What Is Business Casual Attire For Women?

Trying to decipher what business casual attire for women can be a little difficult. Here are some points to keep in mind next time you need to put together a business casual outfit.

It’s easier to list what is not business casual appropriate than what is. Here is what you should avoid when the dress code for women is business casual.
  • No jeans
  • No short dresses
  • No tops or dresses with a plunging neckline
  • No sandals / flip flops
  • No baggy clothes
  • No super tight clothes
  • No sundresses
  • No sequins
  • Nothing that looks like you’re hanging out with friends, going to a picnic, going to a party or going on a date.
  • This “what not to wear” is not a comprehensive list, but it does give some key points on what you should not wear.

When you find out you’re headed to a business conference, there are a few things that come to mind!

“Yay, I get to travel! I hope I have time to sightsee.”

“Hmmm, what should I wear to the conference?”

Depending on where the conference is, the weather and the industry that you’re in will determine the type of outfits you should wear to the conference.

Let’s use the conference I went to as an example. I live in California, and the conference was in Boston. The conference was a week-long and lasted all day. Industry business owners and professionals from all of the world went to this conference, so I knew I was going to be meeting a lot of people. The conference was in September, so I knew it wasn’t going to be too hot or too cold.

From these points, I realized that business casual was the best way to go.

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When it came time to pack for this conference, I knew I didn’t want to pack a lot of clothes. I wanted to take items that I would be able to mix and match to create a variety of outfits.

So to create five different business casual outfits for this conference these are the items I took with me:
  • Black Trousers
  • Tan Trousers
  • Black Cardigan
  • Black Flats
  • Navy Heels
  • Large Tote
  • Dress
  • Polka Dot Top
  • Navy Blouse
  • Burgundy Blouse

These ten pieces made up the week of outfits I needed. It might not seem like a lot of clothes, but the key is finding pieces that you can mix and match.

I opted for darker hues as it was almost Fall, and they are easier to mix and match. A lot of the items I packed were neutrals so to add some personality I added a fun polka dot top and a patterned dress.

The outfit I’m wearing in this post is the complete outfit I wore at the conference. Check out How to Dress Professionally, Feel Confident and Look Stylish to view the first business casual outfit.

I hope this post has helped you a little in figuring out what business casual attire for women is.

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