My fellow fashion blogger Kelly over at BlackDog Finds posted an invitation to explore the world of business casual style.
“If you have any tips or ideas for creating interesting/creative business casual outfits please comment and share them with me!”
I’d love to, Kelly! First of all, you look great in black and white with a trench. It’s a classic look – very chic! I do imagine that you’ll get bored with just black pants and an “easy” top every day. I’m sure you have the basics – pencil skirt, nice trousers, structured jackets, colored/patterned cardigans. What you seem to want is a way to give these nice basic pieces some flare and pizazz.
1. Add color!
I’ve found that adding a pop of color – whether it be a bag, jewelry, shoes, or a camisole under everything else – makes a huge difference in livening up your look. Create an unexpected look by putting several colors together that go, not match. For example, I love to wear my green and gold pumps with a plum top. It’s a bit out of the ordinary, and totally fun. Also, I adore adding a scarf to my bag. It helps take something that’s questionable as far as appropriateness for the season, and brings it into the light.
2. Mix patterns
I love to wear a pinstripe or another subtle pattern with a bold pattern. I love wearing my bold tweed-ish black and white pencil skirt with a pinstriped jacket. Awesome. Or, my pinstriped trousers with a geometric print top. Also, my leopard print shoes and giraffe print bag make frequent appearances in my business wardrobe (though not simultaneously!).
3. Surprise them
I love to mix a totally casual item with a more formal outfit. Like – heels, skirt, blazer… and drapey t-shirt. It also keeps things not-so-harsh. When I’m wearing lots of structured pieces, throwing in a floaty fabric or a totally casual print is super fun!
I hope you enjoyed these tips! What’s most important – have fun with your style. Rock it out, superstars!
I’d love to hear from you – Leave me comments!
What do you love to do to spice up your outfits?