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theresa530
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Can anyone please tell me what is considered "business casual" in the Caribbean, specifically STX? I have a new dress code and as I've basically been living in scrubs for the past 15 yrs AND in PA, no less, I have no idea what I'm expected to wear. Open toe sandals? Pumps? Capri pants? Sundress? Can anyone please shed some light on this? Thanks so much!

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Topic starter Posted : July 6, 2016 2:19 pm
Alana33
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Guess it depends on the job.
Sun dress and nice comfortable sandals probably would work in majority of settings. It's rare I wear real shoes or a dress, for that matter and can't recall the last time I wore heels. My usual is nice slacks and a nice blouse with sandals.
Never heels, if can possibly be avoided.

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Posted : July 6, 2016 3:17 pm
OldTart
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Sandals but not open-toed. Heels are widely worn by women working in business management. Simple knee-length skirts and short or long-sleeved blouses (no tanks). Sundresses and capris are casual but not business casual. Many corporate, government (both local and federal) offices have the A/C cranked up and many women working there wear lightweight jackets. Best idea likely is to visit the place where you'll be working and see what other employees are wearing.

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Posted : July 6, 2016 3:35 pm
theresa530
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Thanks so much. This at least points me in some sort of direction.

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Topic starter Posted : July 6, 2016 3:49 pm
Alana33
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True. Corporate or Gov. casual is very different from my suggestion.
Good luck to you.

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Posted : July 6, 2016 4:19 pm
watruw8ing4
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I started a new job once at a large company's IT and accounting building, and had been told beforehand that my first day was Casual Friday, so dress accordingly. So I put on the nice slacks and blouse that were considered "casual" at the job I'd just left. Nearly everyone was in shorts, T-shirts and sneakers! And that was in central PA.

I've never taken a job since where I didn't ask for more specifics ahead of time.

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Posted : July 6, 2016 4:28 pm
CruzanIron
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It depends on the job.

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Posted : July 6, 2016 4:34 pm
Afriend
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Can anyone please tell me what is considered "business casual" in the Caribbean, specifically STX? I have a new dress code and as I've basically been living in scrubs for the past 15 yrs AND in PA, no less, I have no idea what I'm expected to wear. Open toe sandals? Pumps? Capri pants? Sundress? Can anyone please shed some light on this? Thanks so much!

Since there's no specific definition of "business casual" and it can mean different things at different companies you really have to ask your new supervisor. Short of that, on your first day, it's probably better to be over dressed than under dressed so wear a nice outfit (certainly not the scrubs you've been wearing for the last 15 years) on the first day. Once you see how your coworkers are dressed you can adjust the attire you wear on subsequent days accordingly. Nobody will berate you for being over dressed but showing up in a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops may put you at a disadvantage if the new company's idea of business casual is is a bit nicer look.

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Posted : July 6, 2016 5:01 pm
East Ender
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If you are in healthcare, definitely closed toes, no tank tops/spaghetti straps (the VI business community is notoriously anti-sleeveless), probably no denim. But again, totally depends on your place of business.

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Posted : July 7, 2016 10:37 am
mtdoramike
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Flip flops, tank top, cutoff shorts and a tie;)

mike

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Posted : July 10, 2016 9:42 pm
theresa530
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Oh Mike, you're going to get me fired on my first day, lol

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Topic starter Posted : July 10, 2016 10:12 pm
mtdoramike
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hahahahahahaha, it's a tropical Island so to me that is business casual. But on a serious note, I usually always carry at a minimum of a black pair of dress slacks, white linen long sleeve shirt with a black tie and dress shoes, just in case we go out someplace fairly dressy while vacationing. To me, this would be business casual, even for the Islands. Rarely do I take a suit or sports coat anymore.

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Posted : July 13, 2016 1:39 pm
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