How to Dress up I: Business Attire

For different occasions, we have to choose various outfits for different purposes. When it was a job interview, we will not pick up a casual jeans or flip-flops. When it was a date, we might prefer to be attractive but not too much. When it was clubbing, we definitely want something comfy to dance or play around with. When it was sports time, we will not miss T-shirts with leggings. And when it comes to the most important situation, the office, we should wear properly so that it is appropriate and fits the vibe at the same time.

What is business attire
Business attire refers to the clothing employees wear to work or for some business purpose, and it varies from company to company and from job to job. Business attire is the wardrobe suitable for the workplace, and the dress code can be classified into men’s and women’s.
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How to find a proper business attire
Every company has specific requirements for dress and working schedule, which can be found on employees’ handbooks or from the human resources department. When you started a new job in a new company, the first thing is to getting used to the rules and surroundings of your company so that you can fit into the work environment as soon as possible. For workplace dressing code, we have business formal, business professional, business casual, and casual to select for different times.
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Business formal
If you are in a group that needs business formal, here are some tips to pay attention to:
Men:
Formal suit, tie, and business shirt with neutral color like black, gray, or navy
Upscale sports jacket, dress pants
Leather dress shoes
Conservative leather accessories such as briefcase or portfolio
Watches
Women:
Skirt suit in neutral color, such as black, navy, or brown
Pantsuit
Formal business blouse or top
Stockings
Closed-toe leather shoes
Conservative business accessories such as briefcase or a leather folder for pads of paper
Subtle jewelry, makeup, and perfume

Business Professional
A step down from business formal, business professional looks still neat, conservative, and traditional. The color and pattern might be a little bit more loose.
Men:
Sports jacket with a tie, dress pants, and button-down or traditional business shirt or nice turtleneck
Dress shoes
Accessories as listed in traditional attire
Women:
Jacket or dress sweater
Dress pants or skirts
Blouse, shirt, top or turtleneck
Hose
Dress shoes
Accessories as listed in traditional business attire

Business casual
Business casual features a more common dress code in North America, allowing employees to have free choice for workwear while looking professional at the same time. In terms of business casual, the ways of color and accessories have more room to show up.
Men:
Khakis or dress pants
Shirts with collars or golf or polo shirts
Sweaters
Vests
Occasionally an informal jacket and tie
Attractive leather shoes and accessories
Women:
Nice pants or skirts
Blouse, top, or sweater
Vests
Occasionally an informal jacket
Attractive leather shoes and accessories

Casual
In the event of working in a casual office, what should keep in mind is not to be too casual or creative with your dress. You are what you wear. Your coworkers might judge your skills based on your clothing and which might also affect the images of the employers. Coming up to the office in a casual but neat, pressed, appropriate clothes, you will both enjoy fashion and work.

Men:
Casual pants
Jeans
Shirts, with or without collar
Sweater
Casual shoes
Women:
Casual pants
Jeans
Casual skirts
Blouse, top, or sweater
Vests
Sweatshirts
Casual shoes
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Although the causal dress sounds casual it should not look too casual at work. Remember business attires deliver your professionalism and capability to your colleagues, clients, and managers. No need to act like you have put too much focus on your appearance, but a little bit of decent and proper dress will show your performance and dedication.

Pandemic has swiped every corner of the world, for more than a year since 2020, companies around the globe have been working from home for around one year. And the working place has shifted from the office to home office. In the second half-year of 2021, employees across the world are getting back to the office again. And the attire of working will be changed from flip-flops, T-shirts, leggings, Zoom shirts, or half-naked into more or less formal attire.

It is fresh to be back to the office and back to see those lovely faces again, but with clothes on for sure. The most formal dress code in working place is business formal which usually matches with lawyers, real estate, or employees with high-position. The second pick is business professional, which fits some corporations with more or less dressing requirements. The third one goes to business causal that is popular in North America and is common among companies. The last one is casual that sounds like for people working in the art industry, designers, directors, writers, producers, etc.
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