The subtle science of business casual

When is what you're wearing not appropriate enough

By Todd Harrison

On Wednesday June 30th, 2010

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photo by Joe WolfTo polo or not to polo?

The answer, for lawyers, is the latter — even in business casual situations. So says U.S. law blogger BL1Y in a post on bitterlawyer.com from earlier this month.

He also provides his take on the subtle but crucial difference between business casual and dressy formal (the former is “not just nice clothes; it’s half of a suit,” while the latter is dress bottoms with a matching top), and offers advice on several no-nos. These include when to change into commuting shoes, and how to be ready when a casual day suddenly turns formal.

What do you think? Does this blog post portray clothing conventions at your firm? Leave a comment and let us know.


Photo by Joe Wolf