AUTHOR:
Reynolds Careers

DATE:
August 11, 2017

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6 Wardrobe Ideas for Business Casual

AUTHOR:
Reynolds Careers

DATE:
August 11, 2017

CATEGORIES:
Company Culture,
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

Many social situations and other occasions call for business casual attire. Unfortunately, there are different expectations for what business casual represents. While sometimes jeans and an upscale shirt may qualify, that is not the typical expectation.

At Reynolds, business casual is defined as “one step down from business professional”. It’s neat and polished, without being overly formal. That’s a good rule of thumb for other employers or situations, but when in doubt, consult your handbook or ask someone for guidance.

Here are six tips you can use to dress business casual:

1) A Nice Shirt

A nice shirt is usually the first thing people notice on you. For men, this can mean a polo shirt or a collared dress shirt and tie. Some organizations specifically list their tie policies, but if no tie policy is listed, then you are better safe than sorry. Ladies, there are a lot of options for professional shirts or blouses. Usually, your top needs to have sleeves (or have a sweater/jacket), and the collar should not stray too far from the collar bone.

2) Dress Pants

Dress pants come in many different colors, and most would count as business casual. They should be the correct length and the correct fit, or the outfit will distract from your professionalism.

3) A Dress/Skirt

A dress can be worn if the sleeves cover the shoulder and if it is more formal than a typical summer dress. When selecting a dress or skirt, consider its length. If questioning , air on the side of longer is better.

4) Shoes

Shoes can help bring an outfit together. Your shoe color should match your belt color, and closed-toed shoes are usually more appropriate in a business setting. Solid neutral colors typically work best, but bright colors and fun patterns also may be acceptable.

5) Accessories

The “casual” part of business casual kicks with accessories. In business casual you are allowed to wear jewelry, such as watches and fun necklaces. Going overboard may not go over well, but a few accessories will make the outfit pop and help you stand out.

6) Have the Ability to Relax

Have you ever heard the statement “beauty is pain?” Whoever said that was wrong. If you are uncomfortable in your outfit, make a change. It is hard to hide being uncomfortable in your work clothes, especially when you have to be in them all day. Wear something that looks nice but also allows you to relax. If you are comfortable, you will be better able to focus on the task at hand.

Most stores carry business clothing and it’s often easy to find sales with nice professional attire in the mix. Even though “business casual” can be a subjective term, following these steps will have you well on your way to mastering the look!


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