Here’s how to build up your business casual wardrobe.
Start With the Basics
A well-rounded assortment of basic pieces is the perfect starting point for your business casual attire. Think of them as the foundation of your wardrobe that you will build on with trends and unique details to create a nine-to-five ensemble that’s tailored to your specific style.
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When it’s time to get down to business, throw a blazer over your t-shirt and jeans combo for an office-appropriate ensemble. Bring two blazers to the party—a classic black or navy option and a fun, day-to-night hue.
Neutral Blouses & Button-downs
Button-downs, chambray shirts and slim fit sweaters are the building blocks of business casual. These staples will play well with a printed pencil skirt, your favorite trouser and your tried and true blues.
Easy Care Pants
From crisp bootcut jeans to cropped chinos, having a variety of dress pants in different silhouettes will make it easier to assemble your 9 to 5 outfit every morning.
Dresses & Skirts
Get dressy, but not too dressed up with shift dresses and skirts in prints and solids. Rule of thumb: A shift dress or a shirt dress are the best options for the work week.
Add Color, Patterns & Texture
Once your closet is stocked up with the business casual basics, it’s time to mix it up with bold colors, eye catching patterns and subtle textures.
Keep it classic in a pinstriped top to add length to your torso or show a bit of your personality by flaunting your favorite print. A pop of pattern is perfect for sporting under a traditional blazer for a look that’s on-trend and still professional.
Pencil skirts aren’t your only option! For a fresh take, try a midi-length skirt that hits just below the knee in a on-trend seasonal hue.
Play with textured fabrics like lace or velvet to add depth to a desk-to-dinner-ready ensemble.
Top it Off with Accessories & Shoes
Flats are one of our favorite go-to shoes for a day at the office. Add power to your look in a pointed-toe d’orsay or borrow a look from the boys with a menswear-inspired Oxford loafer.
Invest in a pair of go-to pumps that works with just about any piece in your workwear wardrobe. Think essential shades like black, taupe, and navy to get the pump party started.
Now it’s time to figure out where your essentials will go. Add a leather (or faux leather!) bag in a neutral hue for maximum mix and match potential.
Once you have your staples set in place, building the perfect outfit will make your mornings a breeze.
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