Jeanne: my guess is that "California business casual" can mean anything from "slightly more informal than East Coast business casual" to "anything goes". Possibly it also connotes some combination of "you don't need to bundle up against the cold" and "seasons don't really exist here, so don't worry about seasonal fashion rules". But I suspect it still means different things to different people, and in different contexts. Probably not much help, but that's all I can think of.
They tried to describe it a little, but it sounded the same as we define business casual on the east coast. (polos, etc.) I think I'm just going to wear what I would wear for business casual in NY and be done with it. Unless someone posts a better answer here.
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I think if it they feel it needs to be described, it's probably not "anything goes" at least.
Jeanne wrote:I think I'm just going to wear what I would wear for business casual in NY and be done with it.
Not a bad idea. At worst, you're kind of hot (in the temperature sense) and you look like you're from the East Coast. Which they will probably figure out anyway; no biggie.
Jeanne wrote:Unless someone posts a better answer here.
Probably you need a female perspective here, at least as much as a Californian perspective. Perhaps my long-lost cousin Martha can lend a hand...
fred rosenberger wrote:I found this, which implies shorts and T-shirts are OK.
That link defines "California casual", which actually is the dress code in my office, though I think it would be described as "no dress code". I would imagine "California business casual" would be a bit more formal than that. Also, there's a significant difference between what's acceptable in Northern vs. Southern California. As for weather, I don't know where Jeanne is headed, but most of California hasn't really been all that warm this summer. Certainly not as warm as the east coast. My advice is to split the difference between beach togs and a power suit, and you'll be fine.