It can vary from office to office, but in our opinion, trainers should not be worn to a business casual workplace. Even the super sleek ones feel too casual. Instead, consider a simple pair of oxfords or brogues. Loafers, boots, ballet flats and heels are also acceptable for work. Sandals are not ideal, however, on a hot day, it should be perfectly fine to wear them in the office. Flip-flops, however, are a big no-no.
This is where you get to have a bit more fun. Whilst your clothing might be relatively simple, show some personality through the accessories you wear. This can be through jewellery, belts, watches and bags. Just don’t go over the top! When it comes to bags, don’t wear your old backpack to work. Instead, bring a satchel, tote or soft leather briefcase.
What to Avoid When Dressing Business Casual
Remember, there is still a “business” in business casual. What you choose to wear at work should always look professional. You shouldn’t wear anything that is too tight or shows too much skin, so shorts, miniskirts and low-cut tops are off the cards. Jogging bottoms, leggings and sportswear are also inappropriate for work.
If you’re questioning whether something is appropriate for the office, it probably isn’t! Play it safe and wear something else.
Starting from scratch?
If you are just starting out, you might want to rely upon an outfit “formula” to get you started. That might be tailored trousers, a shirt and some brogues or a sheath dress, cardigan and some court shoes.
Figure out what outfit you feel most comfortable in and buy versions of it in a few different colours and fabrics. By creating this formula, it takes some of the pressure off whilst you build a more substantial business casual wardrobe.