How To Personalize Business Casual Dress Codes

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Ah, classic business casual. So professional, so modest, so blah. I don’t know about you, but whenever I see that a dress code is business casual, I tense up a bit. Is it more business casual casual? Or is it more business business casual? Believe me, there’s a difference, and it’s important.

More and more often, depending on the industry you’re going into, business causal is becoming a bit more lax. Jeans are okay, as long as they’re not ripped. Dresses don’t necessarily have to reach your finger tips, but make sure they’re still appropriate. That kind of thing. However, there are still quite a few industries that do demand the modesty and professionalism that the original business casual intended.

So here’s the question (and you probably already know the answer based off the title of this post): Can you make business casual stylish? And the answer is yes, you absolutely can! 

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Play with color

Color can make a huge difference in making your look more personalized! No one said that workwear had to be black, white, and shades of tan! If you look stunning in baby blue, then wear it to the office!

One thing I would suggest though is to leave the neon at home. Unless you work in a cubicle, fluorescent green could get a bit distracting to others.

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Layer it up!

Layers are a great way to amp up your work look! You can use them to add that pop of color I mentioned earlier, to make your look more stylin’, and to help combat against a freakin’ cold office. Seriously, does anyone know why offices are always freezing no matter how hot it is outside? Black magic, I’m thinking.

Let me tell you a story about this particular outfit. I tried to put it on the blog a couple months back, but at that point it was still summer and I didn’t want to add an extra layer. We got a few good pictures from the shoot (one of which y’all loved on Insta for some reason), but it just didn’t feel right. Regardless of how it actually looked, I felt a bit frumpy in the dress, and that is NEVER a good thing. However, once I layered on this burgundy moto jacket, I felt like a whole new woman! Like I said, layering fixes everything.

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Experiment with silhouettes

So you can’t wear jeans to work? That’s a sad story, but you’re not actually limited to plain black dress pants. You could try culottes, tapered “paper bag” pants, or a skinnier fit. The same could apply to dresses, skirts, and even blazers! Make sure that whatever you wear does abide by the dress code, but give it an extra flair!

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Accessorize!

Accessories are an important component to any outfit, but they’re especially important when the rest of your look is more heavily monitored. Experiment with big earrings, a statement necklace, or a really rad belt! Make Deborah from accounting jealous that she doesn’t have your accessorizing #skillz!

Speaking of accessorizing, aren’t these rose gold bauble earrings so cute? I got them from a boutique in Asheville this summer, and I’ve been having so much fun styling them!

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So there are probably a lot more ways to personalize your business casual look, but the 4 I mentioned today are definitely key players. I know some of you are lucky ducks who don’t have to worry about dress codes, but to all my readers who do: solidarity, sister!

How to you personalize your dress code? Better yet, what IS your work dress code? I’m an apparel major so workplace fashion interests me! Let me know in the comments!

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38 Replies to “How To Personalize Business Casual Dress Codes”

  1. What great tips! I love layering professional outfits. Whenever I had to dress up for work, I would layer a cardigan with a dress or layer a patterned button down with a blazer. I kinda miss dressing up for work everyday. Now I get to work in my PJ’s haha! 🙂

    1. Haha working in PJ’s sounds great too!

  2. That’s awesome! It can be hard with dresscodes, but I am all for personalizing where I can. I like the addition of that jacket with the dress!

    1. Thank you Kristin!

  3. Erika | MyRevampedLife.com says: Reply

    Love this! totally agree that some great jewelry pieces and a jacket/blazer can dress up any casual outfit. You also look SO super cute!! xoxo, erika

    1. Thank you Erika!

  4. Anna this outfit is ADORABLE!!! Honestly I love business casual!! My internship last year had it, and I kind of miss dressing that way every day!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. Thank you Annaliese!!

  5. I love how you styled this dress!

  6. That jacket is the perfect touch! Love it!

  7. Looking fab, Anna! No matter what you wear to work, your smile is always your finest accessory!

    1. Awww thanks Aunt Charlotte!

  8. Such a cute jacket!

    1. Thanks McKenna!

  9. This was AWESOME, Anna! You are so chic – love that jacket. The color of it is stunning! Also, those earrings are all the heart eyes.

    1. Thank you so much Summer!

  10. You definitely rock that jacket! Pretty!

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  11. Loved this! Layering is so chic for the office. Workwear should be all about looking professional but also feeling comfortable.
    -Emily
    http://norepeatsorhesitations.com

    1. I totally agree! Thanks Emily!

  12. Love that jacket. I am always looking for a great jacket (that has colour) I can pair with multiple outfits. Super cute dress too.

    1. Thanks Yolanda! A nice jacket like that is always great to have!

  13. Love these tips and love the look! That jacket is so cute!

  14. Love this look its so chic!! The burgundy jacket is adorable.

    1. Thank you Bella!

  15. I love that jacket on you, Anna! SO SO cute.

  16. I love the color of your jacket! It looks so good!

    1. Thank you Melissa!

  17. I love the jacket!! Looks like it would work with so many outfits

    1. Thank you! It does!

  18. Can you be my personal stylist? Your outfits are always so cute!

    1. Haha thanks Christina! And I do have styling services if you want to check them out! (they’re on the top menu bar)

  19. Love this post!! I don’t get to wear cute clothes to work, I’m a nurse so I get to wear scrubs. But I love how you personalize your workwear!

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