Decoding Dress Codes

Is your company’s dress code confusing? What exactly does business casual or semi-formal mean anyway? Follow the chart to help you dress for any occasion.
Note: Be sure to check  your company’s dress code policy. If you are a business owner or sole proprietor, dress to match the formality level of your clients. For example, if your clients are wearing two piece suits, then you should do the same.

Dress Codes for Women 

Corporate

Corporate Dress Code Guidelines

  • Work
  • 2 Piece Dark Suit in a classic cut and minimal pattern
  • Shirt is White or pastel
  • Shoes are classic leather pumps or kitten heels
  • Sheer or neutral hose
  • Simple gold or silver jewelry
  • Hair is worn above the shoulders
  • Makeup is neutral and classic
  • Clear or nude nail polish
  • Neutral colored eye glass frames
  • Look is classic, simple and conservative

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Business

  • Work, Funeral, Ceremony
  • Blazer and dress pants or skirt (Doesn’t have to match). Can be wide range of colors and styles.
  • Shirt may have print and color.
  • Shoes are classic leather pumps or kitten heels in a neutral or classy color
  • Sheer or neutral hose (not required)
  • Simple gold or silver jewelry, but may have a little more personality
  • Hair is worn natural, but neat
  • Makeup is neutral and classic
  • Conservative nail polish
  • Conservative colored eye glass frames
  • Look is approachable, reliable, trustworthy

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Business Casual

  • Work, Funeral, Ceremony
  • Blazer or cardigan paired with a dress pant or skirt (Doesn’t have to match). Can be wide range of colors and styles. Jeans may be appropriate depending on the company or clientele
  • Shirt may have print and color.
  • Shoes are classic leather pumps or kitten heels in a neutral or classy color
  • Sheer or neutral hose (not required)
  • Jewelry may have more personality, but don’t over do it
  • Hair is worn natural, but neat
  • Makeup is neutral
  • Colored nail polish is fine
  • Colored eye glass frames
  • Look is friendly and creative

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Smart Casual Day

  • Shopping, BBQ, Daytime Activities
  • Blazer, cardigan or vest is optional. Wide array of dresses and bottoms.
  • Wide array of tops
  • Shoes of any kind
  • Hose not required unless for a trend
  • Any accessories that fit your personality
  • Hair is worn to express your style
  • Makeup as you like it
  • Nail polish as you like it
  • Colored eye glass frames
  • Look is relaxed and expresses your individuality

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Smart Casual Night

  • Girls Night Out, Party, Date Night
  • Blazer, cardigan or vest is optional. Wide array of dresses and bottoms.
  • Wide array of tops
  • Shoes of any kind but preferably trendy heels
  • Hose not required unless for a trend
  • Any accessories that fit your personality
  • Hair is worn to express your style
  • Makeup as you like it
  • Nail polish as you like it
  • Colored eye glass frames
  • Look is relaxed and expresses your individuality

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Semi-Formal

  • Small Wedding, Party, Special Event
  • Two piece suit or cocktail dress depending on style
  • Wide array of blouses made of silk or satin
  • Shoes are shiny, glittery and dressy
  • Hose is optional
  • Any dazzling, glittery or gaudy accessories that fit your personality
  • Hair is styled (flat ironed, curled, sleek etc.)
  • Makeup is more formal or dramatic
  • Nail polish as you like it
  • Colored eye glass frames
  • Look is dressy and sensual

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Formal

  • Wedding, Gala, Special Event
  • Long gown
  • Shoes are shiny, glittery and dressy
  • Hose is optional
  • Any dazzling, glittery or gaudy accessories that fit your personality
  • Hair is styled (flat ironed, curled, sleek etc.)
  • Makeup is more formal or dramatic
  • Nail polish as you like it
  • Colored or embellished eye glass frames
  • Look is elegant and sensual

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