Simple Formulas for Business Casual

{how to wear business casual}

A few of our favorite readers have requested more posts focused on business casual.  So, we’ve come up with simple formulas for our go-to business casual looks:

1.  A-line skirt + button-up + chunky bracelets

As we recently revealed, we’re obsessed with A-line skirts.  The feminine, flowy look is perfect for business casual (as opposed to the structured look of a tailored pencil skirt).  Pair your A-line with a preppy blouse or button-up top to look professional yet comfortable.  Embellish the look with heels and layered chunky bracelets.  The masculine look of bold jewelry balances out the feminine skirt.  This textured minnie skirt from Maxmara is gorgeous, perfect for spring wear in- and outside of the office!

Aline Business Cas

2.  Cropped pants + billowy blouse + chic pumps or flats

We love the look of a tailored cropped slack paired with an untucked blouse.  Make sure to pair an untucked blouse with a neat shoe- either a patterned pointy-toe flat or a preppy pump.  A bunch of retailers are featuring colorful cropped pants (J.Crew and Banana Republic, as examples) for spring- these would be great with a neutral shoe and a classic white or black blouse.

cropped pants and blouse

3.  Fitted sweater + wide-leg trousers + belt

Menswear inspired trousers are always office-appropriate.  Pair them with a fitted sweater or blouse to balance out the volume.  Throw on a skinny belt and you’re good to go.  (ASOS has a bunch of wide-leg trouser options right now, in regular, curvy and petite!)

wide leg trouser

4.  Pencil skirt + pumps + statement necklace/scarf

This final look is a go-to for a reason.  It’s classic, sophisticated and easy to put together.  Look for pencil skirts that are tailored to emphasize your shape, but make sure they have a slit in the back so that you’re able to walk without issue.  Pull the simple skirt + top combo together with a statement necklace or scarf.  (We love this Pencil Skirt from French Connection, especially- it runs small, so purchase a size up!)

pencil skirt

What is your business casual look of choice?

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