Is business casual okay for an interview?

You have scored a job interview, but forgot to ask about the dress code. With no idea what to wear to the big interview, you may think the default is to wear business casual attire. In many cases, this is actually incorrect.

Business casual is risky for a job interview.

What is business casual?

Let’s start out with a definition of what business casual is, so we are all on the same page. Business casual for men is generally considered as being a collared shirt with slacks and closed shoes. Your shirt may be short sleeved and it may even be a polo shirt. You do not wear a tie. Some even consider jeans as being appropriate for business casual attire. The idea is to be neat, but not dressed up.

It may be too informal

For a professional or office job interview, business casual is likely to be much too informal. You would be better off in a suit. It is always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed, especially when you want to make a good impression on your interviewer.

If you do decide to wear business casual, take pains to look sharp. Polish your shoes, avoid jeans and ensure you are clean-shaven.

When should you wear business casual to an interview?

Wear business casual if they have specified that this is the dress code. If you do not get the chance to ask, it is best to err on the side of caution and dress a little more formally than business casual. However, some interviews may be perfectly suited to neat but casual attire. A young startup company or a hip coffee house would be examples of this.

How to dress for a wedding reception

Dressing for a wedding reception is easier than you may think. All a man needs to do is wear a nice suit, which will be appropriate for the vast majority of weddings.

Follow the dress code

Some invitations will specify a dress code, for example, black tie or smart casual. This is your number one clue as to what to wear. If no dress code is specified, it is safest to ask the host what the dress code is. This is especially important in a non-traditional setting such as a beach wedding. In the case that you are unable to find out the dress code, it is most conservative to assume that the dress code is cocktail for an evening wedding.

The default wedding outfit

A safe option for a wedding is to wear a dark colored suit (black, navy and dark grey are all acceptable), a crisp white shirt, a tie, and black or brown polished dress shoes. This is what you should wear if the invitation says “cocktail” or “business casual”.

The black tie wedding outfit

Black tie is the most formal mode of dress you are likely to encounter in your life. Yes, there is white tie which is a step above black tie, but you are unlikely to ever be required to dress in white tie.

Your black tie wedding outfit should consist of a black tuxedo, black dress shoes, a white shirt and a black bowtie. You should wear a black waistcoat under your suit jacket.

A cummerbund (sash around the waist) is technically an acceptable alternative to a waistcoat, but these are rarely worn anymore. Never wear both a waistcoat and a cummerbund.

Technically, “semi formal” means the same as “black tie”, but often the host will write “semi formal” on the dress code while meaning something a little closer to cocktail wear. It is best to check with the host to ensure you are not overdressed or underdressed to the wedding.

Black tie
Black tie is the most formal dress code you are likely to encounter for a wedding reception.

Is it a daytime wedding?

For a daytime wedding, the dress code is more relaxed than that of an evening wedding. During the day, the dress code is usually lounge suit. Do not wear a tuxedo to a daytime wedding, unless the dress code specifies that it is a black tie event.

How to dress for a funeral

Your outfit is unlikely to be your top priority when you are attending a funeral. You should have a basic funeral outfit to wear, and you can recycle this outfit for every funeral you go to.

Wear black

Wearing black to a funeral is expected. It may be a cliche, but it is what you are required to do. Sometimes it may be the case that a color is specified on the invitation. For example, if the favorite color of the deceased was yellow, then everyone may be asked to wear yellow. If no instructions are provided, wear black and other dark colors. The exception to the rule is, of course, your shirt. Do not wear a black shirt.

Be conservative

A funeral is not the time to try out a brand new look that just came off the catwalk. Wear something conversative and predictable. Do not worry about injecting some of your own personal style into your funeral outfit, as you are expected to dress in a nondescript way. If you are a pallbearer, you should be even more aware of making sure you are dressed appropriately. Ensure everything is neat and uncreased.

Man in suit for funeral
Keep it simple with a plain suit and tie at a funeral.

Wear a suit

You should have a well fitting, dark colored (preferably black) suit for the occassion. Wear with a white shirt and a black tie (navy and maroon are acceptable alternatives if you do not own a black tie). It is not the time to play around with wearing unique or colorful ties or bowties. Keep it simple. Your shoes should be black and polished leather.

Do not take off your jacket for an indoor funeral ceremony, although you may remove it if you are outdoors and the weather is warm enough.

Know the traditions

Different religions have different modes of dress for a funeral. For example, as a Muslim funeral you may be required to remove your shoes. It pays to be aware of these traditions ahead of time, so that you are fully prepared for the modifications to your outfit that may be required. You would want not want to be wearing old and greying socks if you are asked to remove your shoes.


What clothes do women like men to wear?

How you dress can have a huge impact on how you are perceived. Dressing in a particular way can improve your looks immensely- no plastic surgery needed. If you are looking to impress the ladies, then follow these tips to instantly approve your appeal.

Collared shirts

You may be comfortable in your tee shirt, but dressing properly makes women swoon. Simply switching your tee shirt for a shirt with a collar can make all the difference to your appearance. You will look more respectable and more in control of your life.

Sexy shoes

Shoes are one of the first things about you that women notice. If you have a movie-star smile but are wearing crocs on your feet, then girls will not look at you twice. Invest in some sleek and classic shoes such as Oxfords or loafers, preferably in leather.

Tight jeans

A pair of tight jeans will show off your assets. Plenty of women are into men with cute bottoms. Show that you’re one of them with a pair of slim-fitting jeans that shows you off.

Leather jacket

Be the bad-boy type that she has always wanted in a luxurious leather jacket. Most outfits can only be improved with the addition of a black leather jacket. Wearing a jacket is especially an asset on a date, as you can offer for her to wear it in an act of thoughtfulness that is sure to impress.

Leather jacket guy
Drive women crazy in a leather jacket.

Facial hair

Technically, facial hair is not clothing. However, it is worth mentioning that many women love a bearded man. To some women, a full beard is attractive; to others, a stubbly five-o-clock shadow does the trick. The most important aspect of your facial hair is what suits you best. If you think you look good with a bit of chin fuzz, then go for it. Many women will approve.