Glad the blog has been helping: Dress Shirts Dress shirts are business-casual must-haves. Get a pair in black and brown so you have a pair of appropriate shoes to wear with any color of your pants. What is the proper implementation of the dress code?
If you aren't finding it elsewhere, it might be because everyone else realizes without having to be told that leather pants aren't "business casual" the way nobody has to be told that ripped jean shorts aren't business casual.
Your company introduced what is a pretty specific rule after a few years of you wearing leather clothes. That doesn't mean they didn't have a problem with it and now they do. Nobody may have complained to your face, but you can bet they were saying it behind your back.
The point is not whether other companies allow leather pants to be included in business casual attire, the point is rather that the company you work for does not want any of their employees to wear leather pants and they are adding that on to the business casual dress code. I'd either go along or start looking for another position that allows you to wear what you want. Remember that many people consider it more rude to complain about someone's clothing than to wear inappropriate clothing to begin with.
I know that personally I would never point out to someone that their clothing is inappropriate. There are too many ways for that interaction to end badly. We have a monthly staff meeting where four EOP departments meet together. At our monthly meeting last week, we were told by our four directors that they are going to start enforcing a Business Casual dress policy that will be effective in October. Two items on the requirements of this policy got many of the women at the meeting frustrated.
One item is that capri pants will no longer be allowed. I believe almost every woman in that room had on capri pants. The other item that got a couple of us frustrated, myself especially, was not allowing the wearing of leather pants. I have worn all forms of leather clothing, jackets, skirts and pants for the past 19 years.
I have worked in this department for the past 9 years. During this time no one has ever complained that my leather clothing is not appropriate office attire. Most all of my winter clothing consists of leather clothing. I do not wear my leather slacks or skirts tight, many of them have belt loops and I wear belts with them.
I have a couple of leather suits that have skirts, slacks and jackets. I have worn them several times to work. I probably have 25 paird of leather slacks and 15 leather skirts. Many of them are lamb leather; they are not cheap leather, so they are soft. I have been looking on the internet to find out any policy on allowing leather fabrics in business casual attire in the office.
I am not able to find anything that says leather is not an unacceptable fabric for business casual clothing. The only one I have seen is the one that was given to us at the meeting.
I cannot find the source on it or the date. Can you please help me find out if leather clothing that is not tight fitting is acceptable in business casual attire? Thank you so much for your help in this matter. I have to have something to give to the committee by September, in the defense of leather clothing. Sincerely, Natrona Wilson, Academic Coordinator, Upward Bound view entire post anon Post 2 NO one seems to mention one way or the other if cargo pants count as business casual.
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Some companies will allow jeans, or even T-shirts, so you might get away with it. But ask yourself whether you want to wear clothes that you get away with or wear ones that make the most professional impression. So by now you should have a clearer idea of what business casual looks like, and you have some basic guidelines to follow.
Dress shirts are business-casual must-haves. Some offices also allow polo-shirts in summer , but only go there when the heat is otherwise unbearable and you know your office allows it. Otherwise, stick to dress shirts. Start off your wardrobe with shirts in traditional colors like white and light blue, but also consider alternatives like light pink, mint green or lavender.
And also consider subtle patterns like gingham or pinstripes. But avoid shirts that are too bold or trendy in design. Remember that you want to err on the conservative side. Which reminds me — tuck your shirt in! I already mentioned that jeans are a no-go, so on your bottom half you want to wear either dress pants or chinos.
Go for a no-break to half-break. And again, start off with more conservative colors like navy, grey or camel. I kid, of course. Sneakers have as little business being in a business-casual outfit as T-shirts and jeans. Get a pair in black and brown so you have a pair of appropriate shoes to wear with any color of your pants.
Some business-casual offices still expect you to wear a suit to work. They just allow you to leave the tie at home. It still looks most professional and handsome as well, so the ladies tell me. Wearing a suit gives you the most professional image, even if you forego the tie. In some offices, you may only wear them during winter , as a middle layer between your shirt and jacket. But other offices allow you to wear them as a substitute for your jacket. Keep your sweater or cardigan lightweight and solid.
Leave the chunky knits and bold patterns for more casual occasions. In fact, the business-casual craze started with just leaving the tie at home. The first way to dress business-casual is to simply wear your suit without the tie. A leather strap with a subtle silver or gold face is fine. Avoid silver or gold straps. And consider sprucing the outfit up a bit with a pocket square. Adding a pocket square will fix that. This outfit is actually quite safe when it comes to dressing business casual.
You can pull this look off in two ways: With dress pants or with chinos. The dress pants will give you a dressier look whereas the chinos are a tad more casual. Both looks will probably be fine if your office has this standard of business-casual, but the dress pants will give you a more professional edge. The latter works too, but dress pants will slide the look back towards business a bit. This is the most casual of the business-casual looks.
It leaves both the jacket and tie at home. Like with the previous look, go with dress pants rather than chinos to avoid venturing too far into casual territory. Wearing a tie without a jacket makes you look boyish. Not a professional look, my friend. So either wear a jacket and tie or wear neither. Just having it around will make the tie look deliberate. Now you know how to make business casual work. Be the guy that gets it right. Take it one step up.
I do have one question. What are the general guidelines for pairing pants and jackets? Is one generally light and one generally dark? Very informative, thank you. I do have a question. What are the general rules of style when matching pants with a jacket?
One light, the other dark? As well as shoes. Are short sleeve dress shirts in summer weather acceptable with business casual attire? The short sleeves tend to have holes that are far too big for most guys.
As I read this site, I thought it was great and very enlightening. I concluded that, as you well explained, business casual is not a single dress code with a very specific level of formality, but ranges from most formal to most casual within it, with many variables and layers.
Now, I wanted to suggest or rather ask that, just as there is the suit sans tie, there is also the counterpart of wearing suit separates non-matching jackets with a tie, is there not? If it is, would this be the equivalent to the suit without a tie in terms of level of formality? Do you mean wearing a suit jacket with pants from another suit? That would be similar to the odd jacket as explained above. Wearing separates comes with some risk. If you wear your suit jacket out too often without the pants, you might find one day that they no longer match, as wearing it out can cause slight discoloration over time.
Love your definition of business casual! I will always remember that description.
The photographs below showcase a variety of options that fulfill the requirements of a business casual dress code for a business casual work environment. By establishing this dress code, employees are allowed to work comfortably, but a professional image is not sacrificed for comfort. What is Business Casual? Business casual is a style of dressing that is neat and comfortable while maintaining professionalism. It can be one of the most confusing terms used to define appropriate office dress. Many men still think a business-casual dress code allows jeans. It doesn’t. But I understand the confusion. Frankly, everybody seems to have a different opinion on what counts as business casual for men.