Style Categories – Business Women’s Guide to Fashion



Professional women can remain polished and refined by wearing the right clothes to the right business or social events. Dressing properly gives off an undeniable air of confidence and sophistication that is well suited for any woman. Listed below are style categories for the professional business woman which explain the best ways to dress for various events and occasions.

Business Attire

Business Attire is a formal style category that relates to business functions and events. Formal business attire is usually a matching skirt (or pant) suit which includes a jacket and bottom ensemble. Formal business attire can be worn for business travel, business presentations and meetings, business meals as well as interviews. It is highly recommend that women choose suits in basic colors for a conservative appeal such as black, navy, or gray.

Business Casual

Business Casual is less formal that the regular business attire and includes mixed pieces. Women can pair a jacket or blazer with a skirt or pant bottom (but the pieces do not have to be identical matches). Business casual attire is great for everyday business wear. It can also be worn for less formal meetings and events or business meals. Business casual attire is very common for networking and social events during the afternoon and evenings.


Casual Attire is the least formal within the style categories and is basically relaxed clothing. A blazer/jacket is not required and it usually includes a top and bottom ensemble. Casual clothes are khakis, dark denim jeans, casual pants, button down shirts, cardigans and shell sets, v-neck sweaters, blouses, skirts, career gauchos, capris, etc. It is important to maintain a polished look by wearing pressed and neat casual clothes in business environments.

Formal Wear

Formal Wear is formal party and evening dresses that are long and elegant. They can be worn to black tie events, balls/soirees or fundraisers. Gowns can include long dresses or top and skirt ensembles. Formal wear can range in various colors but are common in black and white. Many women opt to use shawls, scarves or pashminas for their outerwear instead of coats for formal events.

Semi-Formal / Cocktail

Semi-Formal and Cocktail Wear are party dresses. They are usually knee length or shorter and are less formal than traditional gowns. The basic colors for semi-formal and cocktail wear are typically black. The styles of these dresses are trendier and fashionable compared to the formal wear. Women tend to accessorize more with semi-formal and cocktail dresses by wearing bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry to brighten their outfits.


Source by Chi Chi Okezie


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