Question for Office Bees — Recommendations Needed

posted 9 months ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

sarathemermaid :  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
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Newbee

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 # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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
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614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

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 # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

sarathemermaid :  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
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179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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 # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

sarathemermaid :  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
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Bumble bee

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
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528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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! 

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