I’m attending an event where the dress code is business casual but I’m not sure exactly what this means. Can I wear a summer dress and flat sandals? It must be even worse for men! How do you interpret this?
For me, smart jeans, dark tea shirt, dark cotton business jacket, brogues.
Good question. I’d probably wear a casual dress & flattish shoes or trousers & a blouse. Think men can get away with s shirt/tshirt, smart jeans & a jacket. If I did chance smart jeans they’d probably not be blue denim & I’d maybe wear heels with them to dress them up a bit.
I’d agree with Melissa although it depends on the industry sector. Blue Jeans would be considered normal for bizcas(!) in the tech industry and creative.
The jeans things is the interesting one. As you say, @APC in some industries this is completely fine, but not acceptable others - it’s a veritable mine field out there! I guess it just depends on how smart all the other parts of the outfit are, if you will get away with it.
I’ve had this conversation with so many people over the years and more recently with students. The biggest contention always seems to be shoes! A gentleman in jeans, with a t-shirt, jacket/blazer or smart shirt or shirt and jumper, can rock it both ways. Throw in a pair of trainer types shoes, and it throws the balance’! Ladies, just tricky if not more! Peep-show shoes? Sandles? Converse? Espadrilles, Flipflops so many factors to consider but shoes will kill or make the outfit, smart, casual, street whatever!!
Lucky I have over 100 pairs of shoes then!! Knew it wasn’t just an addiction
You’re right about the shoes @APC It still makes me giggle when I see elegantly dressed businesswomen in trainers for their commute.
@MelissaJane I like your thinking… I think the same also applies for bags, no?
Yes definitely bags and jewellery! Also now wondering whether I should get formal and casual specs
p.s. that’s probably me in the trainers… just can’t run around London in heels any more!
lol yes my style has adapted to include converse with dresses when running around!
Business dress and trainers is the standard look for commuters now! I feel out of place on the odd occasion when I wear my ‘proper’ shoes!
How have people been coping staying smart with the recent weather? Is it ok to bend the rules when it’s so hot - are clients/managers understanding?