(Closed) Business casual?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MM423:   I wear black work pants (don’t know how else to describe them haha) and pretty much any kind of top – a sweater, blouse, whatever. Or I wear a skirt and tights. I wear flats or wedges or boots. I don’t know, it’s pretty casual for women.

Post # 4
1498 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I wear slacks or khakis with ablouse, sweater, whatever. Sometimes I’ll do a dress or skirt with tights. Close toed shoes. Around my office, you don’t see sleeveless very often but there isn’t a specific rule against it.

Post # 6
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I dress business casual.  Today I am wearing gray slacks from Express, a white cami, and a red top from Ann Taylor.  Not tucked in. 

That’s pretty standard for me.  I always tuck button ups in, but I rarely wear them.  I never wear a belt, either.  The only belts I have are the skinny patent leather ones that I use to belt sweaters, etc.


Post # 7
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MM423:  That might be more male specific. I would err on the conservative side the first day with black slacks, cardigan, and ballet slippers and just look around to see what other people are wearing.  I know at my SO’s company they’re ‘business casual’ but he wears hoodies and jeans and even the CEO shows up in flip flops, t-shirts, and a hat.  But the place I interviewed at recently was also business causal and the women wore dresses with hose and cardigans over it and the men wore button down collared shirts and slacks.

Think Ann Taylor, JCrew, Banana Republic.  Classic business casual.

Post # 8
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think that tucked in rule is there because dress shirts look really sloppy if they’re not tucked in. You can wear a belt but you don’t have to, it would add a bit something to the outfit.

I work for myself so I don’t have a boss telling me how to dress but when I do meet with clients it’s business casual. I tend to wear dresses, skirts, pants, and occasionally a blazer. Anything but a suit really. Only the men that work in my business tend to wear suits, but almost no women do.

I like both of these outfits for work! Depending on how conservative the place you work at is, this might not work.

Post # 9
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think a “business casual” dress code will vary from company to company.  Typically it means dress pants and a nice shirt or sweater.  Some companies have a more dressed-up  “business casual” code and some have a more lenient one.   As others have said make sure to dress up on your first day and observe what everyone else is wearing and go from there.  

I wouldn’t worry too much about style.  If you want to wear a belt, great, if you don’t, great.  I don’t think HR is going to say anything about a missing belt.

Post # 10
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

No need for a belt unless you want one. I second the suggestion to look around the office before you buy a whole new wardrobe for the job. There are a lot of variations on business casual. 

Invest in a good, well-fitting pair of black pants and a few different sweaters / tops. I find a lot of my work clothes at the Limited. 

Post # 11
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t wear a belt ever.  I usually wear slacks with different types of tops.  I do tuck in button downs but not other shirts.

I get a lot of my stuff from Express.  I love their wide waistband Editor pants.

Post # 13
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MM423:  My work is business casual which pretty much means anything but jeans here. I work in a design office at a zoo, so though we are business casual we are a little more laid back ๐Ÿ˜€

To prevent gapping in button downs just buy a size up.  I have that problem a lot (my chest is pretty big) and I have realized if you buy a size up and tuck it in it fits a lot better (and since it’s tucked in it doesn’t look too big at the waist) and I don’t have to worry about the weird gapping.

Post # 14
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

The great thing is that girls have WAY more choices for business casual than guys do.

My office is business casual, which means I dress in nice shoes (heels or flats, but dressy), dress pants or skirts, and then a mixture of sweaters, camis and cardigans, and nice tops. I almost never wear button-down shirts either because of the way they gap.

I completely agree that you should try to check out and see what other people are wearing. That will give you a great vibe and an idea of what to go out and buy. And on the first day, you can err on the side of conservative and maybe a little overly dressy.

I had an internship once in college that was business casual, so I went out and bought a bunch of new clothes, only to get to the office and find that most of the women on my team wore jeans! I was pretty annoyed, haha. So it’s always good to take in that particular company’s culture a bit before you spend too much money.

Congrats on the new job, and good luck!

Post # 15
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m business casual at my office, and can usually get away with dressy/conservative shoes, slacks and a v-neck type sweater. 

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