When You Have To Play it Casual In Office

Defined by job search engine Monster.com as “dressing professionally, looking relaxed yet neat and pulled together”, business casuals for women have forever been a matter of great mystery. EXEC helps you decode the ensemble.

What to Wear
At your job, Friday brings with casual wear and the promise of chic. But so many times people just go wrong. Believe it or not, but one instance of shoddy dressing could lead your colleagues to judge or worse, disregard you. Like it or not, in the business world, your image matters, and clothing is a sizable component of what keeps it together. It’s one of the first aspects of yourself that clients, co-workers and interviewers notice and can carry significant weight when determining where you fit in the social (and professional) hierarchy.

Though your wardrobe and your style statement are your own, everyone is an individualist and likely won’t want to adopt a uniform for work wear. There are, though, a few traits that most employees would like their clothing to reflect. Ideally, your wardrobe should profess that you are hard working, professional and a team player. Achieving that in business-casual attire is a pretty straightforward task.

Keep it covered
No matter what your style, business-casual pretty much never means business-sexy. Long skirts, long pants and higher necklines are safe bets. Knee-length skirts are fine, too, as are dressy capris.

Keep it neutral
That doesn’t have to mean head-to-toe tan. Black, grey, brown, navy blue, ivory, khaki and taupe are all good colour choices, and there’s no harm in throwing in an accessory to spice up your look — a pink scarf, yellow headband or red leather belt can make a great statement paired with blue pants and a simple white button-down.

Keep it classic
Ultra-trendy garb should be reserved for weekend affairs. In business-casual, what is timeless, generally works best. Which is not to say you shouldn’t be stylish. A pair of wide-leg dress pants can be as chic as a pair of skinny jeans.
What to Avoid

For all the bloopers at work that leave you showing a peek of what might well bring an embarrassing flush to the face, there is a solution. Avoid clothing that reveals your cleavage or G-string. Some might drool, few might feel uncomfortable and others might even comment on your bravado, but one thing is for granted. That it is unprofessional and will not put you in favour with your boss. So if you must wear low-rise jeans, make sure you pair it with a long top.

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