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Style Jargon: Business Casual vs. Corporate | Guest Post

Business Casual vs. Corporate

With the school year in full swing, undergrads and young professionals will be pounding the pavements looking for internships and employment. If you’re one of the Chosen Ones lucky enough to have a position, I tip my oversized sun hat to you. Whether you’re handing in resumes or handing in your timesheet it’s time to get down to the business of office dress codes. 

Many have tried to break down business casual vs. corporate work wear, but there still remains some confusion. Otherwise known as the question, to wear pantyhose or not to wear pantyhose? Think of it this way, if you work in a more creative environment (i.e. fashion or the arts) you are mostly likely going to err on the business casual side of things; with a bit more liberty to wear colors and prints. If you work in a typical office setting (think high-rises and cubicles) you’re mingling more with the corporate dress code.

Need a visual? Remember to always use caution, it is always better to be overdressed than overdressed. When interviewing, dress more conservatively, let your talent and not your accessories stand out. For business casual have fun with quirky prints and pops of color. To make business professional attire a little more light-hearted look for interesting cuts like the collar on the blazer below, and try mixing textures for visual interest. Check out two inspirational outfits above.

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This guest post was written by Tiffany L. Curtis

Communications Student. Fashion Junkie at Heart. Blogosphere Dweller.

Currently: Working on finishing up a degree in English and Communications.

Fashion Motto: Clothes are fashion and style is who you are.

Future Plans: Tiffany dreams of some amazing fashion PR or magazine job in an artistic city.

Hobbies: She's also an avid thrift clothes buyer and literature collector.

Check out more of Tiffany's great fashion advice and articles online at The Undergrad Style File and Common Couture.

Thanks for breaking down workplace fashion, Tiffany!

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