Thursday, September 29, 2011

What To Wear: Office Dress Codes Defined

Recently I was honored to be consulted by a company looking to offer their employees some guidance on how to dress for success and make sure that everyone understands what it means to wear business (casual) attire.  As that topic dominated my evenings, I became hyper aware of my own work attire and thought it would be nice to share my sets with the rest of you in case you need some ideas for your own work wardrobe.

So, here's what works for work:
Business Formal

Business Casual

Business Casual Light

Jeans Friday

And in case you're doubting the magic of accessories, here's what works and what doesn't:

Accessorizing Do and Don't

Hopefully this was helpful to some of you, and provided some inspiration to the rest.  Obviously, these suggestions can't always be taken literally and you should use your best judgement depending on where you work. 

So, who else is inspired to clean the closet and kick it up a notch next week?


  1. I love this! my office told me when I started here that we were "business casual" but I see by your definitions that we definitely lean way more toward business casual light based on what everyone around here wears haha! Thanks for putting these together!

  2. I"m so glad to be out of the suit every day life! My hubby is stuck there, poor guy! Love your definitions :)

  3. i definitely need to try harder on looking good at work. jeans, button down, flats and a pony tail are most days. it is very casual!! love these suggestions. i think i could manage bus cas light!

  4. So helpful! I wish I could print this out and put it on our work bulletin board. ;)

  5. I really like this post. The number of right and wrong wardrobe choices are daunting and I think you've broken it down into what's appropriate yet still fashionable. Thanks!



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