Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What is Considered Business Casual?

A question I come across somewhat regularly is “what is the definition of business casual?” These times of business casual leave much open to interpretation. Here are my thoughts…

The definition of business casual varies from organization to organization as each has its own workplace standards and expectations. Companies that rarely host customers or clients may offer employees a casual work environment. But increasingly, even workplaces that host customers offer employees the option, if just in the form of a casual Friday.

Business casual clothing for men means a shirt with a collar such as a casual shirt, Cotton long-sleeved button-down shirts, a polo shirt or a golf shirt worn with pants whether khakis, cotton pants neatly pressed such as Dockers, or similar good looking brands.

For women, it means casual skirts, dresses, pants and blouses. Khaki, corduroy, twill or cotton pants or skirts, neatly pressed. Sweaters, cardigans, polo/knit shirts.

In general, denim, spandex, sweatshirts and pants, t-shirts, exercise clothing, sundresses, and sandals are inappropriate in a business casual workplace.

Check out Capstone's "Business Casual Attire" boards on Pinterest. We have pinned multiple pictures of acceptable interview attire for both men and women. Let me know if you have any questions and/or thoughts. If there are any other examples we missed that you would like us to include just let me know.

Here are a couple examples of what we have pinned on Pinterest:


Women's Business Casual Blouse                          Women's Business Casual Sleeveless Blouse


Men's Business Casual Oxford/Button Down             Men's Business Casual Sweater

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