After officially tackling my first week as a Business Honors student something has become quite apparent to me: when the term ‘business casual’ is thrown around, all good judgement goes out the window. Business casual isn’t necessarily a ill fitting suit that you bought on the clearance rack. I have walked around campus in my bubblegum pink suit and pointed nude pumps, barely reaching the criteria of being “business appropriate”. As Audrey Hepburn once said, “I believe in pink.” Much like Audrey, I believe in pink, but I also believe business can be appealing, fashionable and unique. I understand that the business world is all about professionalism, but why not be professional and memorable?
My featured Fashionisto knows exactly how to be business casual and fashionable at the same time. He is wearing a navy Michael Kors blazer, with a Burberry Polo, and he compliments the blazer with a printed silk pocket square. This Fashionisto ties in the classic Burberry print on his polo with a signature Burberry belt. He then completes the look with a classic pale blue chino and a cognac dress shoe. When this Fashionisto walks into a business casual event, he is remembered and well received. Why? because he decided to be a Fashionisto and stand out from the crowd. Attention to detail will always differentiate the difference between average and well dressed. Something as simple as a great pair of shoes, a belt or a pocket square will aid in setting you apart from mediocrity.
A quick tip for ladies on business casual in the business world: don’t be afraid to sport a pair of printed chinos or a fun colored blazer–be creative! You aren’t that daring? Try sewing a unique button on your blazer or add a colorful necklace. Business school isn’t going to be easy, but making business casual appealing will definitely make it easier.
What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Don’t match your entire outfit; it comes off as uncreative and unoriginal. It is fine to have subtle matching, but having colors that clash and look good in your outfit will set you apart.”