Post # 1
I recently got a new job and I’m super excited!
The company I work for now is very business casual. So much so it’s borderline just casual. I wear sneakers, leggings and a cardigan everyday.
The new job I accepted is working for an office in HR. I will be holding interviews, meeting with business clients, etc. so the dress code is almost in between business casual and business professional. A full on suit isn’t needed but they want everyone to look super polished and professional.
With that being said, what do you guys wear all the time in the business world? Is there a certain purse/laptop bag you depend on? What kind of shoes do you wear? I’m not really a heels person so I plan on wearing booties a lot.
And in terms of clothing, what pieces do you always wear? I’ve bought a few blouse type shirts and blazers. I just need suggestions! I am all about comfort so please recommend what you actually wear and use that is comfortable too.
Post # 2
We wear business casual. On days where I have customer interaction or a presentation, I tend to dress up more. On my more “casual” days I wear dress pants and a nicer top, my nice days I wear a nice blouse (yesterday was a wrap top made of chiffon). I would say no t-shirts, dress pants always, and nice shoes. Sweaters are fine. I also do not wear heels, I wear nice flats. I’m about comfort.
Post # 3
I almost exclusively wear dresses in my client facing role. A dress with back tights and flats. It is easy to throw together and always looks professional. I will on occasion wear dress pants, blouse, blazer (usually in a fun colour) but to me this is not as comfortable as a dress. As for shoes, I normally wear black leather loafers.
Post # 4
hunting_bride : rubyclem :
Thank you for the recommendations! It makes me happy to hear that you both wear flats. I don’t have a problem wearing heels on occasion but I don’t think I could wear them everyday.
Post # 5
Some of my favorite business casual items:
– These Banana Republic pants – I have them in black and navy: https://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=183602
– Knit blazers – they still have structure, but are more like a sweater than a jacket. I have ones in light gray, white, black/ white stripes. This is one I really like: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/caslon-knit-one-button-blazer-petite/4927192?origin=coordinating-4927192-0-2-PDP_1-recbot-also_viewed&recs_placement=PDP_1&recs_strategy=also_viewed&recs_source=recbot&recs_page_type=product&recs_seed=4537937
– Basic blouses or tees (for more casual days) to wear under blazers
– When I started working, I wore a lot of heels, but I’m all about flats now. I have nude, black, leopard, and baby pink.
– I read once (somewhere a long time ago) that wearing a “completer” piece makes an outfit look put together – i.e. pants, top and jacket, or skirt, top and scarf, etc. So I try to live by this rule when dressing for work. I also think jewerly makes work outfits appear more put together/ dressier.
– I definitely recommend a structured laptop/ work bag. I definitely noticed once I started working that the executive-level women were carrying structured bags. I have something similar to this (got as a birthday gift), but you get the idea on the style: https://www.toryburch.com/robinson-tote/53063.html?cgid=handbags-totes&dwvar_53063_color=082
Post # 6
I have 4 “casual suits” as in pants with matching blazers that are comfortable enough to wear with a blouse/top and not completely high end tailored. I wear these most days with little flat black pumps. If I am meeting clients I switch my pumps for a my black block heeled pointy toes and I have some nice knee length dresses I pair with some tights.
Post # 7
Thank you so much for all of those details! I love your style!
In terms of the work bag, I did purchase a bag very similar to a Goyard St Louis tote. It’s more of a slouchy unstructured tote but I’m hoping a laptop and all of my purse contents will fit so I don’t need a purse and a laptop bag. Does that Tory Burch bag have room for a laptop? Do you find it roomy enough to double as a purse and work bag?
Post # 8
That’s super smart. I bet you don’t have a lot of “what to wear” incidences if you have 4 specific matching suits.
Post # 9
I work in a law firm and depending on the day have to dress between business casual and full suit. For non-suit days I often weear black pants, white button down shirt, topped with a cardigan. Otherwise it’s those same pants and a blouse or sweater but I add either an interesting piece of jewelry or a scarf to pull it all together. In the warmer weather I’ll wear sheath dresses – I love dresses because it’s 1 piece (no matching while half asleep in the morning!) but instantly makes you look like you put in more effort.
As for shoes I’m team flats. It’s the rare day that I wear heels anymore.
eta: as for bags I’m most often seen with a longchamp tote. I don’t carry a laptop with me most days but I wanted something simple enough that matches everything and can fit my purse essentials, lunch, shoes (if it’s bad weather and I’m wearing boots for the commute), and a notebook, and book.
Post # 10
A bag like that will be perfect. Yes, it’s roomy enough to double as a purse and a work bag (I am not sure I posted the exact one I have – I’d have to double check). For a long time, I was carrying both a purse and my laptop bag (and then I just looked like a crazy bag lady because I also had a lunchbox). On work days, I just throw my wallet, keys, and makeup pouch in my laptop bag. My only issue is that if I have to also carry around paperwork or just anything else in the bag, it can get really heavy with the laptop in it.
Post # 11
Awesome thanks for those details! I was thinking about a Longchamp tote too. I’ll keep that in mind.
Gotcha. That makes sense. I’m not too worried about weight. I just don’t want to carry two bags. I’d rather carry one massive bag lol.
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
I’m a career counselor at a university. During the semester, business casual is the norm (leans more casual) except we tend to dress business professional for presentations and special events. We get to dress down over breaks when classes are not in session. Half of my closet is Express. I love their blouses and blazers. Old Navy pixie pants are affordable and suprisingly good quality. I also like Alyx dresses, which you can find at JC Penney and they often go on sale. I tend to stick with neutral colors and use my accessories to add a bit of flare (scraves, shoes, jewelry). I usually wear shoes that add height and I can wear the Life Stride Lively Pumps all day! I have them in 3 colors. I get a lot of compliments on them and they are comfortable!
Post # 13
With blouses, blazers, and cardigans, I 100% recommend these pants: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HOZVOSU?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
They come in multiple lengths, have a bit of a control top, and an elastic waistband… but they still look very finished and professional. The fabric is thick and comfortable. I swear by these things.
Post # 14
I wear a lot of Sloan pants from banana republic (I like their colorful options)with collared shirts and sweaters or blazers. I also like White House black market and Ann Taylor (loft or regular) for pieces. I wear heels sometimes, or flats- Ann Klein sport are both stylish and comfortable. Agree with PP on dresses with tights also. I do a fair amount of scarves in the winter too- but that’s just my style. Good luck!
Post # 15
I don’t know if I’ve told you this before but you legit need to look into modeling. You are so pretty! And thanks so much. I love the ease of the outfits you posted! That’s what I’m looking for.
Those pants look amazing and I’m only 5’0″ so I appreciate the short length they offer lol.
Awesome thanks for the recommendation! I only own two pairs of dress pants and one of them is the Sloan from BR. I’m glad they still make them. Mine are ancient.