How to do Business Casual

It can be hard to know how to dress for professional settings. You don’t want to be too formal, but also not too relaxed. Thankfully business casual is becoming a dependable style for the office. Here’s how to do it!

Dark, muted colours are characteristic for business casual. You often see shades of grey, brown, beige, black, and navy. Remember to never mix more than three colours in the same outfit. If you want to achieve an even more elegant look, try wearing only one colour.

The casual silhouette is characterised by straight lines and multiple layers, without being constricting and loosing that sense of freedom. A mix of classic and off-duty style.

A tell-tale sign for business casual is to dress down formal garments, like blazers and dress shirts, by pairing them with jeans, khakis or cardigans. Women can even dress up a long-sleeved t-shirt or blouse with a nice jacket. This gives the look a more relaxed feel.

Accessories are also a big part of setting the style. Men can choose to dress down a shirt with a cardigan, but leave the tie or bow tie for a professional touch. Women can perfect the look with simple accessories and a pair of heels.

For men, it’s best to choose a well-groomed look with a trimmed beard or shaved face. Regardless of hairstyle, a little love goes a long way. You don’t have to use tons of styling products, just focus on clean and combed hair. A nice fragrance, that’s not overpowering your presence, is also a must.

For women, it’s all about getting the basics right. Flawless foundation, a little bit of blusher and a great mascara are key for all business women. Then you can add a little flair with a great lipstick or eyeshadow if you want. Finish your look with a fragrance that shows you’re in charge!

Words by: Photographs by: Oriflame