Friday, June 4, 2010

fashion friday: business casual

There is something slightly invigorating about creating business casual appropriate outfits. Maybe it's the fact that you have the occasion to wear one, which means you must be doing something important, that provides the rush... or that this style is different from an outfit I would normally put together. Business casual is the 'dress' that most likely, a college graduate will come to get used to. I worked in the admissions office this past fall at my college giving interviews to potential applicants. The experience gave me an opportunity to figure out exactly what 'business casual' actually entails, and I found that Theory, J. Crew, Ann Taylor Loft and Gap provided consistent pieces for outfits time and time again. It's all about having plain basics, and then dressing them up a slightly different way every time with fun earrings, necklaces and scarves. I would like to share with you my mom's best words of advice: buy a good, quality (and hence, probably expensive) pair of shoes. Go to Nordstrom or Lord and Taylor and bite the bullet because your feet will thank you for years to come. Sure, maybe that means you only have a few pairs of shoes instead of dozens of cheap ones, but it is SO worth it. Comfort is key for a long day in the office, not to mention that you will feel like a million dollars with shoes you love. You will not experience the dreaded buyer's remorse if you follow this advice! That all being said, here are some outfits that I think are good examples of business casual:

See, business casual can be fun!



  1. I am in love with the pink flats. I agree- plain business clothes are a thing of the past! Just because we work with the men doesn't mean we need to dress like them.