Business Dress Level Four: Resort Casual - Casually Speaking: How to Shine in the Sun
November 5, 2014
OK. You’ve done the hard work, and CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve made the President’s Club! Now it’s time to relax and have some fun in the sun. But what to wear at the resort?
As with any event labeled “casual,” it’s wise to take a “tailored” approach. Both men and women can evoke a neat, yet informal image by wearing well-cut trousers or khakis. Shirts or blouses may be made of more casual fabrics than you would normally wear for work, and may make use of prints and patterns. Short-sleeved shirts or blouses made of cotton, casual silk, linen, or quality man-made fiber will ensure a casual yet “put together” image.
The prints you select for your shirts or blouses may be larger or in bolder colors than your might ordinarily wear, but do not overdo it (will you be remembered for your accomplishments or for your loud shirt?). For women: If you wear a sundress make sure that you cover your shoulders with a sweater or a bolero jacket for any meetings.
As for footwear, sandals that cover the whole foot, as well as moccasins and deck shoes, are appropriate.
With respect to swimwear, remember that bathing trunks and swimsuits are for the pool and the beach. And, as with our recommendation for shirts and blouses, be a bit conservative in your choices for swimwear: A Speedo or a skimpy bikini will definitely get you noticed. However, there is a difference between “notice” and “notoriety” – especially in a business setting.
Unless you happen to live near the resort where you will be meeting, chances are you will be taking a plane to get there. Here are some thoughts on how to look your best en route. (By the way, studies show that those who are dressed better get consistently better service and attention from ticket agents and flight crews.)
Twinsets and polished T-shirts
Tailored lightweight trousers
Jersey travel knitwear
Pashminas, shrugs, and shawls
Sandals (groomed legs and feet)
Casual shirt (polo or golf) or dress shirt without a tie