Dress business casual - men

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Dress business casual - men
Dress Business Casual - Men

Many businesses allow somewhat casual attire at least once a week, but dress 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 business casual, which is a notch below business formal.

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  1. 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.

  2. 2

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

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

  8. 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.

Tips and warnings

  • Observe what others are wearing to get an idea of what is acceptable, if your company has no written guidelines.
  • Your casual-day outfit should be formal enough that you can throw on a sport coat and meet a client.
  • Casual days generally do not include the option of not shaving.

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