What is Business Casual for Women?

What is business casual for women and what does it look like? There are many interpretations of this dress code. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, but hopefully my guidelines will give you a better idea. Most companies will have this outlined for you, so if you are unsure check with your human resources department or Line Manager for further guidance.

Business Casual for Women –  General Tips

  • Break up your suit, and match the individual pieces with other coordinates including shirts, sweaters or nice flowing skirts.
  • Just a three piece outfit (top, bottom, shoes) won’t cut it.
  • Layer your tops and incorporate accessories for a complete look.
  • This is your time to show some personality! Don’t show up in something boring. Make use of your best colors and prints

What to Avoid when Dressing Business Casual for Women

  • Overdoing it. Too much glitter, curls, bright colours or bold prints make for a clown.
  • In most cases, denim is NOT business casual. If you integrate denim, that will automatically make the outfit “smart casual.” On rare occasions if it is a dark denim or black you can wear with a blazer and smart leather shoes. Accessories are key when it comes to wearing denim in the office. Some people will look smart in jeans and wear the look well, others on the other hand can wear the same items and look scruffy. So it’s down to the individual to ensure you look the part!
  • Clothes that are too trendy or fashion forward. They are distracting to your employees and/or clients.
  • Skirts that are too short and necklines that are too low – they give the wrong impression – you want to be talked about for the right reasons not the wrong!
  • Tops and bottoms that are too tight.

Blazers and Over Pieces

  • Can be classic or creative styles
  • Are made of any material except for denim
  • May include any colour
  • Choose small to medium scale patterns

Tops

  • Can be classic or creative styles
  • Are made of any material except for denim
  • May include any colour
  • Choose small to medium scale patterns

Skirts and Trousers

  • Can be classic or creative styles
  • Are made of any material except for denim
  • May include any colour
  • Choose small to medium scale patterns

Shoes

  • Business casual shoes for women can include: Sandals, heels, pumps and flats
  • Fabrications in leather including suede

Handbags & Accessories

  • Consider classic styles over creative bags
  • Choose a size that works for your role, for example you might need to carry a small laptop or notepad with you
  • Made of any material except for denim
  • May include any colour
  • Choose small to medium scale patterns

Jewellery

  • Can be classic or creative styles, but avoid gaudy pieces
  • I believe simple is often best in the workplace (unless you work in marketing or fashion)
  • Made of all materials
  • Include any colour

Hosiery

  • Hosiery should be considered, but it’s not necessary
  • Choose neutral tones, flesh tones or colours and patterns that match your shoes

Hair, Nails and Makeup

  • Neutral makeup shades are best: pinks, peaches, reds and plums
  • Avoid overly bright shades in yellow, orange and green
  • Any hairstyle is usually acceptable except for the few that require excessive curling or fiddling. This includes keeping it clean at all times, dirty greasy hair gives the impression of laziness.
  • Nails can be any colour, but avoid nail art
  • Try to be more classic than creative

 

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