How to Dress Business Casual – Men

Many businesses allow somewhat attire at least once a week, but codes vary. Some businesses are stricter than others. Some businesses allow employees to wear jeans  and some don’t. Here are some guidelines for dressing casual, which is a notch below formal.


Step 1
Ask your human resources department for official guidelines. Business casual means different things at different companies. At a large corporation, it may mean a sport coat with a tie; at a smaller company, it may mean khakis and a polo shirt.

Step 2
Before you go casual, check your daily planner to make sure you don’t have any meetings that require formal business attire.

Step 3
Select clean, pressed and wrinkle-free clothes. Your outfit should communicate professionalism.

Step 4
Wear a collared shirt with an undershirt. You can break up the oxford shirt monotony by wearing a linen or flannel shirt or one with a band collar. Knitted shirts and polo shirts are also generally acceptable. A casual sport coat is appropriate.

Step 5
Wear khakis, chinos, corduroys or other non-denim slacks. Check your company’s policy before you decide to wear jeans to work.

Step 6
Be sure to wear a belt, and have it match the color of your shoes.

Step 7
Wear socks that match the color of your pants leave white socks or tube socks in your gym bag.

Step 8
Choose oxfords, loafers, rubber soled leather shoes or boots for casual day. Wingtips are often too formal. Worn-out shoes, sandals or athletic shoes don’t make the grade.

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