TIPS ON DRESSING WELL IN BUSINESS CASUAL FOR WOMEN

That said, there are a few things that well-dressed women in business casual offices have in common to look great for work everyday:

THEY WEAR A “THIRD ITEM.”

Your third item could be a blazer, cardigan, or statement necklace or other accessory that features prominently, like a scarf, a belt on top of a cardigan or blazer, etc.

THEY WEAR CLOTHES THAT FIT PROPERLY.

Nothing should be too big (watch for hems that drag on the floor ) or too small (watch for shirts that gape across the front, pants or skirts that fit so tightly across your hips that they "smile", and so forth. This may necessitate a visit to a tailor and/or figuring out the best brands for your body type. If you sometimes wear heels and sometimes wear flats, you may want to have your pants hemmed for different lengths — or find a pair of clunky and comfortable commuting shoes that are comfortable enough to wear on your commute, but maintain the same heel height (and hem) as sleeker heels.

THEY’VE PAID ATTENTION TO THEIR UNDERGARMENTS.

If you’re very curvy you may want to check out our style advice for curvy women; for other body-type issues that may be relevant, check out how to shop if your top and bottom are different sizes, as well as the brands best for your body type.

THEY WEAR COLOR WITH INTENTION TO WORK. 

I’m a big proponent of the old idea that you wear “color with color, and black with black.” I almost never wear a pair of black pants with a blue sweater without adding, say, a green necklace or a purple belt (so there are at least two colors in the mix).

To get the most out of a minimal wardrobe, create a capsule wardrobe for work by choosing one base color and two accent colors. Other views on color that may make sense to you: some people prefer to wear black with a bit of gray, while others prefer to wear black with a repeating accent color. For advanced fashionista fun: try mixing patterns for a sophisticated feel, wearing a monotone look with different textures, or even wearing an unexpected combination, like black and navy.


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