Creating a business casual wardrobe does not have to be difficult. Start with these 5 staples and add in your own personal flare with other pieces you already have in your closet.
Black Pants: Everyone needs a good pair of reliable business pants. Black is the most versatile color that can be paired with anything, and a skinny leg pair allows the dress-up or dress-down option.
But if you're looking for a more fun and trendy option, paperbag waist pants are very popular right now. The pants still allow for a professional look and feel, but the ruffled waist and front tie give your outfit more versatility. These pants are also high-waisted, so it aids in a more flattering look for business or night out looks. These pants come in 13 different color options.
Okay, okay. For those who cannot, or will not, get out of the yoga pants, I’m trying to meet you in the middle here. Here’s your best option for a yoga pant that doubles as business casual, in most settings.
This is a MUST! In business casual attire, blazers are worn as layers rather than being the outfit themselves. This is why this lightweight taupe blazer doesn't have the front button. You get to decide if you want the rucched sleeve look with a nice pair of dark denim jeans or keep it strictly business paired on top of a black dress. My suggestion is to start with a black blazer, then add the taupe and so on. Taupe is a trending color, as spring approaches, that can be worn with any color or pattern, but if taupe isn’t for you, Lulus has 4 other color and pattern options.
With business casual, a little more grace is given. A cute blouse is so easy to pair with a standard pair of black pants, or a fun printed option. This blouse is a flutter sleeve Peplum top, with a belted waist that could be paired under a blazer or worn alone. Peplum tops are still trending, but this one has a zipper back, so no worries about smudging makeup on this off-white top. EXPRESS has color 4 options for this top, all that would be cute and appropriate for the office.
Another option would be J. Crew Classic Cotton Studio Tee. This is a great option if worn under a blazer or with a cute necklace (as shown). You can grab all the colors and mix/match with one or two blazers to build your wardrobe.
Loafers are a fun spin on the typical ballet flat. These chic Steve Madden loafers have a pointed toe in leather and suede options with a few bold animal print options. I like showing some personality when it comes to shoes. Once you have your staple colors (like black and tan) you can then start choosing some bold prints to make a statement. Because of the versatile style, these flats can be paired with a blazer and jeans. With eight different color and pattern options, you are sure to find one (or two) options that will fit in with your business casual attire.
The Carry-All Tote Bag:
If you’re like me, you carry your life on the road. Sure, you’ll pack your laptop and lunch, but you never know if you’re going to be heading out with friends after work, you may need a quick change of shoes, dab of perfume, etc. You can keep yourself organized with a nice sized tote bag. A tote bag is an absolute necessity when you need to carry your planner, notepad, laptop, a snack and whatever else you can fit in there. This bag from H&Ms option comes with a lobster claw to keep all your items secure inside, without breaking the bank. The black, brown and dusty rose options allow you decide which fits your personal brand best!
Feeling like your tote is overloaded and can’t find anything? Here’s a great tip, get an insert organizer for your tote bag.