Business Attire Guidelines
When you first enter or are in the business world, you must know how to dress appropriately for any given situation.
What you wear for an interview or career fair is likely to differ from your day-to-day business attire. Today, business attire is more confusing than even before, and striking the perfect balance of professionalism and style can be tricky.
Thankfully, we’re here to help with our guide to chic yet appropriate work wear. From smart suits to sophisticated separates these outfit ideas are sure to leave you feeling inspired all week long.
Business attire refers to the clothing that employees wear to work. Depending on the workplace, various levels of the formality of business attire are expected and the norm.
It denotes a professional style of dress that appears smart and sophisticated. For men, a suit is generally required.
Women, on the other hand, can interpret business attire in a range of ways. While pantsuits and skirt suits are ideal, polished separates and business and dresses can also work well.
Business Attire Ideas
Business Casual or Business Formal?
Business casual or formal attire differ significantly. As such, it’s essential to know which one you’re dressing for and how to do so appropriately.
Business casual attire is a somewhat Relaxed style of office wear. It is often called upon for contemporary place of work along with business. ‘’Casual Fridays’’ in more conservative offices.
Business formal attire is more sophisticated than business casual and is typically reserved for more tradition offices along with certain professional occasions, such as client meetings and presentations.
How to Wear Business Attire for Women
- Understand whether you’re dressing business casual or business formal and what that means before planning your outfit
- Rely on work wear basics, such as suits, shirts, business dresses, pencil skirts and tailored pants
- Stick to a neutral color palette and only add prints or other tones when appropriate
- Consider having garments tailored to ensure they fit correctly and appear professional
- Ensure your outfit is clean, neatly pressed and doesn’t have any stains, marks or tears
- Keep jewelry minimal, opt for a structured handbag, and choose smart closed-toe shoes
- Keep it Hemlines, necklines, fabrics - consider your office environment and adjust accordingly. If you’re unsure if an outfit will be appropriate, always err on the side of conservative just to be safe
Corporate Staples Women Must Haves
1. A smart blouse or shirt
Versatile and easy to style, a blouse is the perfect balance between smart and feminine. It can also take you from work week to casual Friday with the switch of accessories. Prints, detailing like ruffles or embellishments, and color has got your back.
Tip: Look out for anything too sheer and always iron out those creases.
2. Classic pair of pants
Slim and straight are a top choice when choosing the best pants style for the workplace. Black is classic, as are shades of grey as they go with everything. Alternatively, opt for a colored pair of pants with a matching blazer for the ultimate modern power suit.
Tip: Buy them a little long so that when you wear them with heels, the hemline falls just above the ground.
3. Polished Skirt
You can’t beat the timeless pencil skirt: the length, the sharp lines - it is an effortless piece. Midi skirts in an A- line silhouette are also suitable; avoid anything above the knee (unless it’s a pencil skirt).
Slip dresses are too sultry for the workplace, but a slip skirt adds an elegant touch.
4. An Elegant Dress
Elegant is in. Think longer dresses that accentuate your waist; and trade in bright prints for solid block colors. Dresses are fantastic for the office because they’re an entire outfit in one easy zip.
On the days when you have time to orchestrate elegance before a big meeting, it will be an advantage or when you’re running late but want all the rewards of sophistication, there’s nothing better.
5. A Tailored Blazer
A well-made blazer is a transformative object. It makes denim dressy, party dresses polished, and -- with the right fit -- can bestow a boyish figure with curves, or make those last five pounds disappear.
Not all blazers are created equal. Oversized menswear blazers are having a moment but a sleek ’90s leather single-breasted jacket also feels right on time And it doesn’t hurt that blazers are still super trendy- either as a separate or as part of a suit.
In our experience, no blazer is more versatile or flattering than Theory's classic tailored version. It is constructed with a woman's movement in mind, and looks simultaneously professional and sensual. As crucial as choosing the jacket is having it tailored. Here’s a cheat sheet to making yours fit like a second skin.
- It should be fitted across the shoulders, but not stretched taut
- The hem should skim your hipbone
- The sleeves should hit mid-thumb when your arms are straight in front of
- You should be able to button it without pulling, but it should retain its silhouette when worn
- If you are between sizes, or any part of the blazer is too small, always size To make smellers much easier than the opposite (unless we’re talking body fat percentages.)
- Your blazer is a frame; you are the main attraction’
- It’s should be fitted across the shoulders, but not stretched
- The hem should skim your hipbone
- The sleeves should hit mid-thumb when your arms are straight in front of you
6.Shoes and Accessories
Always go with a closed toe shoe. Some offices require heels, pointed-toe pumps are sleek and forever stylish, although make sure to avoid heels that are more than three inches high.
Keep your bag and jewelry simple. A black handbag is a great investment piece – a well-made one will go with anything and last you forever. A stick to basic studs for your earrings, and maybe a classic watch to finish off your look.
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- Heaven Penaflorida