What to Wear: Business Attire

The type of business attire you wear to work depends on the setting, the type of industry you work in, or the scenario. There are a variety of business clothing types from “business casual” to “business formal/black-tie”. Keep reading to learn which kind of business attire is appropriate for the setting you are going to work in.

What to Wear: Business AttireBusiness Casual

This type of clothing has become typical for many different workplaces as it’s meant to allow employees to wear comfortable, work-appropriate clothes. Common business casual clothing includes casual slacks like khakis or chinos, sport coats or casual blazers, dresses, skirts, collared or non-collared blouses, or collared shirts or button-down shirts, flats, comfort shoes.

Smart Casual

Another form of business attire, smart casual is business casual with a stylish twist. This type is appropriate for interviews and other informal settings as it lets you be comfortable at work while communicating that you care about your appearance. Common smart casual clothing includes blazers, trousers, button-down shirts, polos, dress shoes, boots, heels, casual or comfort shoes.

Business Professional/Semi-FormalWhat to Wear: Business Attire

This is the type of clothing that comes to mind when you think about business attire. It’s a traditional style of dress that is used in more conservative companies or settings. It is often worn in industries like law, finance, government, and business and should be well-fitted. Common business professional/semi-formal clothing includes tidy dresses, blouses with a blazer, neat button-down shirts, slacks, skirts, dark-colored suits and ties, oxfords, loafers, or minimal jewelry.

Formal/Black Tie

Business formal or black-tie clothing is reserved for high-end, formal, or official settings such as evening events, special dinners, benefits, or award ceremonies. Typical formal or black-tie attire includes pantsuits, dark suits, ties, slacks or skirts with matching blazers, and sometimes, long evening dresses. Shoes to wear include heels, loafers, Oxfords, formal flats, lovely jewelry, belts, or cuff links.

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