The Evolution of Business Casual

Updated: February 28, 2011

There was a time when workplace attire consisted of: button-down shirts, cuff links, ties, and pinstriped suits. This style of dress was the staple of the American workplace, with IBM being the company of traditional standard. Times have definitely changed over the course of the 2oth and 21st centuries, and business attire at the office has changed along with it. Most business' have adopted a casual look consisting of: For men, a dress shirt or polo shirt, cotton pants with a belt, and modest shoes. For women, a reasonable length skirt or full-length pants, with a dress shirt/polo shirt/sweater combo, or an informal dress with appropriate length skirt. In modern times companies such as IBM -- led by their CEO -- have thrown out the dress code altogether. Here's a look at how business casual has changed over the years.

Wisconsin Business Casual Early 1900s

1920s Los Angeles Airport

Green Bay Packer's Casual Practice

Business Casual With Hat

Business Casual With White Gloves

Miner's Business Casual

70s Business Casual

T-Shirt And Jeans Business Casual

80s Business Casual Options

80s Casual Friday

90s Business Casual

Dress Shirt And Cargo Shorts

Bill Gates

Steve Jobs

Short Hair Business Casual

No Pants Casual Friday

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