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Business Casual

Business Casual

Business casual is the umbrella term for clothing intended to be more laid back and comfortable but still professional.

Adhering to a dress code can show you're making an effort to abide by the company's culture and be part of a team. The problem is that business casual attire can be interpreted differently. If there aren't any clear rules written down regarding the dress code, stick to the common understanding of business casual.


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Examples of business casual clothes

Business casual attire should:

  • Fit properly
  • Not reveal too much skin
  • Avoid loud patterns, except for those in artistic or creative industries
  • Always be in good condition without stains, wrinkles, holes, and worn patches

Business casual for women:

  • Slacks
  • Blouses and button-front shirts
  • Crewneck sweaters
  • Blazers
  • Dresses and skirts that hit around the knee

Business casual for men:

  • Button-front shirts
  • Chinos
  • Sweaters
  • Blazers


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How to dress for your workplace

  • Take a cue from the type of workplace you’re stepping into.
  • Consider what type of company it is. For example, a law or financial services firm might be more formal, while a marketing or tech startup may lean toward the business casual end.
  • Read the room. During your hiring and onboarding process, observe what others wear.


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What is never considered business casual attire

What is never considered business casual attire

There are some types of clothing that even the most casual of dress codes probably won’t work.

  • Yoga or gym clothes. The same goes for tracksuits and athleisure wear.
  • Tank tops are not appropriate for work unless worn under a jacket or sweater.
  • Graphic T-shirts. Leave the Motörhead, Star Wars, or sports team gear for the weekend.
  • Nightclub attire. If you wouldn’t wear it to brunch with grandma, then it’s probably not business casual.
  • Shorts.
  • Flip flops.


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