As we continue adopting more flexible dress-codes at the workplace, business casual is emerging as an alternative trend to embrace. This is basically a style of clothing that is less formal than traditional business wear, but is still intended to give a professional and businesslike impression.
As a campus lady, you will find business casual ideal for your attachment, internship or employment later in life. For men it’s easy to find something business casual to wear. However, as a woman you have to be very caution of what you wear. As you adopt this style of clothing, there are several basic dos and don’ts that you need to consider. You have to know when to what and what not to wear.
Trust me it’s harder than you think, but here are a few rules to go by to be on the safe side:
Length of the Skirt/Dress
It is important to ensure that in your business casual, your skirt/dress is not more than two inches above the knee when standing. Additionally, ensure that when seated, you thighs are covered. Dresses/skirts that are too short and which leave your thighs exposed are considered to be casual and may not be appropriate for business settings.
Do not confuse club wear with business casual
This is a very important point to consider. Club wear tend to leave nothing to imagination such that they are extremely tight and very revealing. While you can wear casuals that accentuate your features in a business meeting, ensure that it is not too tight for the comfort of your colleagues. Avoid revealing attire at all costs.
The Slit Rule
A slit just above the knee can be appropriate if the skirt/dress comes just below the knee. If wearing a long skirt/dress the slit should not be above the knee. Slits should be in the back of the skirt to facilitate walking or climbing stairs. Slits to further the view of your legs are not appropriate for business settings.
Avoid inappropriate Piercings
Piercing besides your ears such as lip, tongue, eyebrow, nose or anything pierced on your face should be removed to be on the safe side. May be considered inappropriate. Any additional body piercing should be covered. Tattoos may not be appropriate or have to be covered.
Moderate on your makeup
Make-up should be natural looking and more on the conservative side. Less is more. Nails should be clean and also well groomed. Avoid extreme polish color and extreme nail length is inappropriate. As for jewelry and accessories keep your choices simple and more on the conservative side. Avoid extremes styles and colors. Depending on your line of work you may have more flexibility with these rules.