(Closed) Putting together business casual outfits?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would get another pair of pants and maybe a neutral skirt and spend the rest of tops.  I would suggest some stylish cardigans and short sleeve shirts (either button up or shells) to wear underneath.  These will take you to and into summer.  Make sure everything is mix and match so you can expand your wardrobe.  🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Considering you already have slacks and sweaters, I would get some button up shirts that can be worn with the sweaters or by themselves.  You should be able to get 3-4.  🙂

I don’t wear pants – I wear dresses, skirts/blouses.  Today I have a tan corderoy skirt with a blue/green/tan/ivory paisley top, with black tights and black flats. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@roweboat:  I’d say to buy a few good blazers. You don’t have to do it right away… maybe save up for them. Yeah good ones can run you $200+, but they last for years. You could find a good one on sale for $80 I’m sure.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Agreed, I would see how much you can get for your money by shopping around (even check out thrift stores or if you have an Ann Taylor Outlet store they have great clearance racks for cheap!) and get a couple button up shirts as well as a blazer.  

Between the sweaters, the shirts and a blazer you can pair them all together in various ways to make new outfits. 

And to make them more varied you may already have suff you can use. Maybe a belt to belt the sweater or shirt. Or a scarf.   

And a versatile pair of black closed toed heels. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@roweboat:  JC Penney and Sears are really great for staples, such as pencil skirts, tops.  For more fashionable clothing, The Limited and Ann Taylor Loft are great.  I actually sew most of my own clothing, but when I buy something, I’ll go to those places.  And if you can get to a J Crew outlet, that is GOLD!  Great work staples there!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’d buy a black pencil skirt and a smart blouse/shirt. See if you can also find a nice blazer or a neutral-coloured cardigan in the sales (maybe from Zara or similar) and wear with nude or black heels. You can make so many outfits out of these staples if you mix in more casual tops that you already own.

Later you can gradually add in other items like a black or cream shift dress to wear with the heels and maybe some chunky jewelry.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Oooh, Banana Republic sale – go go go!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate

I really like New York and Co for work clothes.  Sometimes they even have buy one get one free sales on nice work pants!

I can’t wear skirts to work or open toed shoes (sometimes have to go into an electrical lab setting), so my wardrobe is mainly dress slacks (black, grey, tan), low closed toed heels, and sweaters / button ups / cardigans / other dressy shirt.  Today I have black dress slacks, black shoes, a cute sleevelss top, and a cardigan.  Everything is pretty mix and match since I most often have neutral bottoms and then any top can pair with it.

I love Banana Republic too but they are pricier.

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