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Corporate is an aesthetic 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 loosely 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 be similar to the Studyblr aesthetic, since it's believed by many that an aesthetically-pleasing workspace increases productivity.

The Corporate aesthetic often avoids exaggerated outfits and bright colors, resorting to more monotonous and grey-tone colors that add to the sleekness and sterility of office buildings.

A lot of retro corporate aesthetics are often incorporated into the Vaporwave aesthetics, albeit ironically.

Fashion[]

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

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

For women, however, there can be a little more variety:

  • Business suit with either dress slacks or knee-length skirt in a conservative neutral color.
    • 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.

Types of Fashion[]

Some ways to tell the degree of formality of an attire is to take notice on the features[1].

  • Colors - Business Professional, the most formal type of attire, is of dark and muted colors. Aside from the usual black color, charcoal grey and navy blue are perfect suit colors for a workplace environment.
  • Fabric and textures - Smooth surface and little prominent weaves for office work. Shiny fabric for special occasions, such as evening dinners.
  • Patterns - for professional settings, it is appropriate to wear little to no pattern wardrobes.

Business Professional[]

Business Professional is the most traditional attire, with strict dress code policy. This attire is required in conservative companies and in government work-related settings. Careers such as law, accounting, and finance commonly are required to wear Business Professional.

Business Formal[]

Business Formal is similar to business professional, but this attire is commonly used for special events, dinner and award ceremonies. Colored suits and dresses are allowed, while still maintaining professionalism. Silk ties and pocket squares for men is a requirement. Long evening dresses for women may be appropriate.

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 subgenre 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

Smart Casual[]

Smart Casual, also referred to as "Chic Modernist", is a more stylish version of Business Casual. The wardrobe is not super dressy but still looking nice and presentable. This is suitable for client meetings and job interviews.
For more information on this particular aesthetic, please check out the Chic Modernist page.

Subgenres[]

Corporate Goth[]

Members of the Goth subculture that are part of the Corporate machine will incorporate the Corporate Goth aesthetic (examples of Corporate Goth) into their work attire.

Corporate Punk[]

Corporate Punk is an insult that comments on corporate businesses attempting to cash in on the punk movement, but either horribly failing or only being able to appeal to those who don't understand punk. Usually corporations scouting out members to fit a theme rather than the band coming together naturally.
For more information on this particular aesthetic, please check out the Corporate Punk page.

Corporate as Streetwear[]

Many people nowadays use Corporate attire for aesthetic purposes. It is now used for day-to-day streetwear by some people who have a preference for professionalism and maturity. Since people in general usually own formal wardrobe, this aesthetic is inclusive for everyone and therefore it has no certain community or specific names for this kind of streetwear.

This attire also serves for an entertainment purpose, such as cosplaying. From the western movie Reservoir Dogs (1992) to Japanese manga Chainsaw Man (since 2018), people are no longer limited to using Corporate wear for work.

Media[]

Tropes[]

There are several character tropes who use business attire in media:

  • Bifauxnen is a character trope in anime which originated in the 1950s from a manga series by Osamu Tezuka, the author of Astro Boy. He published Princess Knight starring a girl, Sapphire, who is raised as a valiant male prince. Some other defining Bifauxnen characters include Lady Oscar from The Rose of Versailles and Sailor Uranus (also known as Haruka Tenou) from Sailor Moon[2].
    Bifauxnen refers to masculine female characters who dresses elegantly. Usually, these characters wear men Business Professional suits to emphasize their gentlemanly nature. This trope may be the anime embodiment of women in suit.

  • Sharp-Dressed Man refers to characters whose attire are typically consist of Business Professional or Business Formal. Usually these characters are portrayed as having badass manners, attractive appearance with lavish possessions and are smart. Literary genre with these tropes include Film Noir, Heistcore, and Spy Fiction. Aesthetics that have this trope include Playboy, Teddies, Boujee, Luxury and Italian Mafia.

Anime/Mangas & Light Novel[]

  • Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto (2018-)

Books[]

  • The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker (1988)

Movies[]

  • 9 to 5 (1980)
  • American Psycho (2000)
  • Office Space (1999)
  • The Big Short (2015)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  • Up In The Air (2009)
  • Wall Street (1987)

TV Shows[]

  • 20 Things to Do Before You're 30 (2002)
  • Monday Monday (2009)
  • The Office (2005-2013)
  • Industry (2020-)
  • Severance (2022-)

Music[]

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

Spotify playlists[]

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

Communities[]

Pinterest Boards[]

YouTube[]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. How to Dress for Work: 4 Types of Office Dress Codes | MasterClass
  2. Four Different Types of Business Attire | Chron.
  3. Guide To Business Attire (With Examples) | Indeed
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