A Fierce business casual.

on Mar 17, 2009 @ 09:15 am

My job's fashion style is labelled as "Business Casual" and I am trying to get away from the casual to more of the business. I'm quite young for my position and although I want a sexy and stylish new business look, I don't want people to look at me and think I am trying too hard or look like I am a little girl trying on "mommy's big girl clothes". I have started accessorizing my current wardrobe with nice dangly earrings and heels but I want to build on the clothing aspect. Any advice would gladly be appreciated :)

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business casual on Mar 17, 2009 @ 01:44 pm

Women can wear casual pants or skirts. Neither should be tight. Fabrics should be crisp; colors should generally be solid; navy, black, gray, brown and khaki are always safe bets.
Your skirt should come at least to your knees while you are standing. While you are seated, your thighs should be covered.
For shirts, cotton, silk, and blends are appropriate. Velvets and shimmery fabrics suitable for parties are not appropriate. Fit should not be tight. Cleavage is not appropriate to business and job search occasions.
Keep makeup looking natural, not club like.
For shoes, clunky heels and platforms or flip flops are not appropriate...

I hope this helps! I am working on an article on this very topic!


That's sounds nice... on Mar 18, 2009 @ 09:18 am

That is pretty much how I dress now. It's very Plain Jane and i'm not being taken seriously from Corporate Department Heads. I don't want to look slutty but I also want something that is feminine yet business appropriate. I tend to wear grey or black business pants (which tend to be high waisted and make me look like I have a tire around my mid-section) with a neutral kitten heel. I sometimes try to dress it up with a nice scarf or some silver/gold bangles. Nothing seems to make me feel good wearing them.
Where would one go to find a nice skirt suit? Or coloured blazers for spring/summer?
I want to feel like I look good at work. I know what a great job I do and I just need my clients and my bosses to know that I take my job and it's corporate look seriously.

Hmmm on Mar 18, 2009 @ 02:09 pm

not sure where you live but I always shopped at RW&Co;when I was looking for work skirts etc, they sell good quality stuff that is well tailored. Their prices are a bit higher than some other stores but not as expensive as Mexx etc.

Different opinion... on Mar 18, 2009 @ 04:00 pm

I had written a long blurb but then hit the 'back' button and lost it all! GAH!

Anyhow, long story short. I work at an office that requests 'business casual' as well and I don't dress in neutral colors, plain patterns or knee length skirts. The great part is it doesn't come across as inappropriate. You are allowed to be stylish at work - to a certain extent. Of course, don't show up in your clubbing outfits.

Confidence = respect and being taken seriously. What outfits make you feel confident?

The Devil Wears Prada provides a great example for what type of clothing I'm speaking about. Here's a sample link in case you haven't seen the movie:


Thanks ladies! on Mar 18, 2009 @ 05:12 pm

I think it is the winter weather bringing me down. I hate having to wear dress slacks all the time and I can't wait for spring/summer to arrive so more stores will be stocked with bright colours for the season. I noticed everything in my wardrobe is black and white or grey.
I'm going to try Mexx and H&M;as soon as more spring colours come out. I'm also hoping my boyfriend and I can go accessory shopping together for spring. (I'm dating a man who loves to shop more than me. Who is better at accessorizing and changes his style at least once a year.) Hopefully I can find a nice classy yet flashy watch :)

Also, I watched The Devil Wears Prada and have started to incorporate more diamonds and high waisted pencil skirts into my wardrobe. Although I tend to dress up like that more for when I go out to a fancy restaraunt. But maybe I should go to work dressed like it is a fancy restaraunt.

For sure! on Mar 18, 2009 @ 08:05 pm

You are completely right marayna! I think it depends on what industry you are in. If you are a law clerk it is likely better to shy away from the crazy bold colors but if you are in advertising, color would show your personality! I think it all depends on where you work. All the best on your search for work attire misslissa! I remember when I started working somewhere new and looking for my new work wardrobe...it was so much fun! I hadneutral basics with hits of color in my wardrobe...mind you now I work from home so I wear lululemon whatever now! :o)

Suzy Sheir on Mar 19, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

Its definitely hard to dress appropriately for work when you're younger than most. You don't want to look like you think you're a hot shot, but you also don't want to look too plain either. I was in the exact same position when I started at my office job so I know exactly how you feel. I think the other ladies have done an excellent job describing business casual, I would just like to add that you should look at Suzy Sheir for some nice work clothes. They have tons of nice dress tops that have cute little flares so they don't look same old same old, and they also have a lot of dress pants. The best part is that it is all very well priced, so you can revamp your wardrobe for relatively little money. I have found my best strategy is to spend more on the classic pieces (like your basic black, tan, navy dress pants and skirts) as well as well fitting blazers, and a good pair of versatile heels, and then spending a little less on cute and fun tops to go with them. I think with good staples and cheaper accent items you can make your wardrobe look fun and business casual all at once. Other stores I also like are Jacob (although its a lot more expensive) and Joe Fresh. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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