The Meaning of 'Business Casual' In 2019

It’s clear that today’s workplace is edging toward a “more casual environment”— when even Goldman Sachs had announced a “firm-wide flexible dress code” in March.

While this increasingly relaxed dress code gives employees more comfort and flexibility, it also makes room for different interpretations. This is why in 2019, it’s crucial to have a more nuanced understanding of the term “business casual.”

According to Stephanie Naznitsky—Executive Director of OfficeTeam, a division of Robert Half, there’s really no hard and fast rule for what’s considered business casual nowadays, but you can still master the look if you know the factors at play.

Logically speaking, the less experience you have, the more formal your attire should be. Naznitsky suggests job candidates err on the more formal side of the company’s standard and try to mirror potential colleagues for on-site interviews. If you’re unsure about a company’s “business casual” dress code, visit the building lobby ahead of time, work with a recruiter who can offer helpful insight, or search for shared team photos at the company’s social media pages.

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