How to Dress Business Casual: Women

Women can often get away with a wider range of attire than men.
Let comfort and professionalism guide you when you're dressing
for business casual occasions. Also check out our Pinterest page for visual examples!

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  • Ask your human resources department for official guidelines. Business casual
    means different things at different companies. At a large corporation, it may
    mean slacks or a business skirt; at a smaller company, it may mean a cotton
    sweater and a floral skirt.
  • Before you go casual, check your daily planner to make sure you do not have
    any meetings that require formal business attire.
  • Select clean, wrinkle-free clothes.
  • Wear a good-quality blouse or knit shirt. Include a casual blazer or cardigan if
    appropriate.
  • If a dress is sleeveless, wear a blazer or cardigan over it.
  • Check your company's policy before you decide to wear jeans to work.
  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and appropriate for your outfit. Funky
    platform athletic shoes or strappy sandals might be formal enough for some
    companies; however, it is more typical to wear closed-toed leather shoes.
    Avoid worn-out shoes.
  • Keep the makeup and fragrances light. Accessorize with a silk scarf or classic
    bracelet to give your casual outfit a polished look.
  • Limit visible body piercings to no more than two earrings per ear. Cover any
    tattoos and other forms of body art with clothing. Avoid showing any cleavage
    and make sure your stomach and lower back won’t be exposed when you
    stoop down or sit at a desk.

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Tips:

  • A basic pair of black slacks is a must for any work wardrobe.
  • Business casual attire is more formal than weekend wear.
  • Faded T-shirts,
    shorts, torn clothing and risqué attire are not appropriate.