Corporate is a type of fashion that relates to business attire that refers to the clothing that employees wear to work. Depending on the workplace, various levels of the formality of business attire are expected, and the norm. The dress codes range from traditional and formal to smart casual, business casual, and casual.

Visual

A lot of modern Corporate visuals will draw very heavily from the Cyberprep aesthetic (unless you're the CEO, where Boujee is almost undoubtedly the aesthetic of choice for you) in the sense it's very safe, sterile, and designed solely to motivate you to continue being a useful part of the corporate infrastructure, which can borrow heavily from the Studyblr aesthetic, since it's believed by many that an aesthetically-pleasing workspace increases productivity.

A lot of retro corporate aesthetics are often incorporated into the Hustlewave (unironically) and Vaporwave (ironically) aesthetics, but are often openly attacked by members of the Laborwave aesthetic community (who don't have time to be cutesy and mocking with whom they perceive to be the enemy).

Fashion

Unless it's a Business Casual day (see below), most Corporate fashion will feature for men:

  • White Button-Up Shirt
  • Tie
  • Dress Pants
  • Jacket
  • Belt

For the ladies, however, there can be a little more variety:

  • Business suit with either dress slacks or knee-length skirt in a conservative neutral color, such as black, navy, or brown
    • Linen/cotton for summer months
    • Wool or heavier material for winter
  • Blouses
  • Dress shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Button-down tops
  • Turtlenecks
  • Natural-looking makeup
  • Closed-toe heels in a neutral color such as taupe, black, grey, or brown.
  • Formal flats, oxfords, or loafers
  • Minimalist jewelry
  • A-line, pencil, or flared knee-length skirt
  • Dark tights
  • Well-groomed hair worn in a conservative cut, such as a bob or soft layers.
  • Well-groomed, neutral nails that are either clear coated, or painted with a beige-toned polish.

Members of the Goth subculture that are part of the Corporate machine will incorporate the Corporate Goth aesthetic into their work attire, but you can be assured once they're off the clock, they go into full-on goth mode.

Music

A lot of corporate music is easy-listening, kinda jazzy, and instrumental. A lot of Corporate-sounding Muzak has been sampled to make a lot of Vaporwave music which, ironically, can also be part of the Corporate musical sound once more. Though off the clock? Anything goes.

Spotify playlists


Subgenres

Business Casual

Business Casual is an ambiguously defined Western dress code that is generally considered casual wear but with smart components of a proper lounge suit from traditional informal wear, adopted for white-collar workplaces.

Fashion

The fashion of this particular aesthetic involves:

  • Khaki pants 
  • Slacks
  • Skirts
  • Short-sleeved/long-sleeved collared shirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Turtlenecks
  • Plaid Jackets (usually brown)
  • Dress shoes
  • leather handbags/ wallets
  • leather belt
  • simple jewelry
  • Wool/Cashmere sweaters under collared shirts
  • wristwatches
  • leather or suede flats

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