I've recently started a part-time job at a clothing shop. Though part of a large chain, the store is quite small and I've been hired on as key-holder/second assistant manager. When I think of customer service in retail, I believe appearance is nearly as important as demeanor and mannerisms.
Minimum wardrobe requirements are polos and khakis with loafers. This is my standard casual wear. However, I discovered that during summer months, male employees may wear capri-pants and sandals. I felt a little sick.
How am I to be taken seriously as a clothing salesperson if I can't dress well? Sure, few of my customers have the traditional taste I personally prefer, but if I'm to make a sale I need to act and dress like an authority of such matters.
This is my most recent look. For under ten dollars I'm wearing a white Polo oxford, Dior tie, and Croft and Barrow vest. This is my business casual.
The photo of my pants and shoes didn't turn out well, but for under thirty dollars I was wearing black Polo chinos with black Allen Edmonds brogues.
What's your business casual?