to Dress Business Casual
Many businesses allow somewhat casual
attire at least once a week, but
dress codes vary. Here are some
guidelines for dressing business
casual, which is a notch below business
1. Ask your human resources department
for official guidelines. Business
casual means different things at
different companies. At a large
corporation, it may mean a sport
coat with a tie; at a smaller company,
it may mean khakis and a polo shirt.
2. Before you go casual, check your
daily planner to make sure you don't
have any meetings that require formal
3. Select clean, pressed and wrinkle-free
clothes. Your outfit should communicate
4. Wear a collared shirt with an
undershirt. You can break up the
oxford shirt monotony by wearing
a linen or flannel shirt or one
with a band collar. Knitted shirts
and polo shirts are also generally
acceptable. A casual sport coat
5. Wear khakis, chinos, corduroys
or other nondenim slacks. Check
your company's policy before you
decide to wear jeans to work.
6. Be sure to wear a belt, and have
it match the color of your shoes.
7. Wear socks that match the color
of your pants'leave white socks
or tube socks in your gym bag.
8. Choose oxfords, loafers, or rubber-soled
leather shoes or boots for casual
day. Wingtips are often too formal.
Worn-out shoes, sandals or athletic
shoes don't make the grade.
Observe what others are wearing
to get an idea of what is acceptable,
if your company has no written guidelines.
Your casual-day outfit should be
formal enough that you can throw
on a sport coat and meet a client.
Casual days generally do not include
the option of not shaving.
Polo shirts convey subtle messages
If you wear polo shirts, be aware
of what they say. A polo shirt with
the company logo, a school or a
local charity organization is good;
a shirt with golf courses or clubs
may show snobbishness. A shirt with
a competitor's symbol is definitely