When you enter the workforce, apart from the obvious, work-related questions you will have to find the answers to, something else can begin to cripple your mind. What to dress for work? Even if your company is more or less casual, you probably cannot get away with things you wore at the university. If the dress code at your workplace is business casual, you’ve probably had difficulties trying to understand what exactly it means. It’s obviously somewhere between suit and tie on one hand, and jeans on the other. But how to finally nail it? We’ve got you covered. Read on for tips on dressing business casual and you’ll never have any more doubts!
Dress as per the work environment
One of the most important things to consider is your work environment. Pay attention to what your colleagues wear; and if you’re new, it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask your superior! Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and no one will deem your question stupid. If you have a meeting with clients lined up, overdress a bit. It’s a sign of respect, and there’ll be plenty of time for more casual wear when you’re spending the day in the office.
Know What the No-Nos Are
Unforeseen circumstances happen; but generally speaking, you shouldn’t base your workwear on jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers. A lot of companies have Casual Fridays, so maybe save those garments for the last day of the week. And even if Casual Friday is something that’s going on, please don’t show up in an outfit that would better suit a weekend afternoon in front of the television. Being dressed in a professional way – on Casual Friday, it can mean dark jeans and a sweater or a colorful shirt – shows you’re respectful and responsible, and it’s a very valuable trait.
Make a Capsule Wardrobe
If you’re not too interested in fashion, you might have no idea what capsule wardrobe is – but creating one will make all the difference. A capsule wardrobe is a closet full of staples that fit you and go well with each other. Generally speaking, these are the items that never go out of fashion, are super versatile, and are made of quality fabrics. The basic pieces you will need are shirts, trousers, cardigans, sweaters, shoes, and good accessories. The fabrics you want to pay attention to? The more natural, the better. Think cotton, wool, silk, cashmere, and combinations of those.
Accessorize, But Don’t Overdo It
Accessories can add a dash of personality to an otherwise close-to-boring look, though if you follow our tips for the clothing, you’ll minimize the chances of being perceived as boring! It’s crucial to play with colors and textures, and you’re good. But you can always add a nice touch with the right accessories. A wristwatch and a good leather or vegan leather bag can round up your look with that je ne sais quoi.
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