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

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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

  1. May 15, 2017 / 9:54 AM

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

  2. May 15, 2017 / 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.

  3. May 15, 2017 / 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

  4. May 15, 2017 / 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 🙂

  5. May 15, 2017 / 10:42 AM

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

  6. May 15, 2017 / 11:00 AM

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

  7. May 15, 2017 / 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

  8. May 15, 2017 / 11:31 AM

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

  9. May 15, 2017 / 11:32 AM

    I absolutely love your business casual look! Just perfect!

  10. May 15, 2017 / 12:38 PM

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

  11. May 15, 2017 / 2:05 PM

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

    XOLB

  12. May 15, 2017 / 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/

  13. May 15, 2017 / 4:16 PM

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

  14. May 15, 2017 / 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

  15. May 15, 2017 / 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

  16. May 15, 2017 / 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

  17. Emily Lunstroth
    May 15, 2017 / 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!!!!

  18. May 15, 2017 / 9:39 PM

    Gorgeous outfit babe! Loving your shoes so much! xoxo

  19. May 15, 2017 / 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

  20. May 15, 2017 / 10:48 PM

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

  21. May 16, 2017 / 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

  22. May 16, 2017 / 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

  23. Hanna Isabelle
    May 16, 2017 / 4:12 AM

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

  24. May 16, 2017 / 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

  25. Danielle
    May 16, 2017 / 10:20 AM

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

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  26. Nataly
    May 16, 2017 / 10:22 AM

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

  27. May 16, 2017 / 12:12 PM

    Love these sunglasses and your pretty watch!

  28. Monic
    May 16, 2017 / 2:26 PM

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

    Monic

  29. May 16, 2017 / 4:20 PM

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

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

  30. Lauren
    May 16, 2017 / 4:35 PM

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

    xx,
    Lauren

  31. May 16, 2017 / 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!

  32. May 16, 2017 / 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!

  33. Anna English
    May 17, 2017 / 3:53 PM

    I love the details on that boxy top!

  34. May 17, 2017 / 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

  35. May 18, 2017 / 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

  36. Teresa
    May 18, 2017 / 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!

  37. May 18, 2017 / 12:10 PM

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

  38. May 18, 2017 / 12:16 PM

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

  39. May 18, 2017 / 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/

  40. May 18, 2017 / 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

  41. May 18, 2017 / 11:38 PM

    This is my kind of business casual 😉

    – Gita (mimiandchichi.com)

  42. May 22, 2017 / 11:27 PM

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

  43. May 25, 2017 / 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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