Many businesses and companies have adopted a “business casual” dress code for men and women so that their employees can feel comfortable at work; however, at the same time companies want their employees to look professional for customers, potential employees and those in the community who visit and are seeking information. No all casual clothes are suitable for the workplace and that is why there are certain guidelines that help the employee to look comfortable and professional.
Here are some guidelines that will help men when they are seeking a “business casual” look at work:
For business casual, ties are not necessary but if in doubt, check with the manager of your business. When wearing shirts, wear a longer sleeved shirt. A longer sleeved shirt looks better than a short one—even in the summer. The colors that look good on a man when wearing a casual look are light blue or white. Sometimes a Polo shirt is acceptable, as long as it is tucked in and pressed. Bright colors or stripes are not advised because they focus too much on the employee and not on the company.
Men should wear darker shades of socks and always a mid calf length to ensure that skin does not show when sitting down. Shoes should be leather instead of athletic or hiking boots. Most importantly, the overall look of a men’s casual business attire should be uniform, neat, clean and color co coordinated.
Facial hair should be groomed well and if your company is conservative, you may want to rethink facial hair. Wearing a good looking but modest watch is also advised. You don’t want the customer or other employees to think that you have a lot of money. Impressions on others are important and can sometimes make or break a deal. Colognes, if worn, should be of a mild scent and not strong. Customers or employees might be turned off if the scent is too strong.
If you carry your cell phone with you everywhere you go, that is fine but don’t allow your cell phone to become the focus of your presentation or allow it to interfere when talking with a customer or other employee. No one likes to feel left out or feel unimportant when another person is on the cell phone. If you feel that your conversation on your cell phone is going to be a lengthy one, ask the caller to call back at another time.
Be sure that your clothes fit well. You don’t want your clothes to sag or look loose. This gives a careless look a look you don t want in a workplace environment. In addition, be sure that the length of your trousers are at a length where they just touch your shoes. The cuff off your trousers should end on top of your shoes. Your waistband should be right above your hips and around your waist. Also, your clothes should not be too tight so that you feel and look uncomfortable in your clothes. Also, stay away from clothes that look cheap.