The Smart Casual Business Rules

If you buy vintage clothes then you should make sure you know what you are looking for when you pull together your business casual wardrobe.

Increasing numbers of businesses are implementing this dress code, but what that actually means can be confusing.

Follow these rules to make sure you don’t make a business casual fashion faux pas.

Keep covered up

Dressing modestly is easy if you have a few vintage pieces in your wardrobe. Think not to high, not too low here. Hem lines need to be modest but flattering. Necklines similarly need to keep you covered. Sleeveless can work in summer, but err on the side of long sleeves, again it is smarter and makes most body shapes look better.

Classics are best

Though you don’t need to wear a suit you should still wear classic pieces. Timeless vintage pieces are great to have in the wardrobe. As business casual allows a little more leeway on what you can wear, consider more striking cuts. High-waisted 50s style trousers and pussy bow blouses are great.

Neutral colours

Neutral colours are always more flattering, and it is easy to find vintage clothes in sombre colours. Stick with greys, blues, greens and taupe. These can be picked up with a pair of brighter accessories such as jewellery, scarves and shoes. A striking pair of vintage heels may brighten up an outfit, and lower heels are generally a bit more comfortable to wear all day.

Read more about the business casual rules on the Dummies website.

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