Does your workplace have a casual dress code?
I guess, it probably depends on the industry you are working in.
For instance, in the tech industry where I worked, the open and relaxed culture is so predominant that its common to see people dressing down everyday.
Among the men, jeans, tees and sneakers are the staple wear and sometimes the guys even come to work in their bermuda shorts and flip-flops! For the women, they fare slightly better with their casual dresses, jeans, tees, sneakers, sandals etc.
Other industries might adhere to a formal working dress code from Mondays to Thursdays, follow by smart casual Fridays.
Personally, I don’t think that a totally casual look is appropriate for the workplace. I think a smart casual dress code works best in most work environment, even if its worn on a daily basis.
Granted, the most casual things I’ve worn to the office are the occasional thong sandals and shorts, but I will only wear my most pretty sandals with blings on it and never my havianas slippers! Wearing sneakers to work is a rarity for me.
As for the shorts, I only wore the ‘dressy’ ones to work, never those in jeans material as those are way too casual. I will also match my shorts with heels or covered flat shoes to make it look more stylish.
The thing is, it’s not just about the casual, you have to look smart in it too.
There are so many ways you can dress creatively in an informal way and still look smart and stylish, instead of looking sloppy or wearing the boring same stuff you will wear on the weekends and to the supermarket.
Here’s a collage that I made with Polyvore for some fun and color inspiration for those smart casual days at the office.
And one for the men too (secretly hoping that the men in tech will make some effort to dress up a little more!)
Here’s a blue theme capsule that I wore recently.
Blue chiffon blouse with straight cut jeans, navy blue satin sash belt, black shoulder bag, multi-color stone necklace, midi rings, and my favourite foldable blue covered shoes.
So, what’s your favourite smart casual or ‘dress down’ item for the workplace? Love to hear your comments below! 🙂