Ask Belle: Dresses for Business Casual Friday
Jul 15, 2015
I work at a large law firm with a very strict dress code. Last month, they altered their policy to have “business casual” Fridays during the summer months. (I suspect that it is so partners can wear golf clothing to work.) Can you help me find some dresses that are still professional but a bit more casual? Please, no t-shirt dresses or maxis.
Dressing for casual days is much tougher than dressing for work. What is business casual? Is it more business? Is it more casual? Decoding the definition depends entirely on your office culture.
It seems to me that your employer is looking to loosen the reins a bit, but keep things professional. I think dresses are a good solution to your conundrum, so let’s find you a few that should work.
You said no t-shirt dresses, but while this dress is made of jersey, it’s dressier than a basic tee. Boden has some great jersey dresses. I also like this dotted Gaby dress. Still need to go dressier? Okay, let’s…
If you work in a very conservative office, a short-sleeve sheath in a bright color, may be as close as you can get to “casual.” For something less-expensive, try this Marc New York dress.