Business Casual for women is one of the most difficult dress codes to crack.
More especially when it's a woman working in a male dominated industrial environment. How easy it was when business-wear meant a two piece suit!
Nowadays, most offices have a more casual environment even it's just a Friday dress-down day but women run the risk of making a fashion 'faux pas' much more easily than their male counterparts.
It's still a man's world...
Particularly in industry the jeans and polo shirt approach is usually completely acceptable for the guys. 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 - whereas a professional woman often needs to maintain a slightly more 'uniform' approach which projects some authority if she wants to avoid being mistaken for the receptionist!
Simple but authoritative look with dark jeans creating a column of color
Why Business Casual for Women is so important...
'Business Casual' will arrive for you at some point
If not on a daily basis there are 'dress-down days', team building exercises, out of hours meetings etc.
A confident image demands that you be taken seriously
A put together and organized appearance indicates an organized mind
Looking competent shows you're capable of getting the job done
You don't want to be mistaken for the secretary or someone's mother
If men are dressed down, women need to look 'non-threatening'!
Step up to Business Casual with a jacket to pull the outfit together