Business casual is the type of attire many organizations permit and encourage their employees to wear in the workplace. It is never the clothing to wear for interview, however.
Some organizations consider khaki pants and short-sleeved polo shirts as business casual. Others define business casual as slacks or skirts and long-sleeved shirts.
Because the term is defined by geographic region, industry, and individual companies, the best way to determine a company's standard is to conduct research or ask a company's representative. As always, when in doubt, dress conservatively and lean more toward the business side rather the casual side.
Here are some general rules that apply:
1. In the business world jeans, tennis shoes, tight or short skirts, t-shirts and sweatshirts are never considered business casual.
2. Business casual does not apply to grooming standards. Your appearance should remain neat and respectable. This includes nicely pressed clothing, polished shoes, and conservative accessories.
3. Business casual means that men are not expected to wear ties. Business or sports jackets are appropriate with stylish, solid colored pants. Long-sleeved solid or striped shirts, socks and matching belt and shoes are part of the attire.
4. Women may wear a business skirt or pants with a conservative blouse or sweater. They may wear a blazer or vest too. Flat or low heels are acceptable, with neutral hosiery. The belt, scarf and other accessories should remain understated.