What Does Business Casual Even Mean? I'll Explain With These 20 Outfits

The words "business" and "casual" seem to be antonyms, yet they are more often than not found together in the complete oxymoron that is the "business casual" dress code. When confronted with the many a meeting or event invite that boasts this confusing term, it can leave anyone at a loss: Should you dress more business or casual? Are blazers a must? Are flowy skirts okay? What kind of shoes should you wear? 

Fortunately, our favorite fashion girls are always a source for sartorial inspiration, and that includes business casual outfits. We've sourced 20 examples, some including blazers, but many with a fun twist on the traditional definition of the dress code. Whether you've decided to lean more business, or lean more casual, you'll find an outfit for you. From chic sweater ensembles to monochromatic looks, continue on for clarity you've been searching for. 

Leather Pants Are A-Okay
Business casual outfits with leather pants

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@aimeesong
Matching Set
Matching business casual outfits

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@lefevrediary
Lots of Layers
Winter business casual outfit

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@annarvitiello
Oversize Suits Are a Perfect Fit
Business casual suits

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@louloudesaison
The Bigger the Collar, The Better the Outfit
Business casual outfits with sweaters

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@pernilleteisbaek
Bold Patterned Business
Business casual outfit ideas

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@eggcanvas
Skirt + Blazer = Business Casual

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@fongminliao
Casual With A Side of Business
Business casual sweaters

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@anoukyve
Two-Tones Will Seal the Deal
Dual-toned business casual outfits

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@champagnemani
Trousers Are Always a Yes

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@_jeanettemadsen_
A Dress Will Do It
Business casual dress outfits

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@gabifresh
Neutral-Hued Business
Neutral business casual outfits

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@oliviafaeh
Experiment With Color
Color-blocked business casual outfits

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@sorayabakhtiar
Don't Be Afraid of Animal Prints
Business casual outfits with animal prints

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@yoyokulala
Make Sandals Work With Tailored Pants

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@alexisforeman
Midi Skirts Are Made for Meetings
Business casual outfits with midi skirts

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@annabelrosendahl
All Black Always Works

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@annelauremais
Skip the Pants, Try a Maxi Skirt

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@mariaalia
Double the Blazers Are Double the Fun
Business casual outfits with blazers and vests

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@nycbambi
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