So you just got a new job! How exciting! Whether you’re a recent college grad, a mother returning to the workforce after spending some much desired time at home with your kid, or you just wanted to move on to a new (or better) opportunity—a new job is always an exciting opportunity.
Your job told you that their dress code is business casual. “Business casual? What does that even mean?” you ponder. And you would not be alone. Unfortunately, business casual does not always mean the same thing to everyone. However, there are some commonalities between most people’s definitions of business casual that we can share. So today, we will share 5 tips to help you put your right foot (and shoe) forward at your new job.
- When in doubt, dress up.
It is important to get a feeling for your workplace’s culture. Over your first few weeks of work, you’ll get a good feel for how your coworker’s dress. Some company’s version of business casual skews more casual whereas some companies skew a bit more formal. It can be difficult to know right off the bat. When in doubt, dress a little more formally. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. After all, looking sharp never hurt anyone, right?
Don’t forget the little details. Brush your hair. Brush your teeth. Floss. Make sure your fingernails are clean. Sometimes, those little details can stick out like a sore thumb and make your otherwise perfect business casual outfit look…well…dingy. Now, we all know there will come a day that you chip your nail polish on that one finger. It happens! But obvious oversights can lower your street cred.
- Keep clothing items around to dress up your outfit.
The perfect business casual outfit can be dressed up to become business formal with just a minute’s notice. Keep a nice blazer or a pair of spiffy high heeled pumps in your office. That way, if you have to meet up with an important client last minute, you won’t have to worry.
- Don’t show too much skin.
Women in the workplace have enough challenges. When choosing your business casual outfit, keep in mind the amount of skin you are showing off. Keep it simple. Cotton pants or khaki pants are a great option. Skirts are classic as well—just keep them knee length or longer. On top, a nice blouse or sweater will never go wrong.
- Keep it simple
Figuring out a business casual wardrobe should not give you a headache. Wear clothing you like to wear. Stay comfortable. Think of who you will be meeting with and dress to impress—without dressing to the nines. No need to wear a fancy cocktail dress when you’re needing to get work done. Loud patterns and bright colors can be acceptable in moderation—but when in doubt, solids are your best bet for business casual that no one can argue with.
Enjoy your new job and get to work! There is no need to break the bank when looking for an outfit that meet’s your job’s business casual dress code. In fact, you can get a great deal by using a Rainbow coupon for great sales and discounts on women’s fashion.