Business Casual Attire: 4 Secrets to Getting it Right

Business Casual Attire: 4 Secrets to Getting it Right
A Man in a Navy-Blue T-shirt Rubbing his Chin While Sitting at a Table in Front of a MacBook

Workplace dress code is constantly evolving. Denim didn’t make it into your office until the 80’s when wide-legged jeans became the new hot thing. Chinos were frowned upon as recent as the 90’s. In other words, the workplace dress code isn’t an exact science. 

Therefore, always keep your sweat-proof undershirt on and follow Mordecai’s advice.

  1. Determine the Nature of Your Business-Casual Environment

Business-casual could mean a number of things at your workplace. It could be more professional than casual or vice versa. Your first order of business is to determine the environment.

For instance, academic workplaces might be more professional-leaning, whereas a digital advertising agency is likely to let their employees do what they want as long as it's reasonable.

  1. Watch and Adapt

It doesn’t matter how relaxed HR is about your dress code. The key is to observe what everyone else is wearing and adapt to it without deviating from your personal preferences. That way, you won’t stick out like a sore thumb and can still let your style be an extension of your personality.

Start by making a list of all the items you see people wearing, such as:

  • Ties
  • Suspenders
  • Polo shirts
  • Button-down shirts
  • Blazers
  • Power suits

Tally each item, and you’ll know how business-casual your workplace is. For instance, more button-downs than tees is a sure sign that it’s more business-leaning.

A Workplace Featuring Shared Desks Occupied by People in Casual Attire
  1. Remember the Big ‘Don’t’ of Business-Casual

Business-casual attire is pretty flexible, but there’s just one thing you never want to wear to work, no matter how laidback. No matter what you do, never draw attention to yourself with outerwear or innerwear.

Your outerwear is the first thing people see when you enter their line of vision. You can have pattern and color all you want, but you don’t want flash or texture. In short, don't wear anything you’d wear to a nightclub or concert.

Innerwear is self-explanatory. It’s meant to keep your relevant bits in shape and prevent improper exposure without being too obvious. This rule may apply more to women than men, but we’ve seen enough men wearing designer undershirts as outfits.

  1. HR is Your Friend

You go to HR for the smallest things. Why not this? Some people even ask HR what the dress code is when they get called in for an interview. So, pick up your phone or send an email to HR about the dress code at your new workplace. 

Ask about the updated dress code policy, as it might have undergone a renewal during the pandemic. Ask them about work-appropriate attire by sending them a list of every item you’d like to wear to work and asking them to mark the allowed items. It would make their job a lot easier.  

Do you know what would make your job easier in this heat? A men’s sweat-proof undershirt that can keep you cool and collected in any weather and allow you to wear an outfit more than once without washing. Visit Mordecai online to order a slim-fit sweat-proof undershirt.

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