Business Dress codes

by admin |
October 17, 2022
| News

In our last blog we spoke about business formal attire. In this blog we’ll elaborate on the three other dress codes in business: 1) Business Professional 2) Business Casual and 3) Casual.

Business professional attire is a formal dress code common in more traditional workplace settings, such as banking, accounting, government, finance and law firms. Business professional clothing might also be appropriate for job fairs or networking events. Business professional attire means you are wearing generally conservative clothing to portray yourself in a professional manner. Business professional is similar to business formal, but does not necessarily mean you have to break out your best shoes and suit.

Some examples for Business professional attire for men are:

  • Dark-colored or neutral suits
  • Simple ties
  • Light pastel, white, or cream button-down dress shirts

Some examples for Business professional attire for women are:

  • A business suit is a good idea or Oxford-style blouses that are not too low cut. A professional dress that comes to the knee or lower.
  • Shoes with a closed-toed shoe and modest heel
  • Jewelry and makeup should not be distracting

The second dress code ‘Business casual’ is a frequent source of confusion for workers, because it means you do not need to wear a suit. However, it’s still important to look professional with neat jeans and clean shirts or jumpers. This style of dress is also customary for less formal events.

Casual business attire for men:

  • Neat t-shirt, casual collared shirt or jumper
  • Dark denim, chinos or tailored shorts
  • Tasteful sneakers or loafers

Casual business attire for women:

  • Neat t-shirt, jumper or blouse
  • Dark denim jeans, mid-length skirt or shorts
  • Tasteful sneakers or sandals

The third attire ‘Casual’ is probably everybody's favorite because of its comfortness and easy-to-get-ready type of clothing. You might wear casual clothing if you work in an informal office where others wear things like T-shirts, jeans and open-toed shoes. However you should avoid wearing casual dress in meetings with clients and in interviews, even if the office is casual overall.

Casual wear places the emphasis on comfort and personal style, as these are more important for the situation than formalities. However don’t get too comfortable yet with putting an outfit together. A casual dress code may let employees wear jeans every day but still discourages sweatpants. You still need to look professional.

Casual attire for men:

  • Casual pants or jeans
  • Shirt, with or without collar, Sweater or Sweatshirt
  • Casual shoes

Casual attire for women:

  • Casual pants, jeans or casual skirt
  • Blouse, top, or sweater
  • Casual shoes

Even with a casual dress code, some articles of clothing are almost always inappropriate, no matter the workplace, including ripped or shredded clothing, flip-flops, beachwear, and tops that reveal the midriff.

When preparing for a job interview, do your research beforehand on what the dresscode is within the company to get a sense of what level of formality is appropriate. You could look at photos on their social media sites to get a sense of what people wear at the office.

Make sure that the clothes you wear are wrinkle free, fit properly, are comfortable and not too distracting. But more importantly, trust on your judgment and do not overthink too much.


Dr. J. F. Nassylaan #2 Paramaribo, Suriname

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