Pleated pants and dark colors are more formal, conservative choices. Business casual is often thrown out there to describe how your employer thinks you should dress at work. However, it would be best to stick to no external pockets to be safe, as it does give off the impression less formal and a bit less experienced or ready to go hiking. But I dunno, maybe the company only has two departments, HR and engineering! Look around and see what the other employees are wearing; this is a good gauge of what your employer expects when they say business casual.
A dress is fine if it doesn't scream "clubbing" or "beach". California business casual is probably more casual than rest of the world business casual. I'd probably wear a dress with flats, no blazer. Dark jeans are probably also fine as long as you class up the rest of the outfit a little. To me, living on the East Coast but having spent some time in California--California business casual means jeans neat, no holes are okay.
On the East Coast, I generally wouldn't think of jeans as acceptable biz-caz wear, except on Fridays. So this look or this look would say California business casual to me both from a SF-based blogger. The examples are great, but I would err on the side of dark wash jeans for these outfits given the context.
Better to be slightly overdressed than slightly under! The definition of business casual varies from coast to coast in the US, the country that likely coined the term. The look gets more casual the farther you travel west. When you finally reach California, business casual can include just about anything, and varies a lot by industry.
For example, a business casual event in the banking or finance industries would likely lean toward the more conservative East Coast version. But in high tech or entertainment, business casual could include jeans and a black t-shirt think Steve Jobs or even floral Hawaiian shirts.
I still wouldn't wear open-toed shoes though. IMO that's too caj. I grew up in the Midwest and now go to grad school in Southern California. To me, the biggest differences between normal business casual and the business casual I see people wear here are that women don't wear nylons and a wider variety of shoes are appropriate. I often see women in flats, dress sandals, peep toes, and very very high heels.
There's also more tolerance of visible tattoos and piercings. Also, like someone else mentioned, nice dark jeans are ok. I think its basically breaking all the minor details about more East Coast business casual and calling it good. I am a CA native, and nylons are considered soooo formal here. No one wears them except to job interviews and the like. It is so funny to hear nylons described as normal! They aren't the norm, but it isn't unusual to see a professional woman wearing heels that in other parts of the US would be reserved for going out or that would be derided as "stripper heels".
To me it means trendy casual. Also, coming from Florida I tend to think they mean you don't need to wear a heavy suit or uncomfortable shoes. Light fabrics, maybe sleeveless blouse instead of wearing a blazer with it, and open toe sandals, where in most states that wouldn't be acceptable.
I think "our" business casual is more about looking put together mixing pieces that would normally be considered casual with business attire. I think a lot of Californians perceive business attire synonymous with a stiff, non-relaxed Wall Street personality.
I've been to a few academic conferences on the East Coast and have felt incredibly underdressed at times. I work in the art industry, so we have a bit more freedom than if it were a business casual corporate office where jeans or more eclectic items may not be appropriate. Today I'm wearing skinny jeans, a sleeveless see through chiffon button up top with a tank underneath, a blazer, and 3 inch black heels.
I have coworkers who wear jeans and casual pieces and it works, but I also have coworkers that wear ill-fitting casual items and it does not work. Someone else said this, but as long as you don't wear flip-flops or graphic tees it's usually fine.
My job has a casual Friday, and sometimes feels like there's really no point since everyday feels like casual Friday. Men generally do not wear suit jackets, or even nice dress pants.
If they do wear dress pants, they are usually wearing no jacket. Men tend to stick with jeans, a dress shirt, and a blazer. I wear black or colored tights with dresses or skirts if it's colder, but during the summer, women usually do not wear any kind of nylons.
To piggy back off of this, I'm going to dinner tonight in West Hollywood and am curious what exactly is meant by smart casual dress code stated on restaurant website? At my work it means no holes in your jeans, no t-shirts with logos, pictures, or words, but patterns are okay, and no flip flops or sneakers. Hahaha, this is hilarious. Only in California would they make up their own business casual version. I think basically its a step more casual than business casual.
Instead of khakis, you can wear jeans. Not a bad idea. At worst, you're kind of hot in the temperature sense and you look like you're from the East Coast. Which they will probably figure out anyway; no biggie. Probably you need a female perspective here, at least as much as a Californian perspective. Perhaps my long-lost cousin Martha can lend a hand I thought that it meant " going commando ".
That would be preference. Dress up but if someone says you're too dressed for them West, tell them "It's ok, I'm commando". My general philosophy is to always err on the conservative side, if in doubt. Nobody can blame you for being too formal. They might mock you a little, but they can't blame you or send you home. That link defines "California casual", which actually is the dress code in my office, though I think it would be described as "no dress code".
I would imagine "California business casual" would be a bit more formal than that. Also, there's a significant difference between what's acceptable in Northern vs. As for weather, I don't know where Jeanne is headed, but most of California hasn't really been all that warm this summer. Certainly not as warm as the east coast. My advice is to split the difference between beach togs and a power suit, and you'll be fine. It's going to be in the 50's and 60s. And I asked the person who said it since it wasn't obvious to folks here.
Or used to be or something like that. It certainly isn't now. So the California word emphasized meant nothing. Even when I worked for giant financial Mortgage Company that ruined the economy, the dress code for guys was khaki slacks, polo shirts and leather shoes.
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