Business Casual: What Really Is It?

Business casual can be a very confusing term, especially when it comes to men’s fashion. It would seem women have a lot more to work with in terms of business casual wardrobe options, and if you’re invited to dress in ‘business casual’ to a work function or even an interview for a new job, you can be ripping your hair out wondering what that means for you. 

Which is why it’s important to try and define such a broad style term. So, if you’ve got a new boss to impress, with the points below, we think you’ll be able to get a much clearer idea of what your employer expects you to turn up in on your first day.

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Remove the Top Layer

Business casual is often seen as ‘dressed down’, so if you’re not sure where to start, start right here! What do you usually wear to work? And does it have more than two layers to it? If so, take your usual suit you’d wear to work and take off the blazer and the tie – what are you left with? 

A simple, but crisp and professional looking button down that’d suit any and all situations. And there you have it, a simple but effective way to get your business casual look on! But you don’t have to stop there with your efforts. 

Keep Colors Neutral

The next thing you need to do, in order to dress in a business casual style, is think about the colors of your professional wardrobe. You want to keep your outfits neutral, in order to still fit into a professional setting, but feel like you’re a little more cozy and comfortable while you’re there. 

So, you want to be shopping in light but not pastel tones. Go for block colors as well; something that’s totally blue or grey is best, rather than shopping for patterns. Similarly, be sure to mix your colors as little as possible too; you can very well pair something blue and black together, but if you throw some brown in as well, there’s a good chance your business casual look will all clash together. 

Keep Your Shoes Professional

And finally, your shoes need to be kept professional. If you’re going for a business casual look, you don’t want to be rocking up to function with a pair of sneakers on, and you definitely don’t want them to be dirty or ratty!

Instead, be sure to invest in some professional but adaptable shoes, like loafer shoes, for a pair of shoes that you’ll really get some use out of. And try to ensure your shoes are the same color as your top half, if you’re going for more of an ensemble look. 

How’s your professional but casual wardrobe looking? Do you have the right outfit for the workday? Business casual might take a little bit of getting used to, but it can be really easy to dress in, and to dress up if you need!