My darling friend Shane tweeted me the other day asking for a special blog post. She asked for a post on “cute edgy business casual” clothes. I was definitely up for the challenge! I’ve put together some items that I think would be great in a stylish business wardrobe.
Starting from the top! Right now there’s a throwback to cute office girl blouses. My recommendation is to find one in a cute color, pattern or with a little embellishment like ruffles. I’ve included sheer options; if you are in an office, make sure you wear a camisole underneath (Old Navy has great camis in lots of colors that go well underneath these blouses), and depending on how sheer they are, you might want to even put a jacket or cardigan over it.
A few good pairs of trousers are key. I like the versatility of a wide-legged pant; I also love the look of a cuff. In most business settings, skinny trousers aren’t very appropriate; if you choose to go skinny, I would say go with a nice fabric (lik tweed, here), and go for a cropped trouser and a heel. Something about the crop makes it a little more fashion forward.
Pencil skirts are a classic choice for work; a high-waisted skirt adds an edge to your regular pencil skirt. For a more relaxed look, an A-Line skirt works well, too. Shoot for a hemline just above or at the knee. And yay for bright colors and prints! A skirt is the perfect place for it.
If your office is even more casual, I have some options for that, too! I always am attracted to clothing with a little something extra–a print, an embellishment, or ruching. For summer, tunics in silk or chiffon are comfortable and stylish.
Stick to a classic style for your more casual pant; but change up the fabric. A relaxed cotton or linen, or even a dark lightweight denim can work for the casual office. I picked out another couple of pairs with wide legs, but a straight leg pant is great, too. I LOVE the pair on the right.
Now on to my favorite bit–work dresses! A classic shift dress is always work-appropriate. Again, if you work in a more conservative office, sleeveless dresses should be covered up with a cardigan or jacket. I’m loving the retro 60’s mod style coming back in for work.
Speaking of those jackets and cardigans…finding a good cardigan that’s not baggy and saggy is worth its weight in gold. Overly air-conditioned offices call for a neutral cardi just hanging around. Find a tissue-weight cardigan or a cropped cardigan for spring and summer days, or a cute short-sleeved jacket.
Extra bonus: Summer dresses! It’s coming up! I love the sunshine colors of these work-appropriate dresses. Perfect for the sweltering days ahead.
Thanks to Shane for the idea! Hope you find at least a couple of things that you like!