Business casual: a slightly anxiety-inducing dress code. Whether you are keeping it caszh in the office, meeting with clients, or sitting at home on long zoom calls, your wardrobe needs those in-between ‘fits that give you the professional edge without going overboard. But what qualifies as “business casual?” Do sleeveless blouses count? Are jeans ok? Here’s a little guide to get you dressed to impress.
The Business Casual Dress Code: Do’s and Don’ts
The main dilemma with business casual is it can mean vastly different things to different companies. So, as a rule of thumb, it’s best to play it safe and follow these do’s and don’ts to fit the casual boss babe brief.
- Skirts down to the knee
- Matching sets
- Sleeveless blouses that aren’t cropped
- Distressed jeans
- Crop tops
- Overly sheer clothing
- Crochet, netting
- Anything overly sparkly (a little sequin on a sweater is fine)
- Mini skirts
- Athleisure (this isn’t gym class)
Sugar Coat Your ‘Fit with a Trench Coat
The trench coat is a great way to pull your business casual ‘fit together. Whether you are wearing a flirty dress like our fun Plus Size Recycled Ditsy Floral Dress or a fierce bodycon number, a trench coat is a great way to add a little professional layer as well as keep you warm in the cooler weather. We are vibing our Plus Size Faux Leather Trench Coat as a BC wardrobe standard. Throw this over your dress, pantsuit, or skirt and blouse combo to remind everyone who is boss.
Are Jeans Considered Business Casual?
Yes and no. When it comes to denim, what passes for business casual is the condition and cut of the jeans. Anything distressed is not going to impress. Your jeans should be clean, not frayed, and with no tears. Avoid jeans that have diamantes, embroidery, or any kind of detailing for that matter, and stay away from bright colors. Your traditional jean is your bestie for rocking the business casual look. Wear a loose silk blouse with it or style it with a loose-fitting bodysuit. Our Plus Size Satin Leopard Print Bodysuit looks great tucked into a pair of black high-waisted jeans.
Faux Leather But Authentically Classy
While leather lends itself to being somewhat of a nightclub fabric, a touch of faux leather is no faux pas. It can really add some texture to your ‘fits and look super classy – especially when it’s a faux leather skirt and blouse combo. Rock our Plus Size Faux Leather Pleated Skirt with a cream blouse, some black strappy heels or wedges and big silver hoops and you’re all set to close that deal.
Casual Fridays just got spicier. Our Plus Size Faux Leather Mini Skirt with elastic waistband looks absolute fire when combined with a cropped sweater. Rock it with a faux leather handbag for strutting down the office hallway, crushing meetings, and then hitting up happy hour.
Business casual ‘fits don’t have to be a stress-induced activity. Avoid the excessive rummaging through your closet and mountains of clothes strewn across the bed by grabbing a few classic pieces you can mix and match. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a selection just for you. Shop our wear-to-work section in store or online at FOREVER21.com.