How To Effortlessly Achieve Business Casual

After a hectic week at the office, it seems almost impossible to come up with five consistently chic and work-appropriate outfits. Some mornings all I want to do is roll out of bed and throw on my comfy pajamas for the office. So, to make the most of my time in the morning and to maximize my sleep, I like to pick pieces that can be easily interchanged with different blouses and heels. Business casual may cause many to fear the worst. For many, the word business casual signals boring pants suits and your grandmother’s heels. Wrong.

Business casual, when done right, is a great way to show off your personal style and feel confident in the office.Just remember the number one business rule: if you are a new employee at an office, lean on the side of business professional the first few days until you can get a better sense of the work culture. Here’s a few of my favorite business casual looks.

1. Black and white, of course.


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I can’t get enough of the combination of black and white. This look is so chic and perfect for a busy day at the office. What I love most about this look is the combination of strong accent pieces. From the tailored peacoat to the business slacks, each piece works cohesively together. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even pair this look with a bright colored pump.

2. The creme de la creme.


Okay, I know I wear a ton of black, but this look could easily compete with my favorite look. The combination of cream and white is striking and feminine. This is a great look for a conference meeting or a day running errands. Plus, how fabulous is that coat?

3. Skirts are a must in your business wardrobe.


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Tweed is a classic look for the office. However, this tweed skirt is fresh and modern, with the leather accents. Pairing a structured skirt with a button down is effortlessly chic. Bonus, you have even more incentive to show off your new favorite pair of heels.

4. Structured blazers.


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For days when you have no idea what to wear to work, my go-to is a structured blazer. The versatility of this piece allows you to mix and match different blouses and chunky jewelry. In this look, I love that the blazer isn’t just black or navy. The maroon adds a bold statement.

What are your business casual must-haves?  Let me know in the comment section below. I’d love to know!



  • Carly Cannata says:

    I love all these looks, but I struggle to find looks that go with flats (I’m always on my feet at work and can’t always wear cute heels). Any good tips?

    • The Office Stylist says:

      Hi Carly,

      Thanks for your comment! I would look at cute heels with a much lower heel or a wedge that offers more support. If that’s still not an option for you then there are such a huge range of super cute flats you can get. I like ballet flats that have a pointy toe, gives off the vibe of a stiletto but without the discomfort.

      -Sayeh, The Office Stylist

  • Eva Carter says:

    Love the Idea of lower heels as I am older and can’t wear high heels. But a nice flat or 1-1.5 heel works welll. Love the looks. Pants get tiring.