Business casual is one of those terms that many people don’t understand. The reason for this is in each company it could mean something completely different. Some companies have very relaxed dress codes, while others are more formal. The Fashionable Entrepreneur’s definition of business casual is basically anything but a full formal suit and tie.
In most companies business casual for men means wearing a pair of chinos and a shirt with a collar, and a pair of dress shoes. The shirt can be a button down or polo for those hot days. Following this rule you are usually safe unless you work in a traditionally stuffy industry. The Fashionable Entrepreneur believes that business casual means everything but a full formal suit and tie because he has seen companies where business casual is interpreted in many different ways. Some companies expect that employees will still wear ties, but won’t wear a jacket. In some companies you can wear a jacket or suit and skip the tie. In other companies business casual is actually casual and you can wear jeans, t-shirts, and gym shoes to work.
With all the different variations of business casual I’d abide by this rule until I’ve been at the company long enough to know what is expected. It’s always better to be overdressed then underdressed. If you’re just starting out in a new job and haven’t seen what many of the other employees are wearing, you should come to work in a suit and tie. If no one else is wearing ties, you can take yours off. If no one else is wearing a jacket with or without a tie, you can take off your jacket. It’s always easy to make a dressy outfit more casual but it’s hard to make a casual outfit dressier.
If the business casual debate has you confused, don’t worry. Personally I don’t deal with it anymore. I work at home online so most days I wear lounge clothes. If I’m going out to run errands or meet with clients, I tend to dress very well and very fashionably, because I’m in the fashion industry and it’s expected. If you think you’d like to have this freedom and flexibility, click on the picture below and learn how to work at home in the fashion industry and be paid to wear designer items.