“Business Casual” Staples
The workplace environment is ever changing and I am constantly hearing the term “business casual.” What does business casual mean? There is a common misconception for what is or is not allowed in the workplace accepting of a ‘business casual’ style. Now, certain companies will include jeans in this type of environment and others will not. This can cause great confusion to the individual who just wants to dress appropriately for the work day and later finishing the day with errands or catching up with friends.
There are many variations that can be used considering there are multiple options with women’s trends. In this case, I’m only going to focus on classic items that can be worn in multiple business environments. Here is a list of the top 3 staple items to have in your closet for the ‘business casual’ office.
1. Power Suit
Every woman should have a “power suit,” easily defined as a matching blazer and slack or skirt which is typically black. If you want something that can me mixed and matched, then choose to find a neutral blazer with a few pant options. From there you can add splashes of color with blouse variations or stick with a classic woman’s button down.
2. Dress/Skirt Combo
Another great option for the office is a dress or the classic skirt and blouse combination. The key idea is to always make sure the dress has enough length, at the knee or just slightly above. Remember you’re going for professional, not baring it all to the office. I love to find a patterned dress and pair it with a plain cardigan or jacket if it has no sleeves. When wearing a skirt at the office, I like to choose a neutral color and add a blouse with bright colors or fun patterns. The neutral color choice for a skirt allows multiple options with blouses.
3. Classic Button-Up
That’s right ladies! Even though this is a classic staple for men, it is the perfect piece to add to your wardrobe for the office. I used to believe button-ups were boring and now I realize all the options available for this versatile item. Try to pair it with a v-neck sweater for the fall and in the summer find a sleeveless dress to wear over. The collared shirt can be worn underneath a sport jacket or worn solo with your favorite accessories. My go-to accessory is adding a silk scarf for a more professional look. If you have only one button-up, I suggest you create a small army in your closet to be prepared for any work environment.
Not sure if your outfit is work appropriate? Whenever I dress myself in the morning, I will look in the mirror and ask the question “Is this appropriate?” If I have any doubts in my head of whether or not it is acceptable, I choose to find something else. Try this next time and be confident in knowing you are dressed for success!