“Business Casuals” is an increasingly used coinage in the context of office dress code. Though many of the IT firms have announced business casuals as their dress code, many prefer formal suits. Youngsters in Silicon Valley have, of late, discovered the advantage of formal wears over the casual dress pattern. The formal wears helps in distinguishing them from their senior counterparts who have probably crossed the forty-year mark.
However, majority of employees still love to come to office in formal suits. They prefer to dress down only for a day-preferably the last working day of the week. That is mainly because most of the guys directly drive to a holiday spot from office for spending their weekend. In that case, it is always better to wear casuals on the ‘week ender’ day.
Dress code should ultimately be something that makes you feel comfortable in it. Only then can you be able to consider your office as your home away from home. Dressing down is, however, supposed to increase the level of creativity. Advocates of this theory argue that loose dress relates to loose thinking. But many people disagree as they feel creativity is a state of mind and has nothing to do with dress code.
“Business casuals” results in an increased expenditure as it means a third rank of cloth, other than the inevitable ordinary casuals and formals. Coats are much easier to wear and give a dignified look without much effort. Business casuals need to be neatly ironed and maintained well. Another strong emotional point made by the “casual school” is that formals give them the feel of being in school again. They argue that formal dress code reminds them of school uniforms.
The argument will continue forever. The important note to be made is that attire is only secondary. Work is what which really matters. Office dress code can be any decent clothing in which you are at ease. As far as your dress pattern does not interfere negatively with professionalism, all is well and good.