There are numerous occasions that might require you to wear
the ambiguous “business casual.” You could be attending a casual interview,
dressing for a class presentation or preparing for a day of sorority
recruitment. Whatever the event, it’s important to look and feel your best.
Here are some dos and don’ts to make the gray area of business casual clearer. Remember,
business casual doesn’t have to mean business boring.
appropriately. Stay away from dresses or skirts that show too much skin or are too
tight. The same advice applies to pants. If they are skin-tight or baggy to the
point of sagging, rethink the outfit. This is especially important when going
on an interview or in another situation where your clothing makes a first
impression. Most important, you want to be comfortable in whatever you are wearing,
so clothes that fit properly should be a no-brainer.
Don’t wear jeans.
In general, whenever the word “business” is mentioned, avoid denim. If you are
more comfortable in pants, go for a dressy pair or even nice khakis. If you
like, look for a pair of colored dress pants or crops, but if you decide on
colored pants, stick with a neutral blouse or sweater so that the outfit isn’t
accessories to dress up your outfit. If your apparel is leaning toward the casual
side, consider a nice piece of jewelry. A statement necklace is a great place
to start and can add color or dimension to an otherwise quiet ensemble. Just be
sure to not over-accessorize. One necklace or pair of earrings should be enough!
Pick jewelry that you won’t fidget with during an interview or presentation. It
should be a nice touch to your outfit, not a distraction.
Business casual is a tricky term, but it means that you have
a lot of options! You can mix and match cardigans, skirts and dress pants. Find
pieces that make you feel comfortable and dress them up or down to make the
outfit your own.