Business Casual | What to Wear to Work

October 12, 2012
Alpha starts with a story about business casual. If it were true, it would be an amazing tale of an incredible fashion significance. It all starts with the 1982 Docker khaki and the tactic for selling these khaki pants. A mass memo about business casual was passed around to all white collar workers encouraging men to toss the tie and lose the suit. Business casual was born.

In reality, the corporate casual dress lines have been blurred. What does HR mean by Business Casual? In the US 43% people wear business casual. Only 9% of us actually wear a suit these days! So, what constitutes business casual: collar shirt (polo or button-up), cotton pants, and a belt.

Business Casual Level 1

The pant selection for BCL1 is cotton khaki pants or chinos. They are the most casual of pant but all aren’t created equal. Go for flat front with lower rise and high thread count.  Standard button-up (fitted) or polo shirt such as Tasso Elba are choices. You are not going to wear sneakers, not even leather fancy sneakers. Cole Hans are make you look like style maven! A structured driving moc, double monk strap, or cap toes are options too. Alpha displays examples of BCL1 options.

Business Casual Level 2

Your pant options are elevated to slacks or dress pants. You will look put together with the fitted shirt (leave the polo for the weekend). Step it up with the shoes with the professional and dressier options. Alpha displays examples of BCL2.

Business Casual Level 3

You are adding your own style and panache with accessories. You can use light-weight sweater vests, sweaters, sport coats, vests, and more! Make sure your collar stays tucked in. Take BCL2 and add your unique spin. You take corporate casual with added flair. Alpha displays examples of BCL3.

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