Business Professional for Men:
- The most sophisticated look is simple. Avoid fad clothes for business wear.
- Only one part of an outfit should stand out, with no more than one item that is bright, shiny, or particularly noticeable.
- Natural fibers have a “successful” look. Avoid synthetics with a polyester look.
- The best look is conservative. Large, flashy rings, cufflinks, or other jewelry are inappropriate.
- Use a full-length mirror and good lighting.
Business Professional for Women:
While business casual dress has been the norm in high-tech companies for some time, this trend is now catching on in the rest of corporate America. The term “business casual” is broad and subject to many interpretations. The challenge lies in finding the middle ground between “stuffy” and “sloppy.” There is a difference between “casual” and “business casual.” Keep in mind that no matter what you wear, you are conducting business.
Generally, business casual dress means no jeans or sneakers. For men, khakis, trousers, or suit pants could be paired with a knit shirt, a sport shirt, or a collared, long-sleeved shirt that does not demand a tie. With a leather belt, hard-soled shoes, and socks, these combinations are well within the range of appropriate business casual dress.
Women have more options—for example, a short skirt, long skirt, classic trousers, khakis, dress pants, and pantsuits. Other choices include a coordinated outfit, tailored jacket, or sweater set. Women should wear hard-soled shoes with closed toes and closed heels.
Many offices have adopted detailed business casual dress code policies. When in doubt as to what is appropriate, simply ask. Err on the side of caution; dress up rather than dress down. As always, good grooming is important in business casual.