Business casual is a ambiguous term, often described as professional or business casual wear, but with certain cleverly different elements of a proper business suit, adapted for contemporary business environments. Essentially the colloquial style of dressing has been condensed into business casual dress codes, with tailored shirt and dark trouser, dark slacks or lighter trousers, and a polished business suit jacket. Business casual clothes are designed to be worn in a more ‘business like’ environment – so business suits should not be worn to the pub on a Friday evening. They can however be worn with a tuxedo to a highly-formal dinner party. These are perfect for those semi-formal occasions where a more business like dress code is required. However business casual clothes are perfectly acceptable in a more casual environment, for example at the office as well as at parties.
When it comes to business casual dress, you want to choose clothing that is as comfortable as possible. Cotton blend fabrics are an excellent choice of clothing that are both stylish and comfortable. You will find that most business casual dress attire is made from cotton blend material, which is very practical for working environments where you will have to work long hours without any relaxation. Cotton allows your body temperature to stay at a comfortable level, allowing you to remain focused on your work.
If you are unsure about how to wear business casual clothing to create the right effect, you should consider consulting with a professional wardrobe consultant. However, if you are unsure about how to dress down for a more formal occasion, it is actually perfectly acceptable to look formal, with either a dark shade of linen or a dark suit jacket and tie. The key to creating the right professional appearance is to balance the casual with the business look. For this, the clothing should still be appropriate for the type of business that you are attending.
Your most important clothing pieces will be the jeans, shirts, and shoes that you choose to wear with your informal outfits. These items of clothing should not be too heavy, nor should they appear baggy or ill-fitting. Your shoes should fit well, but you should avoid wearing sneakers or sandals. In general, business casual shoes and outfits will be quite similar to what you would wear with more formal attire. The only difference will be the more relaxed, casual style of these clothes, which is fine as long as you are comfortable in them.
In addition to your clothing, other accessories are also important for creating the perfect business casual outfit. Wristwatches are a must, as well as a pair of leather shoes that fit properly. If you are going to be out and about, you might as well wear a suit jacket and tie, rather than a dressy suit. Even though it is considered business casual, these two items of clothing should never be matched.
As you can see, dressing down for a job interview or social gathering does not mean that you have to lose your confidence. It just means that you are going to be a bit more casual in your everyday outfits. By keeping a few basic pieces of clothing and using a more casual but still elegant style of tie, you will be able to show off your softer side and still come across as professional. By keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to put together outfits that will make you look as good in a business suit or a t-shirt and jeans as you would in a tank top and shorts.