There are many opinions regarding what type of clothing is considered business casual. For some companies, khaki pants and short-sleeved polo shirts are business casual. Other organizations require slacks or skirts and long-sleeved shirts when they refer to business casual. The best way to determine a company's standard of dress is to research or ask a company's representative. It actually demonstrates that you do your homework before a meeting. As always, when in doubt, dress conservatively and lean more toward the business side rather the casual side.
There are some general rules that apply. Jeans, tennis shoes, tight or short skirts, t-shirts and sweatshirts are never considered business casual.
Business casual does not apply to grooming standards. Your appearance should remain neat and respectable to include nicely pressed clothing, polished shoes, and conservative accessories. One general perception is that the way you maintain your clothes and footwear serves as an indicator of how you will maintain your job.
- Ties not expected
- Business or sports jacket is appropriate
- Stylish, solid colored pants
- Long-sleeved solid or striped dark shirt
- Dark socks
- Matching belt and shoes
- Shoes polished with well maintained heels and soles
- Business skirt or pants
- Conservative blouse or sweater
- Blazer or vest is appropriate
- Flat or low heels
- Neutral hosiery
- Belt, scarf, and accessories should remain understated