When I use the term business casual, I use it very loosely. My business casual is super casual. I know it can be interpreted so many different ways. Does it include jeans? Does it not? For guys is it just a tie with no suit jacket, or just a polo shirt and no tie? Is it business casual every day or just Fridays?
I know…who knew there was so much to think about. Crazy. For me, since I run my own business and am my own boss, I can interpret “business casual” however I like. Although some days when I am scooping the custard and waiting on customers I am wearing jeans and my Chuck Taylors, I do have meetings and whatnot that I have to actually look presentable for.
In my mind, because I consider my line of business to be pretty laid back and (for lack of a better word), casual, I don’t go overboard for my meetings. Plus, they are typically with other local business owners that I may be collaborating with, or people that I do my advertising and marketing with. To me, its not as though I am a financial advisor or something of the sorts that I think require a suit and tie.
Now that you have heard my thoughts on business casual (which I am sure makes you feel so much better), here is what I would typically wear to a quick meeting…
This dress can be worn a few different ways, but for this day in particular I thought the wedges dressed it up a bit. The dress is light enough so you can even throw a blazer on over it to make it look a little bit more professional if you like (along with a cute pair of pumps too).
Overall, this dress was definitely comfortable. I maybe could have gone a size smaller, but with the way I am built now, I am not super duper comfortable with wearing a dress (a short dress, really) that is tight. This provided just enough room for comfort!
Dress: Old Navy
Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Bracelets: Stella and Dot
Another business casual option if you aren’t into how I am wearing it is this (similar to the alternative I described above)…..
So there you have it, ladies! Business casual! Interpret as you wish, but just be sure if you do work in an office there aren’t any specific rules on what can and cannot be worn! I wouldn’t want to get you in trouble!