Beware of Business Casual. Nicole Crimaldi of Professional Development Blog MsCareerGirl.com Gives You the Looks NOT to Follow

by Rachel Yeomans | December 14th, 2009   

By Nicole Crimaldi

Business Casual. What the heck does that mean?

Apparently it means something different to everyone.

Do you know any of the people below? If so, make sure not to emulate their wardrobe choices in a business casual environment!

Rory Beware of Business Casual. Nicole Crimaldi of Professional Development Blog MsCareerGirl.com Gives You the Looks NOT to Follow

Rory, The Recent Graduate. Rory forgot that she’s at the office, not at a college class. She may show up to work wearing flip-flops, Capri pants and a cotton t-shirt. Even though her clothes might be from Banana Republic, they are still way too casual for Corporate America- even if the dress code is business casual.

Catsha Beware of Business Casual. Nicole Crimaldi of Professional Development Blog MsCareerGirl.com Gives You the Looks NOT to Follow

Catsha, The Creative. Catsha is an artist at heart. She loves interpretive fashion and wearing her clothes as art. She may wear torn clothes. She likes flannel, scarves, flowy hippy skirts and comfortable fabrics. She has an awesome sense of style but she may leave the “business” out of “business casual.” Although projecting your personal style is encouraged, a tiny bit of conformity (ok, boringness!) is required in order to be taken seriously at work.

Sarah Beware of Business Casual. Nicole Crimaldi of Professional Development Blog MsCareerGirl.com Gives You the Looks NOT to Follow

Sarah, The Socialite. Sarah loves staying on top of the latest fashion trends and going out with her friends. In fact, she often forgets to differentiate between what she wears out on a Saturday night and what she wears to the office. Yes, recent grads (it sucks) but you now need two different wardrobes. Don’t wear tiny skirts, low cut tops, tight pants with your “whale tail” hanging out, or overly trendy accessories. No need to wear 5 inch heels or hot pink patent leather to work either. Sorry. Also, you may also want to consider keeping your tattoos to yourself, wearing nylons, and avoiding open toed shoes, depending on your workplace.

Frannie Beware of Business Casual. Nicole Crimaldi of Professional Development Blog MsCareerGirl.com Gives You the Looks NOT to Follow

Frannie, The Frump. Dear Frannie, I love you but please pick up a recent issue of InStyle and UsWeekly before you head home from work today. Beware of baggy outdated suits that are temptingly cheap at TJ Maxx, wearing too-white shimmery nylons, and wearing clothes that are too baggy for you. Consider visiting your local tailor to modernize this look. An updated hairstyle and walking shoe is also recommended.
What is your favorite business casual look? What do you think are “DO’s and DON’Ts” when it comes to business casual?

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Nicole Crimaldi is the founder of mscareergirl.com, a personal and professional development blog for ambitious young professional women. Nicole works in Finance in Chicago.

17 comments
gcicero
gcicero

haha i like this,

all full of truth, but presented really cutely

i guess i needed the "too white shimmery nylons" bit today; since i got a tan I just noticed today that I need to invest in some more hosiery

Executive Suites New York City
Executive Suites New York City

I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.

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Wow just found this page really by mistake looking for something else. You have a nice blog and some interesting information, will check back soon.

Rachel
Rachel

Jessica, Crocs? REALLY?! That just sent shivers up my spine. d, yes Sarah the Socialite is darn cute - I think we all find ourselves at times wondering just what we can get away with at the office for sake of fashion. Alas, I think we also all know that it's best to be safe versus sorry. We can save those cute ensembles for after hours! ;) Diana & IdStyle, I spoke with our fantastic guest blogger Nicole and she said she'd be more than happy to write a follow-up to this detailing the DO list for the office. Stay tuned!

Rachel
Rachel

Jessica, Crocs? REALLY?! That just sent shivers up my spine. d, yes Sarah the Socialite is darn cute - I think we all find ourselves at times wondering just what we can get away with at the office for sake of fashion. Alas, I think we also all know that it's best to be safe versus sorry. We can save those cute ensembles for after hours! ;) Diana & IdStyle, I spoke with our fantastic guest blogger Nicole and she said she'd be more than happy to write a follow-up to this detailing the DO list for the office. Stay tuned!

IdStyle
IdStyle

I agree with Diana, I'd love to see a DO list. Maybe because I don't work in an office environemt, but after the don'ts list I am wondering what is considered office appropriate casual wear??? looking forward to another post...

IdStyle
IdStyle

I agree with Diana, I'd love to see a DO list. Maybe because I don't work in an office environemt, but after the don'ts list I am wondering what is considered office appropriate casual wear??? looking forward to another post...

Serena from Style on a String
Serena from Style on a String

Could not have said it better!!

I hate it when people say: but I can be stylish at work too!

When in fact.. you can't. No matter what industry you work in, looking like a hooker or a frump is not acceptable.
.-= Serena from Style on a String´s last blog ..Getting down to the wire: Gifts for the Stylish Geek who is kind of Girly too =-.

Serena from Style on a String
Serena from Style on a String

Could not have said it better!!

I hate it when people say: but I can be stylish at work too!

When in fact.. you can't. No matter what industry you work in, looking like a hooker or a frump is not acceptable.
.-= Serena from Style on a String´s last blog ..Getting down to the wire: Gifts for the Stylish Geek who is kind of Girly too =-.

Jessica
Jessica

You hit this on the nose! One of my former coworkers would constantly wear Crocs to work. Sigh.
.-= Jessica´s last blog ..Light as a Feather =-.

Jessica
Jessica

You hit this on the nose! One of my former coworkers would constantly wear Crocs to work. Sigh.
.-= Jessica´s last blog ..Light as a Feather =-.

d
d

Nice article, and although not office appropriate I do like Sarah The Socialite's outift
.-= d´s last blog ..Fashion Spotlight: Birkenhead Point =-.

d
d

Nice article, and although not office appropriate I do like Sarah The Socialite's outift
.-= d´s last blog ..Fashion Spotlight: Birkenhead Point =-.

Diana
Diana

Nice, but what about the Do's? An article just about Dont's seems incomplete.

Diana
Diana

Nice, but what about the Do's? An article just about Dont's seems incomplete.

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