According to THIS article on the Wall Street Journal, business casual dress is the “black hole of style.”
What was supposed to be a simple break from stuffy business suits has turned out to be difficult. Business casual is one of the least understood descriptions of business attire in the workplace and is open to interpretation at every different office or organization. It is extremely important to understand what business casual means in your office because you you and your dress will get noticed. Many think that when they see someone in their business casual wear they are actually seeing their real personality as it lends to more creativity than the normal work attire.
Here are some simple pointers:
MEN- Dressing When You Get the JobWool or blended fiber Khaki pants, neatly pressed, and a pressed long sleeved, buttons solid shirt are good.Polo/golf shirts, unwrinkled are appropriate for a really casual environment.Wear a leather belt and black or brown leather shoes. Athletic shoes are inappropriate. Always wear dark socks.Ties are not always necessary but be sure to check what other coworkers are wearing.Just as with interviews, all facial hair should be well groomed.
WOMEN- Dressing When You Get the JobWomen can wear casual pants or skirts.For the most businesslike appearance, pants should be tailored.A knee-length skirt is preferable although a long skirt may be fineBusiness casual does not mean wear whatever you want. Err towards formality.Sweaters and sweater sets are appropriate and a tailored jacket may also be wornCreativity and style are encouraged but avoid overly flashy patterns, short skirts, and clingy or revealing outfits.
The article also points out 5 simple tips: