The first step to addressing business casual for men is to get an idea as to what it means to your company. If you can get a good look at what people are wearing within the company you can probably get a good idea of what their standard for business casual is. If for some reason you can’t get a good look or you haven’t had your first day at it’s always okay to ask the human resources department for some guidelines on what he business casual means to your company.
If you really want to go places in your company it is important that your idea of casual is far more perfected the most of the other people. Just because it says business casual doesn’t mean you can wear dumpy old khaki pants and a stained polo shirt to work. Dress for success, does not mean dress for success unless we say “business casual”. You should put just as much effort into a casual outfit as you doing to your formal one. You want to fit in with your company but you still want to stand out as someone who is sharp, intelligent and well put together.
Another great piece of advice is to really think through your day before you dress business casual. Make sure that that day you do not have any important meetings, interviews or sales calls that require you to be dress more formally as these would always take precedence over your company’s dress policy.
Make sure that your outfit communicates professionalism even though you’re dressing business casual. If possible I would avoid polo shirts and wear clean pressed but not collared shirts instead. If you have a little extra money a great shirt for both business formal and casual, is a high quality, designer, wrinkle free dress shirt like those offered at Brooks Brothers. The great thing about the Brooks Brothers line of wrinkle free shirts, is that they look outstanding with a tie or without. And because you are investing in a shirt that works great for both situations you can certainly spend a little bit more money on it because naturally you’re getting double duty from it.
If your company allows you to wear jeans make sure your jeans are not worn with holes were too faded. Tuck your dress shirt into your jeans and wear with loafers and a sports coat.
Always make sure your shoes and belt match, don’t be that guy is wearing a brown belt and black shoes or vice versa. In my opinion don’t ever wear sneakers to work.
For gods sake think twice before wearing khakis. When it comes to dressing for work somehow most men got a memo that they can wear some dockers khakis and bad shoes. If you really want to look great in your company and you don’t have good dress pants, wear suit pants without the suit jacket and tie. Just because it’s business casual doesn’t mean it’s not business. By dressing sharp you convey to your employer that you are there to work not socialize, and you’ll be far better off when promotions are handed out.