Business casual is probably the most common style of dress for most companies yet so often misunderstood…..the two mistakes I see most frequently made are: too casual or too sexy. If it is something you would wear on a Friday night or hanging out at home, chances are it’s not for work….no to denim, no to leggings or yoga pants, and a big no to flip flops – regardless if they are covered with rhinestones…..no to skirts more than an inch above knee, no to skin tight clothes, no to spike heels and no to flashy jewelry.
This photo, found on a current business website, shows an attractive and shapely woman but NOT business appropriate. Earrings are for evening, blouse fabric/fit/color too much draws attention to her chest, skirt too tight and short, ‘dominatrix’ belt also draws attention to chest, shoe heels too high, platforms are not for work. She does not send the message of a serious business professional.
Now!! A serious business professional need not look frumpy! Shown here is an outfit I wore to work on a recent cool, spring day….a yellow rayon skirt which hits just above my knee with a navy linen sweater…..the sweater is not tight, but I bought it small enough so it would be figure flattering and not sloppy. Wearing a two inch block heel (Paul Mayer shoes) gives it a classy, relaxed look….
What’s your favorite business casual look?