Women Business Casual Attire – the Most Useful Guide

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Working from Monday to Friday at the office isn`t easy at all. Especially when you need to wear those classy costumes for a whole day. But, I`ve found some ideas to share with you, how you can dress women business casual at the office. What does it actually mean? Let me explain in this post.

What does business casual mean?

The thing that you can`t wear flip flops on work is making a sense. But then what the women business casual means. It doesn`t mean that you can wear joggers or sweatpants at the office. However, business casual style is considered as the line between formal and casual outfits.

Formal clothing things like a blazer, suit, pants are pretty comfy to wear. Especially if your style is more likely to the classy. But agree with me, wearing comfy jeans and a cute top is more enjoyable.

Business casual attire depends on the company you work for, the job you have to do during a day, and the city you live in as well.

If you are searching for inspiration, this guide will help you to choose a fashion essential to create stylish outfits.

Smart Casual vs Business Casual

That seems pretty difficult to answer in my own words. So, let me borrow some from the Oxford Dictionary and then I`ll explain how you can find a difference between these two.

Business Casual is a style of clothing that is less formal than traditional business wear, but is still intended to give a professional and businesslike impression.”

Smart Casual is a “neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style, especially as worn to conform to a particular dress code“. Both definitions are from the Oxford Dictionary as I already said. Yeah, we have actual meanings of them, but it`s still hard to understand.

So, here`s the answer. It`s true they have “casual” in the title, but none of them means informal clothing style. In fact, both of them offer a casual way to wear formal outfits at the office. What about differences?

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The thing is, smart casual is more flexible than business casual. While business casual allows you to showcase your personality, by adding accessories and more details to the formal outfit. If you are still struggling to find out differences between them, check out the table below.

What To WearBusiness CasualSmart Casual
Formal Outfits
Flexible
Colors grey, brown, white, light-blue Dark: red, green, navy
Patterned✔ very simple
Textured
Suit
Blazer
Cardigan
Accessories
Jewelry
Backpack
High Heels

Does Business Casual Include Jeans

Now you need to be more careful before getting the right answer. I am saying this, because, there are many possible answers around this topic. You can believe me or not, but here is what I personally think.

Yes, it does. You can wear the right pair of jeans in business casual. I mean, of course, if your work office allows you to do that. Let me share some tips to stay in that exact line. Don`t go too formal and also don`t go too casual.

So, I think, I don`t need to explain that you have to avoid wearing ripped jeans in the office. But also, here are some things you need to consider if you have a meeting or going for work.

Jeans Color

For sure. If you are going to wear jeans to work in a business casual dress code, try to choose very simple colors. Like, white, black, blue or grey. As you already have seen in the table above, colorful clothes are not for that exact attire.

Texture

Since ripped jeans are a big NO here, you need to have more classy textured jeans. In texture, I mean the print on your jeans, not a material. So, just make it simple, go for the darkest colors without any stripes or wipes on it.

Style

There are various types of denim jeans you can usually wear. But for the office business casual, straight, skinny, bootcut and flared jeans are the perfect options. Also, consider the rise of your jeans. I mean, you need to wear mid-rise or high waisted jeans. Others, which stays below your belly button, are not just for the office. Keep that in mind!

Follow these tips and believe me, everyone will look at you like a professional and the person who is willing to be serious in what you do.

Are Leggings Appropriate For Business Casual?

That`s another quiet debatable question since people have different opinions about them. But it depends on many things as well. You may think about wearing leggings at work if your office lets you do so. Another way, stop looking for a solution. It may lead you to get unemployed. I don`t really wanna happen that to you.

But for those, who can wear leggings for business casual, (according to office rules), I have some tips you can follow.

Leggings are not pants, that`s right. But you can wear them as pants with long tops or tunics. Or you can wear a jacket and blazer over leggings to hide parts that are not right to be shown. However, I didn`t answer the actual question.

And here it is. No, I don`t recommend you to wear leggings at work. Especially it has nothing to do with business casual dress code. Yes, there are some ways you can still manage to go to the office with leggings, but consider the thing that leggings are more than casual. So, it doesn`t actually fit the line we mentioned above.

But if you are looking for leather outfits to wear outside of your office, check out my post about it.

Business Casual For Women-Do`s And Don`ts

Do`s

  • Pencil or Midi Skirts
  • Shirts, Blouses
  • Sweaters
  • Jeans, Tailored Pants
  • Dresses
  • Blazer
  • Trench Coat (Winter)
  • Solid Colors
  • Classy Patterns
  • Quilted Jacket
  • Suit
  • Pumps, High Heels, Flats, Oxfords, Ankle Boots, Sandals
  • Statement Jewelry, Watch
  • Handbag
  • Natural Makeup

Don`ts

  • Short Skirts
  • Huge Print Tops
  • Tank Tops, Sheer Tops
  • Leggings, Boyfriend jeans, Ripped Jeans…Shorts
  • Floral Print Maxi Dresses
  • Cardigan
  • Colorful Outfits
  • Off-Shoulder Tops
  • Sneakers, Tennis Shoes, Flip Flops, Open Toe Sandals
  • Bangle Bracelet, Huge Earrings
  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • No Makeup
  • Huge Cuts

What Does Business Casual Look Like

So, after getting so much information let me show you some examples, what does business casual dress code looks like. It`s easier to understand when you have a visual imagination in your mind.

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