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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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