Monday, February 13, 2017
The Science of Dressing Professionally
My boyfriend recently got an internship at a company called Titan Tire in Bryan, Ohio. The other day, we were discussing what your boss means when they say to dress business casual. Below, is a breakdown of what is appropriate to wear based on what you have been told.
For men, business casual usually means khakis and a polo, or a button-up shirt with no tie. Depending on the company, you might be able to get away with jeans. This is the case at my boyfriend's job. For women, business casual can be anything from slacks and a sweater to a skirt and blouse. The goal is to be professional and still comfortable.
Semi-formal for men would be slacks with a button-up shirt and tie. Women would wear what is referred to as a cocktail dress.
Formal attire for women is always a dress. The safest thing to wear would be a long gown. For men, full suits or tuxedos.
In every circumstance, closed-toe shoes are safe. If you work closely with a factory, you may be taking trips through the machinery and don't want any injuries. Often, a business will inform you if there are any special requirements for your job. For example, my boyfriend is required to have steel-toed shoes at work because they work closely with tires.
In any case, if you are unsure of what to wear, ask employees who have attended the event before. If it is your first day on the job, dress semi-formal for men and a nicer business-casual for women.