First, I would like to apologize for the lapse in my blog posts; however, it was all for good reason! Recently, I moved to Atlanta, GA, for a new job!!! That’s right, I packed my bags after living in Louisiana for three years due to law school and headed to Atlanta to continue my dream of pursing a career in law! It’s truly exciting to be in a new place, meeting new people, and experiencing new beginnings!
Now, let’s get back to business! Here’s my outfit from my first day. It’s definitely taken an adjustment getting used to the weather here, in Atlanta…talk about Brrrrr!!!!
I work in a business casual environment, so the dress code is a little more laxed than business professional. However, still be cognizant of your work environment.
It’s Fall season so I layered a grey vest I purchased from Forever 21 with a pair of grey slacks from Macys, a sheer ruffle top and a grey jacket that I got a steal from, ROSS…yes I said ROSS! For only $12 bucks! Sometimes you find the best bargains in Ross. Caution: MUST HAVE PATIENCE! LOL.
There’s a thin line between business professional and business casual. Business professional is appropriate during the interview process. Men should stick to dark suits and ties and ladies may choose to either wear a pant suit or dress suit. Note:Ladies remember, if you wear a dress suit, don’t forget the stockings! Once you’ve landed the job, depending on the environment, business causal may be suitable for the workplace!
Business casual was implemented in the work force to create a comfortable workplace for the employee. One thing to note, although business casual is more lax than business professional, it does not mean that anything goes.
MEN – In the past, business casual for men were khakis with polos or button down shirts and/or pants that were not tailored to the man’s physique. Today’s business casual man is more sophisticated and hip. Take a look at GQ’s issue on “The New Business Casual for more tips on hot trends for men’s business casual” at http://www.gq.com/style/wear-it-now/201009/new-business-casual-september-gq-style. GQ has some amazing options for you fly guys out there!
LADIES – Ladies, ladies, ladies unfortunately, for us, business casual looks can become a bit tricky so BEWARE of any fashion faux pas! You’re still in a professional environment which means no outfits that will be frowned upon by your employer. The website, http://www.TLC.howstuffworks.com says, “keep it covered, neutral, and classic.” If you have a bold and edgy style, why not add some color for fabulousity! Dresses and skirts should be at or below the knee and no, I MEAN NO low tops that show your cleavage…leave that for after 5! There are tons of tops to choose from, so have fun with them! Remember: Always keep a blazer either in your car or at the office, you never know when you’ll have a last-minute meeting. We have lots of freedom with our shoes. Just make sure to stay far far away from the flip-flops!
Business casual look created by Law Chic Style – The perfect look if you have plans afterwork