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The Business Casual Dress Code Guide




There is always a business casual day!

Dresscodes in business life are a very important issue for many of you. Some people say they are almost as important as your education. However, in general one can say that the wardrobe requirements have relaxed, but this does not necessarily make the choice of business outfits easier. It can be difficult to find a suitable balance.

Not to forget, dress codes in companies apply basically to representation. To represent the company and also yourselves. Business outfits are supposed to show the prestige of the company, but in the end it is also about your own claim and the impression you want to convey. You should keep this in mind when choosing your business look.

This week we would like to introduce you to the dress code BUSINESS CASUAL, also called smart casual.

A closer look at the BUSINESS CASUAL dress code

Have you also often heard or read this wardrobe requirement and wondered what exactly is required? Does this mean you can go to the office or business event wearing shorts and simple shirts? Rather no.

Much more, the business casual dress code is a skilful balancing act between business and leisure wear. Certainly, it should be smarter than a casual look, but much looser than a formal dress code. That’s why the choice of dress requires a little finesse. Sure enough, the overall look and the combinations are particularly important here. For example, a dark jeans with blouse and blazer can be very suitable, but so can a business two-piece with chic sneakers.

 

Indeed, the business casual look leaves plenty of scope for individuality, but should not lose any of its sophistication.

COLOURS

Colours are a wonderful way to create a business casual look. There is virtually no restriction, all colours are allowed except neon. As long as you limit yourself to two or three at a time, colours also work in combination. Ideal is for example a dress with a clear, simple cut, but in a bright colour like yellow, orange or red. With the shoes you can either set another colour accent or stay in the same colour.

 

CUTS

The right cuts don’t just help us with the feel-good factor – nothing is worse than a pair of trousers in the wrong cut – they can also very well determine a business look. As with almost every business dress code, the rule for business casual is the following: the simpler, purer and clearer the better. So while you can play nicely with colours, you should continue to focus on elegant restraint when it comes to cuts. Tops made of noble material, high-necked to a pencil skirt. In addition a blazer, preferably in daring colour combinations – ready is a casual outfit which stays smart and leaves a lot of room for individuality.

 

PATTERNS

Patterns are becoming more and more popular for business looks and work all year round. But especially in spring and summer you often feel like a little variety. This is what patterns, even unusual ones, are predestined for. Many patterns are the ideal means to create an effortlessly chic outfit.


For a business casual outfit, the pattern should not be too colourful and, if possible, combined with plain colours to achieve a balanced look. A patterned pair of trousers, for example, with a matching monochrome top is ideal. You also mind find a patterned dress a nice alternative however, here the pattern should remain rather discreet so that it does not become too pushy in the office.

Generally, business casual applies to events after the office, at casual business meetings, meetings without the executive floor or, of course, for everyday office life.

The Business Casual Rules in a Flash

Do’s

  • Colours! From bright to discreet, also in (selected) combination
  • Clear, simple cuts
  • Skirt length knee-playing
  • Pattern, please! Best in combination with plain colour
  • Shoes, from high heels to chic sneakers
  • Dark Jeans
  • Chinos, also coloured
  • Statement Jewellery

Dont’s

  • Neon colors are a no-go
  • Avoid too deep cutouts
  • Or too deep tops
  • Prevent miniskirt
  • and shorts
  • Sports or running shoes are a no-go
  • Torn jeans or tops
  • Transparent clothing

What is your suggestion for a business casual look? Has the dress code in your company ever been redefined? Or have you ever gotten into trouble because of an outfit? We are looking forward to your comments and ideas. Write to us at info@styles4work.com!

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