When dressing up for a business casual occasion it is important to follow a particular dress code and make sure that the attire you wear is not out of bounds. While the occasion may be termed ‘casual’ wearing jumpsuits and overalls is not a part of the deal. Even during business casual occasions, a woman’s attire must be restricted to skirts/pants, shirts/blouses, heeled shoes and minimal accessorize. In the whole scenario, as one can clearly point out, the skirt/blouse has to be the deciding factor of the rest of the outfit and also the accessories that would go along with it.
- The first thing to consider when choosing a blouse for a business casual occasion is the fabric of the blouse. If the fabric used is synthetic and would cling too close to the body, there may be objections to the blouse being worn to such an occasion. Also, a very eye-catching shine on the fabric because of satin or silk can be avoided. Instead polyester or cotton blouses should be picked which have a straight fit and a crisp finish in the material when it has been ironed well. These blouses look smart and give character to the wearer.
- The second thing that you must consider, when considering which blouse to wear for a business casual occasion, is the color. Wearing very bright colors or even too dark colors is not preferable. Instead, the colors you choose should be neutral and pastel. Colors like cream, white, beige and ice blue work well for suck occasions. In terms of dark colors, you could choose blacks or navy blue but they may take you from business casual attire to business formals. One of the most suitable colors for these meetings is a subtle steel grey. These classy and sophisticated colors have a special charm to them.
- The next deciding factor for choosing the correct blouse for a business casual occasion would be the print. You could go for a thin stripped print if you are not going to wear a jacket or coat with the blouse; however a plain blouse is most suitable. Also, be sure to avoid floral prints and designs which have big blotches because they make the outfit look less formal and can also be disturbing to the eyes. The attire you wear has to be soft on the eyes of the people you meet through the evening.
- When looking for the perfect blouse for a business casual occasion, you must consider the neck line of the blouse. A collared blouse is most suitable, particularly when accompanied with a v neck sweater or a coat. Since it is said to be provocative, you must make sure that your blouse is not too low and no amount of cleavage is visible. Wearing low neck lines can be taken as an insult when attending a business casual occasion, it may even make the outfit look less formal, thus making you a misfit for the meeting.
When you choose your blouse, another thing you can consider to wear with it is a small pendant. Particularly if you would not be wearing a sweater or coat, an empty neckline may not give finesse to the look you are hoping to achieve. However you must make sure that it is not too big, bulky or heavy, rather something delicate that would blend into the look of the entire outfit altogether.
Keeping these few tips in mind, and also adding your little touch to your own fashion techniques would help you to choose a blouse for your business occasion and will certainly earn you a few complements through the evening.
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Jason Phillips is a fashion designer who is influenced by cultural and social latitudes. Visit his website to know more about the perfect dress for every occasion.