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Business Casual for Women in Industry
One of the most difficult dress codes to crack is Business Casual for Women. More especially when it's a woman working in a mail dominated industrial environment.
How easy it was when business-wear meant a two piece suit! Nowadays, whether it's just a Friday dress-down day you have to deal with or a more casual environment altogether, women run the risk of making a fashion 'faux pas' more easily than their male counterparts.
Particularly in industry the jeans and polo shirt approach is usually
completely acceptable for the guys, whereas a professional woman often
needs to maintain a slightly more 'uniform' approach if she wants to
avoid being mistaken for the receptionist!
It's a man's world...
In many industries it's both practical and acceptable to wear casual clothes daily. However, when women are in the minority it can sometimes be difficult to judge what is appropriate wear.
It's often commented that a woman needs to work twice as hard in order to be regarded as an equal to the man working next to her.
Whether he's wearing a business suit or jeans no-one is going to mistake him for a secretary - but if a woman's appearance doesn't project some kind of authority it's easy to be overlooked.
The easiest way to approach Business Casual for women in industry is to develop and adopt your own 'Uniform'.
Why Business Casual for Women is so important...
You will be required to adopt 'Business Casual' at some point in most businesses
If not on a daily basis there will be 'dress-down days', team building exercises, out of hours meetings etc.