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Business-Casual Basics for Every Woman

Navigating office dress codes.

Business-Casual Basics for Every Woman
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For many people in the workforce, the office dress code is business casual. But that’s vague. And we know it’s vague. So to help, we’re running through a capsule wardrobe you can wear to almost any workplace. If your office falls on the spectrum between professional and casual, this one’s for you. We even enlisted our own project manager, Anisha, to talk about her stylish business-casual outfits and which items help her to tackle her day-to-day.

The Business-Casual Capsule

Standout piece: 

Wide-leg pants. Navy is classic, and this geo print is on-trend for the season.

Most versatile layer:

A tailored blazer in a casual fabric is the layer to own when you want to polish up anything from jeans to dresses.

Anisha’s style in two words: 

“Relatable and approachable. I believe being too dressed up can come across as a little intimidating. As a project manager, I want people to feel comfortable around me.”

Why it works for Anisha:

Between managing dozens of projects at work and corralling a young son at home, some days simply require stretchy pants and a comfy pair of flats.

Her most important element:

“Comfort. There’s nothing worse than feeling self-conscious about how you look. I believe you do your best when you feel your best.”

How to accessorize:

Simplicity is ideal. Thin gold hoops or small studs add a touch of shine without being a distraction.

What Anisha loves about this look:

“It’s awesome to wear something elegantly feminine that has the same elements of a traditional work piece, like a collar, cuffs, and a button-front.”

Where to wear it:

Work or interviews, of course. But this is easily a date-night outfit, too, with a modern clutch and statement earrings.

Dressing it down:

Add a light-wash denim jacket and swap the pumps for wedges or espadrilles.

See more ways to mix-and-match this business-casual capsule: