After the bittersweet event of college graduation, we all eventually have our first experience in the real world. Along with the change in hours, work load and the commute, you will most likely have to make some changes to your dress code. That’s right- most jobs won’t let you wear yoga pants and UGG boots to meetings each day.
My first “big girl” job was at a small marketing agency that had more of a laid-back vibe. In stark contrast, I have friends who work in large corporate buildings with a fairly strict dress code. Since every company may have different levels and definitions of their dress code, it’s important to make sure you adhere to their guidelines. Even if you have a more relaxed dress code, you still want to look put-together and make sure not to wear anything too revealing.
The term “business casual” can be defined in a variety of ways. For example, my workplace is defined as business casual, but I get to wear dark jeans and khakis with nice sweaters and blouses. Other companies that enforce a business casual dress code lean more toward slacks and skirts with button-ups and heels. The point here is that the concept of business casual can be defined in many different ways- make sure you check in with your HR department and fellow employees to make sure you’re adhering to the rules.
While keeping the basics of business casual in mind, here are two outfits that will work for most workplaces. This proves that you can still look cute and fashionable even when faced with a dress code!
Pencil skirts don’t have to be boring! The rich blue hue of this pencil skirt isn’t too bright or flashy, and it pairs well with black and white (which you probably have plenty of in your wardrobe already). The peplum top keeps the look fashionable, while the classic black blazer pulls it all together. Don’t forget about the chic black heels (not too high) and some pretty stud earrings.
Gray trousers can be made more fun and feminine with a pretty pastel sweater. The sweet collared details on this one is perfect. Nude-colored flats and classic pearl earrings are two staples of business casual fashion.
Today’s guest post comes from Rachel of Life Unsweetened, which is best described as a life and style blog- without the sugar coating. Rachel is a 20-something from New York who is a SEO Copywriter and freelance writer by day.You could also call her a social media nerd, non-crazy cat lady, chocoholic and sarcastic fireball (yes, people have referred to her as that before).