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Business Attire

Dress code "Business Attire

"Business Attire" means nothing other than business attire. The dress code is one step higher on the formality scale than "business casual". Also known as "Day Informal", "Business Formal" or "Tenue de ville", this dress code is worn in everyday business life or at business events.

Where does the dress code "Business Attire" apply?

A dark suit with a tie, light-colored shirt, black socks and smart shoes - this is the everyday dress style for conservative professions with customer contact in finance and engineering or in law firms. The focus is on the relationship with the customer, which is why employees should generate trust and represent the company.

This dress code is mandatory for middle and senior management, and recommended for those who wish to be promoted to this level or enter through a job interview. Regardless of the usual dress code, potential employees of such a company should attend the interview in a business suit.

Color palette

Many dress codes call for restraint when it comes to colors. As much as there is to consider with "Black Tie", there are not many color regulations. There is more leeway with the "Business Formal" code, which makes it more difficult to make the right choice. Dark grey, anthracite, dark blue or black - pick up to two colors for your outfit. You can eliminate brown from your options for formal wear.

The rule of thumb is that the more upscale the occasion, the darker the clothing. This is also true in the business world, the higher the position in the hierarchy.

As long as there are no more than two colors and patterns, you can appear confident. However, less is more! With this dress code, you don't want to irritate or attract attention.

Business Men

The shirt is either classic white or light blue, with a tie that is darker than the shirt. Depending on the occasion, dark red or light blue may be an option. Dark, plain lace-up shoes with leather soles are welcome: Brogues, derbies or oxfords.

Some sneakers, which still had their justification in the "business casual" look, are no longer considered acceptable here. Loafers, as well as jeans, chinos or T-shirts, which are often combined in casual ensembles for "casual wear", unfortunately no longer make it into the more formal "work wear" selection.

The perfect fit

The cut should be customized so that it doesn't pinch in any places or fit too tightly. Two fingers should fit easily between the shirt collar and neck and the sleeves should reach exactly to the wrist with the arms hanging down. "Slim fit" describes a fit that fits snugly without being constricting.

Pay attention to the fabric in the shoulder area: does the hem sit nicely on the shoulder or is the straight line interrupted by a crease? The buttons should fasten easily without creasing.

Baggy trouser pockets detract from the clear cut and shape of the trousers. The pants do not need a belt and there is a slight break at the ends of the pants because the fabric rests on the shoe.

A crease-free suit and a good fit is something that everyone consciously or unconsciously takes note of. To prevent creases, it is advisable to take off your jacket while sitting in the car or train.

Equipped with the right materials

It's not the cut of the business clothing, but the materials that make the decisive difference when the temperature drops. When it gets hot or you have a meeting coming up that could make you sweat, you'll be glad to have heat-regulating, lightweight fabrics. Cotton, merino wool, linen or silk are suitable. So-called open-pored yarns are breathable and can be recognized by the fact that light shines through. Pure new wool or cashmere is suitable for winter.

It is advisable to look at the label so that the professional appearance is not devalued by inferior synthetic fibers. The admixture of synthetic fibers should be as low as possible (less than 5%) in order to be able to speak of high-quality materials. Such fabrics are not stiff and scratchy, but noticeably softer, which speaks for their quality.

Proven little things

In addition to colors and patterns, there are complementary accessories and small items for the fashion-conscious man to give the dark suit its own touch. Discreet cufflinks make the suit look more sophisticated, and a flat watch is a perfect match.

You can score points with the pocket square by coordinating it with the tie. The leather belt and briefcase must be coordinated with the shoes. This leaves little room for individual style. Together, however, they create a good overall look. Products such as perfume should be used with restraint in order to preserve the naturalness and not be overpowering with fragrances.

Dress code guide

The dress code guide will get you through everyday life in style. With a wealth of knowledge about the dress codes casual, smart casual, business casual, business attire, black tie and white tie, you will be prepared for any situation.

  • All dress codes at a glance
  • Tips & tricks for every style
  • Practical format for on the go

Business Women

A trouser suit or suit with a light-colored blouse or top is the classic choice for a business woman. Modern dresses or cocktail dresses that are at least knee-length and not too unusual can, with a little skill, be mixed in with everyday workwear. This includes tights and closed shoes with heels no higher than seven centimeters. Long sleeves are normally worn, unless the blazer is not taken off in the office.

Underwear that fits

Do you like boxer shorts or briefs? Do you wear black, white or color?

Whatever you decide, you will be satisfied. The finest materials, high-quality workmanship and a perfect fit makes the underwear from BLACKSOCKS unique.


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