ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS CASUAL DRESS CODES
BUSINESS CASUAL & BUSINESS ATTIRE - THE DIFFERENCE
Women's Business Formal Attire
Women's formal business attire is generally conservative, dark and restrained. Many of the rules for business formal menswear also apply when selecting women's formal business clothing, such as classically tailored, coordinated suits with knee or calf-length skirts, ironed blouses with conservative necklines and classic closed-toe, low-heeled leather dress shoes. Hosiery, no perfume and minimal jewelry is preferred, and hair should be neatly styled. This formal dress code makes an ideal first impression on employers and is suitable for women in any type of office profession - from an entry-level administrative assistant to the higher.
Women's Business Casual Attire
As less formal dress codes become more acceptable in office-based professions, choices for women's business casual attire often cause confusion among workers. Generally, any clothing that reveals cleavage, stomachs or thighs is unacceptable. Business casual clothing consists of restrained makeup, jewelry and hair styles.
Tailored knit sweater and pant sets are good choices during winter, and cotton or linen coordinates can be worn in summer. While hosiery is not mandatory in most casual business climates, more conservative industries will expect female workers to wear nylons, even during hot weather.
BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL DRESS CODE
Wear conservative, two-piece matching business suit.
- CONTRAST Plays very important role on building an impressive look - and looks the most effective in creating any image. For example if Your choice is dark jacket, wear contrasting white, light or bright blouse under it. Or if You wear dark bottom, wear white or light top!
- SUIT color should be black, dark grey or navy.
- AVOID heavy makeup and perfumes.
- JEWELRY - Go creative but keep it as "Minimalist style" as possible!
Lighter-colored professional button-down shirt or blouse should be worn under your suit jacket.
SKIRT OR PANTS
Knee-lenght skirts or pant suits are both appropriate.
Do not wear skirts with high slits!
Shoe should have a 1'-2" heel or be a flat.
Shoes should match the color of Your suit, have a closed toe and be polished.
Wear hosiery if you are wearing a skirt.
BUSINESS CASUAL DRESS CODE
er colors are recommended for evening networking and more formal events.
Nail color should be natural or pale pink.
Hats are not appropriate.
Tailored shirts, blouses, knit sweaters and sweater sets are appropriate.
Tops should not have any visible logos or writing on them.
SKIRT OR PANTS
Knee length skirts or pant suits in darker colors are appropriate. Jeans are not acceptable. Pants should be pressed and wrinkle - free. Do not wear too tight or too skinny pants, but "cigarette" type pants fit very well!
For the most conservative look, toes should be covered.
Shoes should not be too dressy or too casual.
Hosiery is not necessary for business casual.
Wishing You success in everything,
Xoxo - KATANA