Often we get confused on the business casual dress code. We don’t know whether to lean towards casual and boring or go straight to all business no play. It can cause major anxiety when attending work related events! However, I am here to put a stop to that today. You can style and profile on the job while still keeping it professional. Yes, we all know the suit and tie or black slacks and silk tops are office staples, but adding your own touch could brighten your office and even give you some extra motivation for getting things done like a BOSS! Check out how I added flair to office attire here, and look at the tips below for help with your wardrobe.
1. There isn’t a lot of variety when it comes to work attire, so the key is to be creative in your approach. Neutrals are the go to for office wear, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Take a look at the outfit below. I am wearing all white. The blazer actually has a hint of light blue that completes the look in a cool way. Blazers can work with any business casual look. They can be paired with a skirt, jeans, and even a dress.
2. Always pair a casual work outfit with a pair of heels. It brings a certain power to your look. The heels do not have to be six inches or anything crazy, you can even do a great platform or block heel like below. The high heels will add the image in support of keeping your casual work style more professional. The shoes I wore in the look below are great for adding some fun into your work life. The silver adds a sparkle. These are no longer available but here are some other options.
3. Don’t be afraid of a pop of color. I know we are taught to stick to neutrals when it comes to business, but playing in color never broke a deal. Add color in a subtle way; such as with your shoes. Pair a red, green, or striped shoe with your basic black suit or dress. You can also pair a printed dress with neutral shoes and a jacket. Lastly, you can pair a patterned top with neutral bottoms and colored shoes. There are many possible ways to add color to your work wardrobe without taking it overboard.
4. Accessories are life. Accessories always add to an outfit. They give us that extra swag! For business casual, you want to keep the accessories minimal in appearance and color, but you should still have them. A great bag always adds to a look, whether it be your briefcase or your personal purse, invest in a great professional bag to have at your side. Jewelry also adds a nice touch. I wore hoop earrings with this look, which may not be professional for your office meeting, so the key is to find jewels that fit your office setting. Keep the jewelry cute but not gaudy! Let’s not forget a great pair of sunnies. That is for those outside business meetings maybe at a work brunch, or daytime golfing meet up. Sunglasses are so necessary! We know accessories can make or break an outfit, and this is even more true for business casual attire so be wise in your selection.
This look is from Target, which is one of my favorite budget friendly shopping destinations. Below are links to some of my other picks for business attire.