Business casual is an ambiguous term, often being used interchangeably with business casual wear, but with key elements of a formal lounge suit, adapted especially for more conservative white-collar workplaces where a business casual dress code is not desired. For this type of dress code to be effective it must provide a balance between being professional and dressed in a way that reflects the company image. It can therefore be regarded as a compromise between smart casual and business casual. However, these two categories are different and should not be seen as mutually exclusive terms. In fact the term can be used, as was the case previously, to refer to either casual and smart dress or more formally business dress.
For the purposes of this article, we will concentrate on business casual environments. To be successful in such an environment, you need a properly tailored and fitting wardrobe, suitable for both occasions and types of business meetings and formal presentations. The key to this is to ensure that the outfits are not too casual and that they offer a degree of formality. There are specific types of business suits that are considered business casual. The following is a brief description of some of them:
Office suit – this type of apparel is appropriate for more formal business settings. This type of clothing is tailored, well-tailored and appropriate for business meetings and presentations in an office environment. Suitable office attire should not be too casual, as this could convey a message of carelessness and lack of consideration for the overall professional appearance, whereas a business-casual suit should fit well and be appropriate for the type of presentation being made. A business suit is therefore a good choice for less formal presentations.
Casual dresses – these are appropriate when attending social events and club meetings. This type of clothing should also be appropriate for more informal situations such as shopping. It is best to opt for a more relaxed style of dress when going out to a club. While you want to look great, make sure that you do not appear too vulgar or offensive, as this could ruin your chances of getting the job done.
Business dress codes might sometimes require men to wear a full suit, but this might vary according to the place where the meeting is taking place. At some places, business casual dress codes might apply, while others might apply to women only. Men who are attending board meetings of some kind should choose a conservative style of business casual dress. A conservative style of dress could include a white or gray suit, although there are a lot of business casual dresses available nowadays.
For those men who are attending meetings or presentations at the cold months, they can consider loafers as their business casual attire. Loafers tend to look more casual than a business suit, as they are often easier to slip on and off. When choosing loafers, make sure that they are black, navy or dark gray in color. It would be best to avoid light colored loafers, as they might cause too much clutter at the workplace. Loafers are generally worn with a shirt and a tie, although one could choose to omit the tie and go without it as well.