Monday, February 24, 2014

Mastering Business Casual

I see a wide variety of outfits at my clients' offices, and I've noticed that many women don't understand the basics of "business casual." The prevailing rule of thumb for business casual is dressed-down professional wear, not a wardrobe free-for-all. Here are some quick tips:

Do pick pieces that comply with your company's dress code. For example, if jeans are not allowed, then dark-wash denim still won't fly on business-casual day, so choose khakis or a pencil skirt instead.

Don't get beachy. Flip flops, maxi dresses, and swimsuit cover ups (yep, I've seen it) are absolute no-nos.

Do stick with the classics. Trousers with a tucked in blouse, or a pencil skirt and a cardigan are excellent choices for the office.

Don't choose leggings over pants. Yes, leggings are comfy, but you can save them for the weekend.

Don't bare it all. If you have a low cut top, wear a camisole underneath. You might also consider balancing out your look with a blazer, cardigan, or a statement necklace to draw attention elsewhere.

Do add interest. Dress up a neutral outfit with a statement piece (think: a sparkly bracelet or some awesome earrings) or a pop of color.  Business casual doesn't have to be boring.

If you're still not quite sure how to rock the business casual look, take cues from female leaders in your office. Hopefully they're setting a good example! If not, here's a little bit of extra inspiration straight from Pinterest:

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