How to Dress in Business Casual for Women



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If your company does not require business suits on a daily basis, follow these guides to learn the appropriate way to show up for work.

Step 1: Notice what others are wearing
Notice what female managers and bosses are wearing, especially the ones you admire. Look at what the people in the positions you want to eventually hold wear on a daily basis. Tailor your style to theirs.

Step 2: Wear clothes that fit
Wear clothes that fit. Don’t wear clothes that are too short, too tight, or too loose. Always cover your cleavage.

Step 3: Never wear beach or club wear
Never wear beach or club wear to work.

Tip
Leave the flip-flops, T-shirts, tennis shoes, jeans, shorts, tank tops, and sweatshirts at home.

Step 4: Think conservative
Think conservative. Tailored blouses, pants, skirts, and sweaters are best.

Step 5: Express your personality
Feel free to express your personality with your clothes and accessories, but avoid style extremes.

Step 6: Give yourself a once over
Give yourself a once-over before leaving the house. If you feel that you are dressed appropriately for a meeting with a client or the CEO, your clothes are probably perfect.

Did You Know?
As of 2001, about 44 percent of American companies had adopted an everyday business casual dress code. This was up from 36 percent in 1998.

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