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Business casual explained:
All about Smart Casual dress code:
In most offices today, business casual is a firmly rooted dress code and to learn more about it, please check out our business casual video, here.
As far as dressing for the office goes, a lot depends on the culture but over the years, things have changed dramatically and today, we go through the decades and we will give you a specific rundown of what items to wear, what not to wear, and particularly, what shoes you can focus on.
In the last thirty years, the formality scale has dropped dramatically and today, probably just 1/10 office workers wear a full suit. As with many trends in menswear, the World War set a huge impact on style and dress code for the office and it usually meant that it was more casual or at least, more utilitarian.
So, what should you wear to work? Honestly, a lot of it depends on your workplace and the culture there. That being said, we are big supporters of the plus and minus rule.
So, don’t just look at what the employee handbook says but actually observe what people are wearing at the office and at your workplace.
Now ideally, you want to stay within one step above what people wear. Ideally, you don’t want to step below because it definitely has an impact, people see it, and they will judge you maybe just subconsciously.
You’ve probably heard of the old saying “Don’t dress for the job you have but for the job you want.” That as a caveat, many CEOs today dress very casually because they are already at the top of the company and they don’t have to impress anyone. At the same time, if you have client contact and you want others to respect you at the office, dressing well and dressing a step up is important.
Now that being said, sometimes your manager or superior can feel threatened if you outdress them so that is one aspect to keep in mind. You do not want to offend people and hirt your chances of climbing the ladders simply because they feel threatened by the way you dress.
Honestly, if that happens at your workplace, it’s probably time to change jobs anyway because that is not the kind of culture that you will likely thrive in, especially not if you like to dress up. if you want a full rundown on what business casual means today, please check out the video, here.
5 WARDROBE STAPLES
1. Navy blazer
Even though you never have to wear suits at work, having a blazer is ideal because it makes your otherwise very informal outfit rather formal without being over the top.
Ideally, you get them in some khaki color, you can also go lighter with stone, or darker with navy.
3. Dress shirts
If you don’t work in a super formal office, you can be a little bit more relaxed with your shirts, you can have stripes, you can add some colors, maybe checks, and you can decide if you want to have button cuffs or French cuff for cufflinks.
In terms of shoes, the rules have relaxed a lot. For the traditional office, you can go with the classic black cap toe oxford. At the same time, brown at the office today is probably more popular than black if you look at all the offices across the US and Europe. It really does not matter if you go with derby shoes or monk straps.
A lot of men wear short socks or mid-calf socks when they slide down, they expose your hairy calves which is still unprofessional in this day and age.
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