By: Madison Jane Williams, GWWIB Member
Working in a casual office environment allows for more creative dressing and self-expression, which can be much more fun than business professional dressing. But it can also create the new problem: how to be professional and casual at the same time. Here are some guidelines to help you be casual, stylish, and business-ready.
Keep it Clean
Literally. It’s seems like a no-brainer, but walking around with stains or wrinkles in your shirt isn’t the best way to seem like a capable employee. The same goes for ripped or distressed clothes, although this rule could be bent in some cases, like wearing intentionally distressed jeans in a fashion related industry. For the most part, keeping your clothes freshly laundered and crisp can boost your professionalism without sacrificing personality.
Without the constraints of a required suit or somber shift dress, the options of what to wear are endless. If you want to make the most of this relaxed atmosphere, but aren’t sure how to go about it, try introducing a classic piece with a fun or funky print into your work wardrobe. Or, you can play with bold colors and trends that might not fly in a business professional office.
In any office environment, you will perform better and have better interactions with your coworkers if you’re confident and comfortable. For many, this means wearing more modest clothes, which can have the added benefit of keeping you warm in an under-heated or over-air conditioned office. For others, it means wearing your favorite pair of skinny jeans to work. The beautiful thing about a casual office environment is that you can wear a polished version of whatever you’d wear normally on the weekend.
What are your favorite business casual trends? Share your casual (but professional!) dressing tips in the comments below to help out the GWWIB community.