! (Hello 100 degree summers in Arkansas) But I'm terrible at actually picking out and buying cardigans! What styles? What colors will work with the most outfits? Ugh! You should do a whole post on how to find, pick, and layer the perfect cardigans!

-Kate
theflorkens.com
Launching 8.1.13

Kelly Louise said...

I legit wear a cardigan every single day with a cami underneath. It requires absolutely no brain power so early in the morning :)

Autumn @ The Unreal Life said...

My office is business casual, heavy to casual and it makes me feel wildly uncomfortable. I am convinced half these women do not own shirts with sleeves. Please, please do not wear tank tops to your office! It's just awkward.

Esther L. said...

Absolutely adore the second dress! I work in a business casual office environment and the looks vary wildly! I'm always surprised how people dress for work, so I tend to err on the side of conservative.

brooke lyn said...

cardis are work are my jam! one in every color, yes please!

Betty said...

Thank you for this post! I am going to be starting a new job in a month and I need to revamp my work wardrobe...definitely will be using some of your tips!

Unknown said...

toms.com
tory burch outlet
coach factory outlet
coach outlet
coach factory outlet
chanel no 5
louis vuitton outlet
ray-ban sunglasses
prada sunglasses
kate spade totes
kate spade outlet
jordan retro 3
ray ban sunglass
jordan shoes
christian louboutin shoes
michael kors
coach factorty outlet online
mont blanc legend
tory burch handbags
burberry outlet online
louis vuitton
coach factory online
gucci handbags
polo ralph lauren
louis vuitton bags
burberry bags
coco chanel
cheap toms sale for kis
ray ban glasses
michael kors purse
celine
gucci outlet online
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors
michael kors watches
ghd flat iron
20150624xiong

Hua Cai said...

hollister shirts
burberry outlet online
tiffany and co
oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet, http://www.michaelkors-outlets.us.com
coach outlet store
air jordan 4
christian louboutin outlet
karen millen uk
mont blanc pens
prada outlet
cheap wedding dresses
louis vuitton outlet
ugg outlet, http://www.uggsoutlet.us.org
nike running shoes
kate spade handbags
oakley sunglasses
new balance 574
philadelphia eagles jerseys
converse all star
true religion jeans, http://www.truereligionjeanscanada.com
cheap soccer jerseys
cheap jordans, http://www.jordan-shoes.us.com
snapback hats
cheap toms
air jordan 13
michael kors outlet
timberland shoes
denver broncos jerseys
gucci outlet
new england patriots jerseys
asics running shoes
ugg boots, http://www.uggboot.com.co
kate spade outlet
longchamp handbags
mcm handbags
tods outlet
cheap ray ban sunglasses
2015810caihuali

dong dong said...

201510.26dongdong
abercrombie store
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
Cheap Ray Ban Wayfarer
michael kors outlet
Coach Factory Handbags Outlet Store
Toms Outlet Store Online
nike trainers
Oakley Polarized Sunglasses Cheap Outlet Store
michael kors outlet
uggs outlet
Louis Vuitton Purses For Cheap
cheap oakley sunglasses
cheap ugg boots
ugg outlet
Ugg Boots Outlet Clearance,Cheap Uggs On Sale Discount For Women
Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts Clearance
New Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online
michale kors outlet
hermes outlet
ugg boots sale
Jordan 3 Retro 2015
Official Coach Online Factory Sale
michael kors outlet
canada goose outlet,canada goose jackets,canada goose online,canada goose sale
Outlet Michael Kors Handbags
coach factory outlet
Authentic Louis Vuitton Bags Discount
ralph lauren
michael kors outlet online
ugg outlet
timberland outlet
ray-ban sunglasses
uggs clearance
ugg boots

dong dong23 said...

abercrombie
giuseppe zanotti sneakers
jordan concords
polo ralph lauren
toms shoes
louis vuitton outlet
louis vuitton outlet
polo ralph lauren outlet
juicy couture
coach factory outlet
longchamp outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
nike air force
tory burch flats
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses
jordans for sale
ray ban wayfarer
michael kors outlet
replica watches for sale
toms outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
fitflops sale clearance
cheap oakley sunglasses
louis vuitton outlet
ray ban sunglasses
adidas yeezy
michael kors outlet online
coach outlet store online
kate spade outlet
louis vuitton handbags
ray ban sunglasses
kobe 9
michael kors outlet online
nike outlet
adidas shoes
michael kors outlet
fitflops
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
20165.26wengdongdong

Yuanyuan Lin said...

6.01llllllyuancoach outlet
fitflops sale clearance
fitflops outlet
celine outlet
swarovski crystal
swarovski crystal
ralph lauren outlet
ralph lauren polo
polo ralph lauren
ralph lauren polo
ferragamo outlet
ferragamo shoes
ferragamo outlet
ferragamo shoes
rolex outlet
rolex watches
rolex watches for sale
tiffany outlet
tiffany and co
tiffany jewelry
tiffany jewelry
longchamp handbags
longchamp outlet
longchamp handbags
true religion sale
true religion jeans
true religion outlet
true religion jeans
fitflops sale clearance
fitflops sale
fitflops shoes
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
tiffany and co
tiffany jewellery
6.01

Fangyaya said...

timberland boots
giuseppe zanotti sandals
louis vuitton outlet
mont blanc pens cheap
uggs outlet
burberry outlet
true religion sale
michael kors outlet clearance
longchamp sac
coach factory outlet
ugg boots sale
timberland boots
christian louboutin outlet
canada goose jackets
canada goose coats
ugg canada
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet
true religion jeans
toms shoes outlet
polo outlet
abercrombie and fitch
uggs sale
adidas ultra boost
uggs for women
michael kors outlet
nike roshe run
ralph lauren outlet
toms shoes
chenyingying2016827

Fangyaya said...

timberland boots
giuseppe zanotti sandals
louis vuitton outlet
mont blanc pens cheap
uggs outlet
burberry outlet
true religion sale
michael kors outlet clearance
longchamp sac
coach factory outlet
ugg boots sale
timberland boots
christian louboutin outlet
canada goose jackets
canada goose coats
ugg canada
michael kors handbags
michael kors outlet
true religion jeans
toms shoes outlet
polo outlet
abercrombie and fitch
uggs sale
adidas ultra boost
uggs for women
michael kors outlet
nike roshe run
ralph lauren outlet
toms shoes
chenyingying2016827

千禧 Xu said...

nike roshe run
nike trainers uk
cheap ray ban sunglasses
michael kors outlet
cheap jordans
adidas nmd r1
michael kors handbags
pandora outlet
nike blazer
michael kors handbags

xumeiqing said...

20161026meiqing
nike store
ugg outlet
red bottoms shoes
christian louboutin shoes
cheap uggs
replica watches
polo outlet
uggs outlet
cheap jerseys
ferragamo shoes

wesan michael said...

adidas superstar UK
huarache shoes
skechers shoes
michael kors factory outlet
chrome hearts
skechers shoes
longchamp le pliage
michael kors outlet online
cheap rolex watches
tiffany and co outlet

xjd7410@gmail.com said...

20161029 junda
burberry outlet
chaussure louboutin
air max 90
nfl jerseys wholesale
swarovski jewelry
the north face jackets
hollister clothing
tory burch outlet
ralph lauren polo shirts
omega watches

Unknown said...

cheap basketball shoesthe
oakley sunglassesfor
michael kors outletlink-up
longchamp le pliagethe
michael kors handbags outletsilly
abercrombie and fitch kidsAnd
michael kors outletpost
supra shoes salein
skechers outletseriously
cheap mlb jerseysI

龙大猫 said...

true religion outlet
links of london
nike roshe run
nike huarache
longchamp handbags
michael kors outlet
michael jordan shoes
kobe bryant shoes
nike huarache
michael kors outlet

chenmeinv0 said...

columbia sportswear
coach outlet
michael kors uk
michael kors outlet
hilfiger outlet
hollister clothing
asics shoes
ray ban sunglasses
michael kors
michael kors outlet
20174.19chenjinyan

alice asd said...

coach outlet online
cheap oakley sunglasses
michael kors handbags
michael kors uk
moncler jackets
ugg boots
dolce and gabbana outlet
michael kors handbags wholesale
ray ban sunglasses
coach outlet
20170424alice0589

raybanoutlet001 said...

air jordan uk
instyler max 2
cheap oakley sunglasses
chicago bears jerseys
ray ban sunglasses
carolina panthers jersey
cleveland browns jerseys
michael kors uk
oakley sunglasses
adidas yeezy

raybanoutlet001 said...

coach outlet
rolex replica
yeezy boost 350
coach outlet store
los angeles lakers
cheap ray bans
nike outlet store
ugg outlet
ugg outlet
ray ban sunglasses

adidas nmd said...

ed hardy outlet
ugg boots
true religion jeans
fitflops
mbt shoes online
nba jerseys
hugo boss sale
michael kors handbags
ray ban sunglasses outlet
coach outlet online

Unknown said...

polo outlet store
max 1
snapbacks wholesale
michael kors handbags
gucci borse
coach outlet store online
juicy couture tracksuit
nike air max
oakley sunglasses wholesale
true religion canada
chanyuan2017.06.16

John said...

michael kors
michael kors bags
rolex replica watches
michael kors outlet
yeezy boost
pandora charms outlet
moncler uk
white sox jerseys
ralph lauren outlet
coach outlet online
20170623yuanyuan