Here is a tough question to answer every workday of your life. Is there any guiding rulebook that can make your morning choices easier? Unfortunately, the answer is quite difficult and surely there is no handbook manual to browse but, the good news is that there are some golden rules when it comes to dress for work code that combined with today’s tendencies can be easily followed. From the very beginning, it is essential having an organized agenda of your business schedule so that you will not be taken by surprise and if that is too difficult for you to manage, always peak at least one classic piece which suits to any situation. For further more practical ideas, just have a look at these classic office outfit recommendations.
Dress Codes from Business Formal to Casual
Typically there are four major dress codes in the business world. Two of them are pure formality codes like business formal and business professional, meanwhile business casual and casual are more lightly subject to rigidity. The differences between them are imposed by the situations you find yourself in during your working day and adopting one or the other it is also about your company or industry suitable dressing code. Make sure you know what distinguishes them:
Business formal vs. Business professional
If you think business is business and this means classic outfitted suits and neutral coloring, think again. This is applicable especially for executive level meetings and business formal is the highest professional dress code. In this case, a very well-cut skirt suit or pantsuit in conservative colors like navy, black or brown is required. If you go for the skirt option, do not exceed the two finger-widths above your knees and complete it with a white button-up shirt with a defined collar.
When it comes to shoes stay also in the traditional area but necessarily choose a closed-toe model with heels that, by the book, need to be also in a neutral color such as black, grey, taupe or brown. Conservativeness is also the rule for choosing accessories but here there is a little space for your creativity, especially with the latest tendencies that are pointing towards a feminine touch but don’t forget to apply the code to your headdress as well. Stepping down a little from the formal stiffness, there is the business professional dress code that still needs neatness and conservative approach but can be more relaxed when it comes to colors and even patterns.
This is the traditional business attire that you already know and certainly adopt when you take seriously your working day and you make it a business day, with the opportunity of adding something more from your personality in colors and accessories. Large high-quality jewelry, collared button-up shirts in solid colors and even tops, dresses and assorted jackets, always closed-toe heeled shoes or pumps, are definitely allowed for a professional effect.
Business casual vs. Casual
The business casual trend is still a mystery for some and this is due to the fact that crossing the line to casual is very easy and you don’t know what you really should put together for a successful business casual look. The sure thing is that you still have to look professional but you can play even more with colors, accessories and different wardrobe mixes. This dressing code allows cardigans, colored blouses, and soft patterns, slacks, and business separate.
Statement necklaces are more than you can need and this is the moment for you to introduce gemstone and other creative materials as well as colored scarves along with comfortable shoes like flats and loafers but stick with the closed-toe rule. If your agenda does not include any professional like activity then casual is appropriate for a day at the office but avoid getting too much of it. There is a neat and pressed requirement even for the most casual attire and not that revealing as well. This the moment to play with colors and patterns, wear jeans and open-toe shoes, casual like handmade accessories and get your hair loose or in some creative styles and colors.