The words “business” and “casual” seem to be the complete opposite, yet they are often found together in the oxymoron that is the “business casual” dress code. It sounds like a pretty easy dress code to follow, but unfortunately, it isn’t. It can be incredibly confusing.

So what is business casual? Well, there is not any appropriate definition. Basically, it is less formal than traditional office clothing but it still falls under “just professional enough”. And no, wearing a full-on suit isn’t business casual! But wearing sandals with a t-shirt isn’t business casual either. Now, you guys are probably thinking that “What to wear or How do I know what looks formal but not too casual?” So, to find your answer read this blog till the end.

What is Business Casual for Women?

For women, it would be a combination of a skirt, dress slacks, sweater, blouse, jacket, and closed-toe shoes or sandals.

You can follow the following ideas :

  • Tops – Turtlenecks, Blazers, Vests, Elegant sleeveless shirts, Dressy tops, Neutral or Solid colored Sheath dresses, and Skirts that split at or below the knees.
  • Bottom – Pants, knee-length Skirts and pencil-cut Skirts.
  • Shoes – Flats, Pumps, stilettos, and closed kitten heels.
  • Things to Avoid – Ripped pants or pants with bold prints, bright colors, spaghetti straps, crop tops, sportswear, off-shoulder shirts or dresses.

Business casual dress code for men and women

What is Business Casual for Men?

For men, attire would be chinos or dress slacks, button-down shirts, dark socks, and dress shoes. 

You can follow the following ideas :

  • Tops – Neutral-colored short-sleeved button-down shirts, button-up or collared shirt, and sweaters in a mix of colors and patterns.
  • Bottom – Semi-formal pants, dress slacks, and chinos.
  • Shoes – Dark leather shoes and loafers.
  • Things to Avoid – Printed shirts, ripped jeans, sportswear, sandals, and boots.

What is business casual in a manufacturing setting?

When working in a manufacturing environment, if you have a business casual dress code, then make sure you follow the following tips :

  • Your clothes should be pressed and not wrinkled, torn, or dirty.
  • Don’t wear clothes having offensive writing or pictures.

What is the best attire for a job interview?

If you are applying for a job where people support the business casual dress code, you still need to dress appropriately for the job interview. Try to go for a  look that is a bit more formal and less business casual. You have to dress to impress for a job interview and that includes showing yourself as a professional. Always remember, when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good it boosts your self-confidence.

Men can wear a suit jacket and slacks with a shirt and even a tie, or you can opt for a sweater also.

Women should choose a shirt and dress pants or even a statement dress. 

Both genders should avoid bright and flashy colors.

Make sure to not wear the following things to a job interview, whether it’s a formal setting or not :

  • Flip-flops.
  • Undergarments that are exposed.
  • Shorts.
  • Short skirts.
  • Anything low rise or too tight.
  • Anything showing profanity or an offensive saying.

things not to wear if dress code is business casuals



Things NOT to wear if the dress code is business casual : 

Don’t wear something just because you find it comfy like ripped jeans, flip-flops, stained t-shirts, etc. Always remember that it is “business” casual, so leave all your comfy clothes at home!!

Make sure that all your clothes for the office are clean, pressed, and fit you properly.

Men, be sure to always wear a belt. Women should avoid wearing tight clothes. And if you wear makeup, then go for a natural look.

Basically, look at what your senior is wearing and learn from them.

Key Tips for Business Casual :

  1. If you’re a manager. Make sure your dress code is crystal clear.
  2. Employees – play it safe, when you’re in doubt.
  3. Always remember, it is NOT sportswear.
  4. Don’t forget, you are dressing for work.
  5. Remember to dress for the industry or organization you work for.

 We hope you liked this blog and found it helpful to resolve all your questions related to business casuals. Stay tuned with Blogger Bunny for more such interesting blogs and also visit our blog 10 Wardrobe Essentials for Women (A Must-Have List).