Business dress code, smart casual, business casual, dress down. Most of us are told to dress according to a certain dress code at work but it is not always clear and this can confuse us to some extent. So let’s open a dress code that gives us the biggest headaches!
As an image consultant, I am often asked for advice on business casual dress codes. Many of the women I meet feel comfortable putting together a formal (business dress), dress code where we know we should be in the right dress or suit. Similarly, a charity dress-down day does not give us any real challenge as all the boundaries of that day have been removed.
However, when it comes to business comfort, many of us find it difficult to put this shape together. I can tell you that business casual means less formal than business attire. But that doesn’t mean chaos or chaos or calm.
So here are some golden rules:
Make sure you adhere to all the elements of good clothing. Clothes that suit your color and body shape. Your outfit should be current and appropriate for your business environment.
We should still wear proper make-up for a day. Wearing makeup is a great addition to our specialty but it also shows that you are good at time management because you take the time to apply it every morning.
Good grooming is absolutely essential. Make sure your hair is clean and neat and your nails are clean and of proper length.
Ensure flawless personal hygiene
Avoid dressing as if you were going out at night. Over-the-top clothing is not acceptable in the workplace. The workplace does not have too many cracks or too many legs.
Clothes need to be comfortable and fresh, change all your clothes and shoes daily. Make sure your clothes are well maintained, including the use of iron on them!
So let’s put it into practice. Here are some tips to make acceptable business casual wear;
– You can opt-out of the formal suit and choose Coordinating Separation.
– A pair of skirts with matching pants or a jacket or shirt
– Knitted fabrics like a cardigan or wrap top will go great with matching pants or skirts.
– The length of the skirt should be respectable.
– A hat, short or three-quarter length sleeveless dress is acceptable. Make sure the length of the dress is appropriate.
– You can wear less formal shoes but not trainers or flip-flop type sandals. The toe of the shoe should be closed. Next time you will be instructed to wear business casual clothes, you know what to do! If you think men in your workplace need some guidance, why not take a look at my other article. “Business Comfort for Men”.
Sarah Gray is a senior styling and image consultant with Color Beauty Consultants. Located in Warwickshire, Sarah advises on all aspects of personal photography, such as color analysis and style. She also offers wardrobe weddings, personal shopping, and corporate presentations.