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Semi-casual is a dress code in the American context. It is less presentational than semi-formal but not as loose, and potentially sexually suggestive, as full casual dress. As in most dress codes, there is an element of sexism, but this is less pronounced than in formal dress.
Semi-casual dress may include:
A button-down dress shirt, sweater, or polo shirt. Sweater Vests are especially popular and are in style this holiday season. Again, women are given more leniency, and are often allowed to wear a T-shirt if it is of a luxurious material. Men may wear a necktie, but it is certainly not expected.
In most contexts, excessive jewelry in considered out of place with semi-casual dress. Traditionally, this has been especially true for men, though during the late 20th century, earrings and necklaces became everyday objects of masculine attire for casual and semi-casual wear. More recently noserings and tongue piercings have become generally acceptable for both genders in semi-casual wear, though traditional offices still frown on them.
Hair dyed in artificial colors and heavy cosmetics are generally considered inappropriate for semi-casual wear, although some offices exhibit leniency.
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