3 Ways to Navigate Business Casual

Are you wondering the same thing? Is it a blazer, blouse & jeans...is it a blouse & a skirt...is it a pair of khakis & a polo?

Honestly, it could be all the above. Confusing, right? 

Many companies have established a "business casual" dress code with out truly outlining what that means...especially for women!

I'm sure they set this with good intentions that it will help but really, it creates even more stress, without having more clear guidelines.

This topic comes up over & over again. While there is not just one answer, there are a few things you can do to find more alignment and ease.

First, observe company culture.

What are the values of your company? Is there a general vibe? What are your leaders wearing? Your peers? Taking that into consideration...think about how would you like to show up. 

Find balance & harmony.

While it is important to connect with the company culture, you also want to be in alignment with who you are & your values. How can you stay within work guidelines and also show more of your personality in your wardrobe? Do you need to integrate more color into your selection of blouses? Or get creative with your shoe option? Whatever it is, you don't want to feel like the person you are that shows up for work is completely different. You will likely feel stifled & uncomfortable. 

Determine what you want to say.

By now, you've likely heard the phrase, "Dress for the job you want, not the one you currently have." This simply means, consider who & what you want to attract when you get dressed in the morning. Are you looking to take on a leadership role? Dress in a way that makes you feel like a leader. And note, this does not necessarily mean a suit. Think about what makes you feel powerful? Confident? Decide what that is and wear it!

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