01Business Casual for a Guy
This is a good business casual option for a man. This option still upholds a professional image but is successful at being a more relaxed outfit without looking like everyday street wear. A dress shirt and tie still look nice, for example, but a full suit isn't necessary for a business casual environment.
02The Basic Business Casual Look
These three men and four women wear a basic look for a business casual workplace. Men can wear a nice dress shirt without a tie, yet still look professional and put together. Dress pants in a lighter color and khakis are also options for a business casual environment. Less formal ties and a sports coat are also proper choices where business casual is the norm.
A conservative skirt and blouse or sweater and a simple, informal dress are appropriate attire for women in a business casual work environment. Women will often wear pants and a shirt or sweater to fit well in a business casual workplace.
03Business Casual Dress Code
This group of employees showcases business casual attire that is appropriate for an office with a business casual dress code. Their button-down shirts are universally a great choice for a business casual environment. Even in a business casual workplace, their shirts are not wrinkled or dirty.
Instead, their shirts are well maintained and look nice while still upholding a relaxed vibe. As you can see from this picture, ties aren't necessary for a business casual workplace, and full suits are generally too formal for a business casual office. This is a good example of appropriate business casual dressing for men and women.
04Business Casual for a Woman
This is a great example of a business casual outfit for a woman. A well-fitting, attractive blouse paired with slacks and finished with conservative but stylish heels still conveys the idea of business casual, without compromising professionalism.
Her blouse is modest and sets a professional tone for the office. It does not have a plunging neckline, does not reveal her midriff, and does not contain words, slogans, or pictures that could offend her coworkers. This is a great example of a business casual outfit for women.
Her woman's pants look nice without being too form-fitting, and they aren't too casual like denim, spandex, or sweatpants might be.
She finishes her outfit with a great choice of conservative shoes. In a business casual office, athletic shoes and sneakers, loafers, clogs, leather boat shoes, and dress heels are acceptable. In warm weather, stockings aren't necessary for women.
However, flip-flops, sandals, slippers, or open-toed shoes are not appropriate for women in the business casual workplace. They are more appropriate, though not necessarily very professional, in a workplace with a casual dress code.
Also, if you are a fan of footwear that is flashy and eye-catching, they should be worn on the street—not in the office. Even though the guidelines of a business casual environment can be somewhat lax at times, looking professional and conservative at all times is important.
05What Tops are Business Casual
These outfits are an excellent example of the variety of clothing options that a business casual workplace provides. Tops such as button-downs, sweaters, turtlenecks, and blouses, for example, are suitable for the office. Following the standards of a business casual dress code, this option is not distracting, offensive, or too casual—instead, it's perfectly practical for work.
06Maintaining Professionalism in Business Casual
This image shows an extended array of business casual options. Even though they are wearing casual tops, all of the employees shown in the picture look nice and professional, ready to accomplish the task at hand.
As seen in the image, a business casual dress code offers some freedom for personal taste, as long as professionalism is maintained. For example, both men and women are wearing a variety of sweater tops, dress shirts, and button downs, which are great options for a business casual environment.
This image also shows the tasteful use of accessories. The woman in the purple sweater top is wearing a necklace and earrings that complement her outfit. They are not distracting, and add a subtle touch to her business casual outfit, rather than drawing attention.
In a business casual setting, it is still important to be aware of your jewelry. Both men and women should also make sure that their perfume and cologne is worn with restraint in a business casual environment.
07A Business Casual Sweater
This business casual option for women is simple, but, looks great in a casual environment. This woman's sweater is a great choice because it has a relaxed fit but still looks polished. Her scarf dresses the sweater up a notch.
Even in a business casual setting, clothes should always be clean, seams should always be finished, and of course, clothes that are dirty, torn, or frayed shouldn't be worn to the office. Overall, she looks polished and ready to work.
08Polished But Comfortable Business Casual
This woman looks great in her business casual outfit. Her shirt is pressed and fits well, without revealing her chest or stomach. With her sweater, she maintains a casual look that's just right, and still professional. This business casual option is polished and comfortable, perfect for a business casual workplace.
09Relaxed vs. Business Casual
This is another example of relaxed attire in the office. Although these employees still have a modest and office-appropriate look, they are fulfilling business casual standards and wearing comfortable clothing.
10Professional Female Business Casual
For women, sweaters and casual dresses work well in a business casual workplace. These women look professional but still appear relaxed with a more casual vibe. Belts pull several of the outfits together.
11Dress Shirts and Business Casual
Dress shirts are important in any man's business casual wardrobe. They are versatile as they can be worn with or without a tie, and can be worn under a sweater, suit jacket, or sports jacket.
As long as your dress shirt is pressed, wrinkle-free, and in good condition, it's a perfect look for a business casual environment. A dress shirt paired with khakis or dress pants is always a safe option.
This image is a great reflection of the relative freedom of a business casual wardrobe. Because these employees are maintaining a professional, conservative look, they do have a variety of options. For example, the woman in this image looks nice in a sweater top and camisole that is modest, and still office-appropriate. As you can see in the picture, dress shirts for men are a good option and can be worn with or without a tie.
The three women in this picture demonstrate the range of options women have in a business casual workplace. One woman wears a simple, professional silk blouse with pants. The second woman wears a dress that is appropriate for a business casual environment and could even show up in a more formal business environment with the right accessories.
The third woman wears a dress that is proper for both a business casual environment and for a casual workplace setting.
Images of Employees Wearing Business Casual Dress for Work
The photographs below showcase a variety of options that fulfill the requirements of a business casual dress code for a business casual work environment.
By establishing this dress code, employees are allowed to work comfortably, but a professional image is not sacrificed for comfort. So, it's necessary that business casual clothing still upholds professionalism.
Your attire needs to be suitable for the workplace. It should be clean, unwrinkled, and look professional. Also, business casual clothing should not be too revealing.
It's essential to keep in mind that, just because a workplace allows business casual dress, casual clothing that you might wear to the beach, to exercise, or to run errands, isn't suitable for the workplace. Look through the images below to get a better idea of what is acceptable in a business casual workplace.
These are good examples of a standard business casual wardrobe for women. A simple, button-down shirt that is pressed and tidy is always a staple in a business casual wardrobe. The jackets these women are wearing are appropriate in a business casual environment. This is a standard look for a business casual workplace.