What does business casual mean to you?

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and what is business casual hair?
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I think business casual hair would include any hairstyle that looks neat. Unless it's short, I'd imagine that there should be some sort of hair "appliance," like a headband, clip, or ponytail holder.
Business cas= no suits, no jeans. Khakis, slacks, skirts around knee length or longer, little to no cleavage.

Hair... dunno. I almost never come to work with my hair even dry, let alone specifically styled, so if my company was strict about it i'd be boned.
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Business casual *hair*? (That's even more nebulous a concept than hillbilly hair.)

I hope it doesn't involve any kind of appliance!
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Business casual, like others said, I would say is no jeans, no suits - dress pants/khakis, blouses, tops, skirts. Nothing tight or low cut.

I've never heard of business casual hair - I would guess that would eliminate 'extreme' hairstyles like mohawks, odd colors, etc.
I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but I still keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.
Well, I'm going to a business-casual informational interview on Tuesday. How should I style my shoulder-length, very curly hair so it doesn't scream "Stay at home mom!"
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Well, I'm going to a business-casual informational interview on Tuesday. How should I style my shoulder-length, very curly hair so it doesn't scream "Stay at home mom!"
Originally Posted by Poodlehead

Could you not just keep it down? I have never changed the way I style my hair for an interview. If they don't like my hair, I would rather know then than get hired and have to hear about it later. If it is really bothering you I would suggest keeping it simple. Pin the sides back or a low/neat side bun.
Well, I'm going to a business-casual informational interview on Tuesday. How should I style my shoulder-length, very curly hair so it doesn't scream "Stay at home mom!"
Originally Posted by Poodlehead

Could you not just keep it down? I have never changed the way I style my hair for an interview. If they don't like my hair, I would rather know then than get hired and have to hear about it later.
Originally Posted by rockthecurlz
This. As long as your hair is neat and clean, you're fine. I never "style" my hair - I just blow it dry so it's curly. It isn't in my face, it isn't unkempt...but it's always curly.
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Interesting that they noted business casual. For any type of interview I would err on the side of being more business than casual.
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^^^Yep. I always dress more conservatively in an interview, esp. if it's in an office setting. My standard interview hair is a neat bun, but I don't necessarily see anything wrong with keeping it out.
Interesting that they noted business casual. For any type of interview I would err on the side of being more business than casual.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
This. For a business casual interview, I would just wear my interview suit as always, minus the jacket. That's as casual as I'm going to get at an interview.

To me, business casual hair can be any style as long as it's nothing extreme (mohawk, weird color, etc.). But for an interview, I would wear my hair "business" which to me is an updo.
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Do you ladies think this handbag can pass as business casual? I have a tendency to err too casual with handbags (yet dress slightly more formal than needed otherwise...I'm weird). It looks like it might be slightly slouchy.



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Looks absolutely fine to me. I'd wear that to any business situation, casual or otherwise.
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Bumping because I didn't want to start a thread JUST for this purse.

Do you ladies think this handbag can pass as business casual? I have a tendency to err too casual with handbags (yet dress slightly more formal than needed otherwise...I'm weird). It looks like it might be slightly slouchy.



Originally Posted by sew and sew
Yes. I think Nubiancoils' philosophy for business casual hair could apply here too: As long as it's nothing too extreme, it can be pretty much anything else. Neutral colors without adornment shouldn't raise any eyebrows. Are you interviewing? g/l!
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I'm really considering this one (below) now. It feels the most 'me' out of what I've seen (oddly it hasn't been fun browsing a ton of handbags, it's actually been a little annoying!) and I was just reading this...

While hobo bags look great, different styles are appropriate for different occasions. Large hobo bags that resemble sacks should not be worn with office attire, particularly conservative suits or with very formal dresses. Instead, they are better paired with casual clothing. Hobo bags that are suitable for wearing with formal attire are those that are smaller in size. Opt for a hobo bag in a solid color, without pattern, when attending formal events and gatherings.

TNB, I have an internship at a place that is business casual. At times, depending on what's going on, I gather that they step it up a little. So far though, I have felt comfortable wearing slacks and nice blouses, and office friendly dresses.



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Even though it is slightly slouchy, I think that is perfectly fine for office attire!
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Sure - looks completely appropriate to me. You just don't want to be dragging around some huge sloppy hobo bag with fringes.

Also it is black leather which is conservative. It might be questionable in some of the very bright neon colors around today like lime green, hot pink. I've seen these in patent - they scream look at me. Great for very young people in creative industries, otherwise, no.
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IME the problems usually relate to an outfit (on a woman of course...) being too revealing or jeans/denim being worn when the policy specifically states it shouldn't be or shouldn't be in a certain context. Also what is a flip flop and where is the line btwn flip flop vs. sandal. I've never heard of stuff like handbag style/color being an issue.
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