What is "business casual"?
The trouble with dress codes is usually even the people suggesting one don’t know what the code is
So you could comply with what they ask for …. and find thats not what they had in mind at all
“casual” in particular is often misunderstood as in the dress code hierarchy the ‘casual’ is relating to not just work attire but state-occation shiny buttons and hats with feathers formal. Even in that diagram with tux, cumabund (sp) and bow tie you’re only semi-formal. So even ‘smart casual’ is a code for occasions that most of us would never find ourselves in. The smartest clothes most people own – that they’d wear for a wedding, a job interview or a court appearance – is still classed as ‘Informal’
There was long thread on here where someone had been invited to a party that was ‘Smart Casual’ and no-one could agree for the OP what that was. People take it to mean ‘wear something clean that doesn’t have holes in’ but its a very specific code and much smarter and much more formal than most people realise.Posted 5 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Today my Freedom Dress* comprises jeans, jumper, converse. Am a
*Rather insane name for “dress down”. It does create some interesting combinations – can have suited up IT people, with senior directors in jeans and t-shirt. Completely throws suppliers who all arrive in quits without ties**.
**double twattery dress code.Posted 5 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
If West Coast US, that would be about right as long as your beach shorts were very faded and ripped…..
I’m on the West Coast at the moment. Some dreadful tailoring in evidence when people do wear suits! 🙂 Conferences over here tend to be chinos/smart trews and a proper shirt. No trainers, no tie.
Kit, you mention Japan. Is it in Osaka by any chance? 🙂Posted 5 years agoigrfMember
tonyg2003 – Member
business casual – pretty much suit without tie or chinos, smart shoes and shirt.
Don’t do as the Germans do. Jeans and jacket…..aaaahhh!
If you’re in a business that has to mention business casual then it means no tie, that’s about it, in our game where T’s Hoodies, Shorts are the norm they might say smart casual if they hold a meeting in some nobby golf club which then means we have to wear either a shirt usually check with our walk shorts or a polo and maybe actually have to have something on our feet.Posted 5 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
If you’re in a business that has to mention business casual then it means no tie, that’s about it
Business casual is actually pretty casual – not to the point of denim or trainers – but not a lot dressier than that – chinos, short sleeves, polo shirts, patterns all fine. Business Casual is only work wear. Smart Casual is dressier – its for party/social occasions, neater and more showy than work, chinos wouldn’t cut it there.Posted 5 years agohmanchesterMember
Trousers, shoes and collar so polos, chinos, etc are acceptable.
But they look very average! Suit, no jacket for me. So essentially smart wool trews, matching shoes, good shirt.
We have this where I work and you have the polo shirt brigade who push the (well it’s got a a collar so it fits the rules) and then you have the people who are taken seriously brigade. The slightly smarter end of the range is the place to occupy for me.Posted 5 years agouser-removedMember
Linen shirt to deal with HK humidity, lightweight ‘tweedy’ jacket, lightweight dark brown / charcoal jeans (from M&S or similar) and leather boots.
Or Speedos and bow-tie.
EDIT: oh, and seriously, baggy boxers if you don’t want to come home with crotch rot. That is all.Posted 5 years agodallas95Subscriber
Business casual on Charles Thyrwitt.
Doesn’t look like polos are gonna work.Posted 5 years ago
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