Dress Codes Decoded: Business Casual (women)

December 12th, 2011 by Trademark Image Consulting

The Business Casual dress code is the norm for super casual offices.  At this level, denim can be worn and even more colours and fabrics can be used compared to the Professional level of business attire.  This level of business attire is also known as “Casual Friday” for Corporate and Professional executives.  This look is seen as relaxed and friendly.

  • Bottoms: Bottoms can be suede, leather, corduroy, or denim.  Shorts, skirts, and jeans are allowed.
  • Hosiery: Socks should match the shoes or outfit.  Cotton and opaque socks are ideal.
  • Shirts: Shirts can be of any colour and pattern.  They should not have large logos or any slogans on them.  Sweaters or cardigans can be worn over the shirt.  Neckline shouldn’t be any lower than 3″ to 4″ from the base of the neck.
  • Shoes: A variety of shoes can be worn, including sandals.  Closed-toe shoes are preferred.
  • Belts: If a belt is used, it should coordinate with the shoes.  The belt can be leather, metal, and/or textured.
  • Accessories: Jewelry should be kept simple, but there is no strict guideline for the types of jewelry that can and cannot be worn.
  • Bags: Women are free to use any handbag of their choice, as long as it coordinates with their outfit. Backpacks are not recommended.
  • Grooming: Hair should clean, neat, and away from the face. It is not necessary for the hair to be put up.

Here is our take on this dress code:

Business Casual Dress
Business Casual Dress

Cardigan: Miss Selfridge
Shirt: MQ Alexander McQueen
Earrings: Dannijo
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Bag: Victoria Beckham
Cuff: Dannijo
Scarf: Etro
Shoes: Brian Atwood
Glasses: Cutler & Gross

Here’s our post for the men’s version of the business casual dress code.

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