It’s Just Casual: Business Casual for Beginners

It's Just Casual: Business Casual for Beginners

It's Just Casual: Business Casual for Beginners

Business casual.  Did I give you chills?  I know that particular term can be so disconcerting for some people, and I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be anymore!  No longer do you need to fear that awkward in-between, but you can confidently rock your business cas’ to whatever event for which it’s required.

Alright, so you need to look put-together, but don’t want to come across too formal.  Let’s opt for pants and a blouse over a dress, shall we?  I typically lean towards a stretchy rayon pant in a neutral color.  Whatever you do, don’t wear denim – especially if said business casual scenario is an interview.  Just don’t do it.  This light gray pair of pants allows for plenty of color combinations, but isn’t quite as stiff as black slacks may appear.  And who said your pants must be wide-legged?  Certainly not me (though if they’re more your style then by all means, go for it).  I say try a slightly cropped skinny pant.  Break the mold!

Next comes that blouse.  This is when you dress it up a bit.  Steer clear of vibrant patterns, and look for fun twists on classic structures instead.  My adorable button-up from VIPme is longer in the back than in the front, and comes with a cropped camisole to wear beneath the sheer outer material.  This top has a boxier style to it, which lets my skin to breathe and also allows me to easily stay mobile, rather than being stuck in a rigidly tight top.  Right now this top is only $55, and with my code “Stephanie564” you can save $5 on any order over $50 when shopping with VIPme.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many business casual options their website possesses.

Last, but certainly not least, let’s talk accessories.  I believe a watch is a crucial part of any biz casual ensemble.  It eludes to order and maturity, and of course, these are qualities that everyone hopes to represent.  I was grateful for the little pop of color my Christian Paul timepiece brought to the look.  Also be sure to wear comfortable, lower-heeled shoes.  I’d also suggest flats if you’re hoping to appear even more casual.  I chose a pair of kitten-heeled sandals to complete my outfit, and I must say, for $13, these shoes from AMI Clubwear are not only a steal, but definitely going to be one of my most-worn pairs of the summer.  They’re so comfortable!

So once you’ve put together an outfit composing of simply flattering (not denim) pants, with a quirky twist on a structured blouse, and comfortably basic accessories, you’re set!  See?  I told you business casual wasn’t scary!

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top c/o VIPme | pants | heels (only $13!) | bag | sunglasses | watch

photos by Stefanie

Special thank you to VIPme for sponsoring this post

VIPme.com is positioning as a platform that empowers women to value individual perspective, to highlight self-awareness, and to cherish the inner “me.”  For a heavy dose of inspiration and some serious smiles to start your week, check out this video, and have a fantastic week, babes!
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69 Comments

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    sarah lindner
    May 15, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    I love this outfit! That top is to die for!
    XOXO
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.thehouseofsequins.com

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    Makayla M.
    May 15, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    This top is just too darn cute on you!!! I love it paired with those grey skinnies xo

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    Taylor Mobley
    May 15, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    THANK YOU for breaking this down. I never know how to dress for business casual occasions. This outfit is definitely something I would wear. You look absolutely amazing.

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    Jessica
    May 15, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    I am all about boxy tops at the moment too! They are so comfortable and cute!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    Jo
    May 15, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    This is totally my kind of business attire. It’s sophisticated and professional but I know I wouldn’t feel stuffy wearing in it, which is how I always feel if I have to wear a traditional business look. Love your tips on creating the perfect business casual look.

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

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    Mariann Yip
    May 15, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    I love VIPme! They have such great items to choose from and I also think they are geared toward business causal style but can also be worn for multiple occasions. I adore the sunglasses because it makes your outfit pop with the white top 🙂

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    Lauryn Hock
    May 15, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    I LOVE that white blouse! I need one in my closet.

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    Ashley DTKAustin
    May 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    What a cute outfit! I’m in love with those grey jeans with that top!

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    Emily
    May 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Confession: I think because my job means business casual is something that I never get to wear (elementary school teacher), the idea of dressing in a pencil skirt or with shoes with a little bit of heel sounds SO appealing to me. Love these shoes, and that price is crazy good! Also love your top, that’s got to be so versatile. I kind the looser fit of it, very appropriate for something such as an interview!
    Emily
    http://darlingdearestblog.com

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    Laura Leigh
    May 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    That top is SO adorable! I love it lady!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

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    Lee Anne
    May 15, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Ah the dreaded business casual! Such a fine line, lol. You look so cute, babe!

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

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    Stefanie
    May 15, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    these pictures, this location, that top… all amazing!! you make business casual look clean, sexy and classy! 🙂 xo

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    Julia Comil
    May 15, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    I absolutely love your business casual look! Just perfect!

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    Morgan Lillian
    May 15, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    I love that VIPme is all about empowering women. I could definitely get behind that brand!!

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    LE BLONDE
    May 15, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Love how you easily created this look and the twist on your sunnies!!

    XOLB

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    Maggie
    May 15, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    I love this pretty top! Business casual is the best attire for the office!

    Maggie
    http://www.polishedclosets.com

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    Christine Kong
    May 15, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    This is really a great business casual look. I love that you point out that denim is not that acceptable as business casual. I think living on the West Coast we tend to be more casual but denim is probably something you wear more for casual Fridays and not business casual. =) The low heel shoes and the watch are great accessories and definitely add a more professional vibe to the outfit. xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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    Sharon Wu
    May 15, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    loving this business casual look babe! as someone who works from home full-time it’s fun to play dress-up every now and then without looking too formal haha. happy monday darling! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/one-piece-swimsuits-worth-tan-lines/
    @stylelullaby

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    Christina
    May 15, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    I love the Chloe bag! Do you like it? I have the Marcie but love yours too!

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    Tiffani at Breton Bay
    May 15, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Love this look for business casual!! The grey and white look so good together!! And loving those shoes at that price point 🙌🏻

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

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    Yasmin
    May 15, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    I love the hi-low length of that blouse. It’s so cute. I don’t wear business formal anymore now that I work in the creative industry, but business casual is sometimes called for with new clients and such. Thanks for the cute style inspo!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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    Jordan Chapman
    May 15, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    I’m loving the grey trousers!! They’re definitely something I could wear with confidence and you look amazing in them! This is an amazing look for work and you kill this look!
    Jordan xx
    http://thehatlogic.com

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    Gracie
    May 15, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    I love the VIPme blouse. It looks great with your skinny jeans. I am not ready to get into the business world to work but I could certainly would wear this anywhere.

    Xxgracie

    snappedbygracie.com

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    Emily Lunstroth
    May 15, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    I’m so with you! I had a friend one time who told me she was going to wear jeans to an interview in the music industry and I freaked and was like NOOO jeans ever!!!!

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    cocorosa
    May 15, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    Gorgeous outfit babe! Loving your shoes so much! xoxo

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    Lauren
    May 15, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    Business casual is the biggest struggle I swear! I love this look and I’ve been doing a lot of block heels with my business casual looks recently. That blouse is also super flattering on you too 🙂

    Xx,

    Lauren // http://www.mylifeaslaurr.com

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    Bella
    May 15, 2017 at 10:48 PM

    You look flawless! I love those shoes they are to die for!

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    Candace
    May 16, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    Business casual can definitely be tricky nowadays, especially with the newer generation and the variations on the styles we used to wear when we were younger. I’d definitely share your tips on how it should be done. I agree with everything you’ve named, including the actual outfit you put together. You can never go wrong with a nice pair of denim or heels 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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    Laura Angelone
    May 16, 2017 at 2:15 AM

    It’s a great idea of business casual outfit. I love the Christian Paul watch!
    xx
    Laura
    http://www.initialsla.com

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    Iliana
    May 16, 2017 at 2:39 AM

    Okay there are a lot of reasons why I love this look! First, it’s super, easy rash and adorable. Second, I would so see myself wearing this. Third, it’s perfect for Friday casual at work. Lastly we get a few bucks off, I mean it can’t get any better than? I’m totally buying that blouse 🙂

    Xx
    Iliana | http://www.sophisticatedfashionista.com

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    Hayley Dobson
    May 16, 2017 at 2:58 AM

    I love the pretty white shirt it’s gorgeous, and that watch is TDF!

    X Hayley
    https://mydebeauvoirdiaries.com/

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    Hanna Isabelle
    May 16, 2017 at 4:12 AM

    Such a cute look on you! I love the light gray pants 🙂

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    kileen
    May 16, 2017 at 4:20 AM

    this is a great look and i love your top!

    kileen
    cute & little

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    Saskia Ciliberto
    May 16, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Wow I love this outfit, and the watch is amazing <3

    SASKIA CILIBERTO

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    Samantha
    May 16, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    These white shoes are FABULOUS and I love how you styled this look! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.thefitbrunette.com
    @samanthabowers_

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    Lily
    May 16, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    I love this — I really need to build up my business casual wardrobe. I hope to begin real estate this summer and I will definitely need a variety of good pieces. You look fabulous!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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    Danielle
    May 16, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    These grey pants are to die for! Such a pretty color for the Spring and Summer seasons!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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    Nataly
    May 16, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    I am all about business casual at work! You nailed this look girl! I love those grey pants.

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    Nicole Green
    May 16, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Love these sunglasses and your pretty watch!

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    Morgan England
    May 16, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    I love how you have created business casual in such a cool way! You really can wear your favorite pieces even at work 🙂

    XO Morgan
    http://www.styleonedge.net

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    Rachael Thomas
    May 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    I’m loving this business casual look! Such a pretty blouse, and the grey pants are perfect!
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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    Monic
    May 16, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    I am in awe of this look you created so chic and comfy!

    Monic

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    Rachel
    May 16, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Business casual seriously stresses me the heck out! Love this outfit and your block heeled sandals.

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

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    Lauren
    May 16, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    I love those gray pants, the color is so pretty, especially paired with that white top!

    xx,
    Lauren

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    Amanda U.
    May 16, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    This is the perfect business casual outfit, I love everything. These pants are amazing, I feel like I need to snag these. Also, you nailed it with the details – gorgeous girl!

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    Lindsey
    May 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Such a cute take on office wear! Loved this top when I saw you wearing it on insta and love it even more now!

    Lindsey
    http://www.seamlesssea.com

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    Courtney Andrews
    May 16, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    I love this entire outfit, especially your sunglasses! I’ve been looking for some new grey pants for work so I’ll have to check these out!

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    Jenna Colgrove
    May 16, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    that grey bag is giving me all the feels!

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    Primrose Bigwood
    May 17, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Love this look, so perfect against your hair! Those sunnies are gorgeous! x

    http://www.stylepetal.co.uk

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    Anna English
    May 17, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    I love the details on that boxy top!

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    Claire Liu
    May 17, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    Loving this soft toned outfit! Very clean and fresh!

    xo, Claire | VONVOGUE.COM

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    Bryanna
    May 17, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    I really love how the business casual mod is starting to wear down. Dressing up is all about showing creativity, while showing you are professional. How says and all black suit is the way to go? It’s time to spice things up, and you did just that. And flawlessly, I might add. That top is just perfect for the office, and I think it would look super cute with a skirt for an interview.

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

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    Jenn Hanft
    May 18, 2017 at 3:21 AM

    Ahh this business casual look is so elegant and effortless! I used to be so hesitant on what to wear because how casual is casual? ;D but seriously you put this together so nicely!!!

    With love, Jenn
    https://www.jubilantdose.com

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    Bernice
    May 18, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Love this look! Business casual is something I’m only getting the knack of now haha

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/05/18/Intimate-In-the-Streets-and-In-The-Sheets

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    Teresa
    May 18, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Loving this look! That shade of grey is the prettiest. I always struggle to find the perfect business casual looks, so this is perfect!

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    EMILY
    May 18, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    This is such a good look- I’m obsessed with that top!

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    Kelly @Birdieshoots
    May 18, 2017 at 12:16 PM

    Business casual is always such a hard term to deciefer! I’m loving your take on it!

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    Sabrina Tan
    May 18, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    loving that watch!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

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    Lavenda Memory
    May 18, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Such a cute look. Love the light colors!

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    Stuart Brazell
    May 18, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    I’m crazy for your gray pants!

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    Jessie
    May 18, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    Love your business casual babe! I could totally see myself style like this for a causal Friday in the office. Btw, those shoes are so stylish and pretty, can’t believe they are only $13 a pair! What a bargain! i need to get a pair for myself.

    xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/calm-the-fxxx-down/

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    Helen Chik
    May 18, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    When I use to work in the corporate world it was always a fine line on what you could wear for casual fridays and what you couldn’t but this look would definitely be perfect for it! The blouse is gorgeous on you too!

    Helen xx
    http://helenchik.com

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    Gita
    May 18, 2017 at 11:38 PM

    This is my kind of business casual 😉

    – Gita (mimiandchichi.com)

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    Samantha Mariko
    May 20, 2017 at 11:41 PM

    This is business casual done right! You could totally head out straight for dinner and drinks after work in this! cute watch as well 🙂
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

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    angelle Marix
    May 21, 2017 at 11:31 PM

    Love this outfit. The jeans are so perfect on you!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

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    Deddeh Howard
    May 22, 2017 at 11:27 PM

    You make everything look so beautiful, I love the whole look. That top is my favorite tho.

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    Lacey-The Glitter Gospel
    May 23, 2017 at 7:09 AM

    I love the white and gray! So pretty!

    xx,

    Lacey
    http://theglittergospelblog.com

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    Taylor - Lights Camera Catwalk
    May 24, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Obsessed with that top on you!

    Xx Taylor
    http://lightscameracatwalk.com/

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    marcy
    May 25, 2017 at 2:15 AM

    Love seeing you in a business attire babe!!! Its amazing how you try different styles without loosing your DNA!! LOVE that cute white top. Would love to see more bunnies causal options

    xoxo
    Marcy

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