I’ve been trying to write a post for weeks now on Business Casual for summer, and it keeps devolving into a rant about some of the more egregious clothing choices I’ve been seeing in my office. The ensuing gripe-fest ultimately comes across as sanctimonious, judgemental and well, very Grumpy Old Woman, and I really don’t want to be that person.
So instead, I’ll share the guidelines I’ve devised for myself for putting together Business Casual ensembles for the office, which work for all seasons.
1. Dress for your audience and venue. If I know I’ll be attending meetings at “headquarters,” I’ll generally dial it up a notch. A lightweight blazer instead of a cardigan, closed toe shoes instead of sandals.
2. For a normal day in the office, mix casual/soft pieces with more tailored pieces. If I wear jeans, I’ll add a blazer or jacket, even if a knit version. Trousers or pencil skirt can be paired with a fitted tee and a cardigan.
3. Layers. One never knows whether the a/c will be on strike or on overdrive.
4. When it comes to showing skin, err on the side of caution.
5. Avoid anything that looks like a mis-matched suit.
6. Even though I don’t match my bag and shoes, I at least try to keep them at the same level of formality. For example, I don’t wear patent leather shoes with a distressed leather bag.
Have you developed your own set of guidelines for workplace attire? Please do share.
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