(Closed) show me appropriate business casual work shirts

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
452 posts
Helper bee
Post # 4
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Again, I’m a Gap/NY&Co gal on these. Gap’s shirts go on mad sale at the end of the seasons…so keep an eye out in their clearance sections! Here are a few that I would think are work appropriate!

Post # 6
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wear similar type shirts to what the PPs have posted.

I don’t actually own any khakis (I don’t think I look good in them) so I wear black slacks, gray slacks, brown slacks, or my slacks that are basically denim colored with most things.

Post # 7
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Elite Stretch shirts from Express (they look like button downs but they actually don’t button, and they zip up the side) with Editor pants from Express.  Or I’ll do a cami and cardigan from Nordstrom (get them from the junior/BP department, camis are only $12 and cardigans are like $24), also with the Editor pants.  I’ve found some pretty work tops at The Limited and Kohl’s too.

Post # 9
4824 posts
Honey bee

Really anything that is not too low cut or tight.  Even tank tops can be touble purpose if paired with a cardigan and then belt it and add a nice necklace to make it young and modern.

Layers look refined and professional. Pair a lacy camisole under a button down or a nicer T. Or a cardigan over a summer dress to make it work appropriate. Double duty out of one piece.



I would wear this with a jacket or cardigan though. Sleeveless is not appropriate by itself for work- then it could doublt for a fun party top with different bottoms.

Wrap dresses are great because they dont wrinkle, are super comfortable, easy to wash and always look professional. And there is not thinking when putting the outfit together! Its only one piece (maybe with a cami underneath)

Post # 10
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I wear all different color pants with them. For example…today I have a purple sweater on with brown pants. I would wear a navy top with lighter grey pants. Dark grey is almost like the new black, and you can always wear black pants. I also have a universal black and off white cardigan that I would bring in case it got chilly in the office.

Post # 12
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve actually gotten several work shirts at Forever21 – I’m amazed because I’ll get compliments on them (plus they’re cheap). I usually would wear navy skinny pants and heels to keep them from looking to casual.

NY&Co is another good place to shop for business casual (never pay full price for anything there)! Personally I don’t do anything completely sleeveless at work so I’ll usually just throw a cardigan over these types of tank tops.


Post # 14
2858 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

In the past ten years, I’ve always worked in casual offices, with the exception of a temporary 6-month job in a business casual office, and some infrequent client meetings at my last job, so I’m not the best person to answer this.

But, business casual dressing was ALWAYS a chore for me. I hate wearing dress pants or slacks or whatever you call them. I hate wearing khakis. So I would usually wear either simple dresses or nice-ish tops with skirts.

I got all of my work clothes at Target, Old Navy, Loft, NY&Co, and sometimes Forever 21 or H&M, because I refused to spend a lot of money on them.

Old Navy’s site is temporarily down, but I’m sure you could find some really cute, cheap shirts that you could tuck into a high-waisted pencil skirt or a pair of pants.


Post # 15
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My work place is strict business casual – no khakis, no polo shirts for guys. I wanted to chime in that the items that have lasted me longest have been the priciest ones (especially pants) but they are cost effective cause they last forever. Banana Republic is by far my favorite. That said, I have never paid full price for anything from banana, but I check the sales regularly and have gotten some amazing deals.

Post # 16
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

If you have outlets near you, I would hit those up. I bought a lot of stuff from the Banana Republic and Calvin Klein outlets for really cheap.

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