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Ladies Business Casual Attire: Guidelines To Follow by mzhazel(f): 9:57pm On Jul 25, 2020
It’s indeed a jolly feeling that comes with finally getting an interview invite after you’ve been job hunting for a while. Also notable, is the euphoric feeling that comes with landing a job at your dream organization. These feelings are two of the best feelings in the world. But your letter says, dress code is business casual. Then you get confused and for good reason too, business casual is an ambiguous term. For men, it could simply mean “without a tie” while for ladies, it takes on a more complex approach to actually appear in business casual.
One thing you can be sure of is that business casual doesn’t mean showing up in your best shorts, dresses, sandals or flip flops. What’s more, showing up all suited up is definitely too formal.

What is Business Casual for Women?

Business casual came into existence as a result of need to be comfortable while still appearing professional in the business environment. It’s safe to say the days of three piece suits are almost behind us as business and smart casual are quickly becoming the order of the day.

For different organizations, business casual means different things. However, there are basics that cut across all organizations. The major rule to appearing in a business casual manner is to dress smartly without appearing too formal.
Your aim, should be to appear refined without having to wear a suit or other very formal attire. The key to dressing business casual is to mix tailored outfits or your traditional office wear with more relaxing fashion forward pieces. See below for guidelines to choosing your outfits.

Business Casual Tops for Ladies

Business casual gives more freedom to the sort of top you wear. You’re allowed to experiment with bright colours as long as you tune them down with neutral and soft coloured bottoms.

The overall rules are to keep the neckline modest and if your top is bothering on the sheer side, wear a camisole.

Tops to consider include: short sleeved button up or down shirts either made with cotton, silk or any lightweight synthetic material; blouses that are nicely fitted or loose in an elegant way; tank tops to wear underneath blazers; jackets; sweaters and cardigans.

Business Casual Skirts

Skirts are a quick hack for appearing business casual. They are versatile pieces and every woman could do with a number of them in her wardrobe.

When shopping for them, go for trendy styles but keep in mind that pencil skirts are usually the way to go.

Pleated skirts and A line skirts also go well with the business casual dress code. Make sure that the length (knee-length and below) and slit are modest and appropriate.

Business Casual Pants for Ladies

Think neutral and solid colours when shopping for your business casual pants.

Dark colours such as: black, grey and brown work best. However, regarding style, chic and trendy pieces that are perfectly tailored are a great choice.

Your pants made of soft fabric that’ll keep you feeling comfortable all day.

When in doubt of what sort of pants to wear, go for khaki or cotton pants.

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Re: Ladies Business Casual Attire: Guidelines To Follow by Klass99(f): 4:19pm On Jul 26, 2020
Re: Ladies Business Casual Attire: Guidelines To Follow by mzhazel(f): 10:32pm On Jul 26, 2020
Me and you both! Smart casual works too and ironing is such a chore for me but one can't really do without it.


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