Business Casual - What's your take?

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  1. ap10046

    ap10046 Senior member

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    Hi All,
    Have just moved to a new employer, where the appropriate dress code is "Business Casual".
    Would love to hear your opinions on this.

    Cheers!
     


  2. Eight

    Eight Well-Known Member

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    Well... at least they are expecting a step up from beach wear.
     


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    ap10046 Senior member

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    Well... at least they are expecting a step up from beach wear.

    Gee...Thanks...!

    Anyone who can offer a more appropriate response to a perfectly simple question?
     


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    Ideefixee Senior member

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    Gee...Thanks...!

    Anyone who can offer a more appropriate response to a perfectly simple question?


    Anything OVERRRR 9000!!!!!!1111oneoneoneoneone

    ... would work just fine.
     


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    I am not a fan of business casual at all, but that's because I rarely see it done well. Usually, it seems business casual is either taken as a license to dress poorly, or it becomes more of a uniform than the suit it, with everyone in the office wearing khakis and poorly fitting blue dress shirts. But, when business casual is done right (which, again, is rarely) it can come off really well.
     


  6. Eight

    Eight Well-Known Member

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    Sport coats with dress shirts
    Sweaters over dress shirts
    Sport coats and sweaters over dress shirts
    wool or cotton pants
    belt
    shoes (no thongs or sandals or running shoes)
     


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    alexei Senior member

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    "Business casual" is a very vague phrase. In most of America, it seems to mean khakis and a polo. This is a terrible outfit to wear as regular business attire. Business casual, to me, means you don't have to wear a suit. You still have to wear a sport coat (or at least have one available for meetings, I might take it off as soon as I get to the office) or a shirt/tie/sweater combo. Polo shirts are meant for the weekend if at all. You just have to see how others are dressing there and use that as your guide. By that, I mean as a guide to the company's definition of "business casual," not as a guide of how to dress as it may be very poor.
     


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    ap10046 Senior member

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    Thank you all.
    Those are what I was looking for. Definitely will stay away from the khaki/polo combination!
    Dress shirt and pants it is.

    Thanks again!
     


  9. Eight

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    No tie if no jacket or sweater though.

    And no short sleeves.
     


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    lou Senior member

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    The problem with buisness casual, is that too often they leave out the buisness part of dressing casual. As I see it, buisness dress is suits or sport coat, and tie. Take that down to casual, and you can do away with the coat, and tie.

    Buisness casual in my office runs from homeless guy on the street to dress pants and shirt.
     


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    I'd say consider it business attire sans jacket and tie, although tie is still optional.
     


  12. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think it is kind of BS what women get away with wearing to work. They can wear trousers and a long sleeve tee shirt, call it a blouse and sandals. They can wear the most casual things.

    I guess my complaint isn't that they can wear it, it is more than they do. They always look much lazier than the men in casual offices, in my opinion.
     


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    I am in business casual right now as it is friday. My wardrobe consists of a ralph lauren polo shirt, some armani black label slacks, ferragamo belt, and some bruno magli sorta slip on type shoes with rubber soles, ultra comfortable.
     


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    I think it is kind of BS what women get away with wearing to work. They can wear trousers and a long sleeve tee shirt, call it a blouse and sandals. They can wear the most casual things.

    I guess my complaint isn't that they can wear it, it is more than they do. They always look much lazier than the men in casual offices, in my opinion.


    I think there are bigger things to worry about. [​IMG]
     


  15. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You're right. They have no business being in the workplace! [​IMG]
     


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