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Neiman Marcus said, “Women who wear black lead colorful lives.” Ain’t that the truth? If you disagree, I politely present Victoria Beckham as my counterargument. After working as the Operations Manager for a wealth management firm for five years, approximately 75% of my professional wardrobe is primarily black. There’s nothing wrong with rocking pops of color, but if you’re just starting to curate an office wardrobe, no color is more versatile than black. I’m also no stranger to the “business casual” dress code. What does it mean exactly? Look professional without trying too hard. If you’re looking for some stylish business casual outfit ideas, invest in a couple pairs of well-tailored pants, like these Banana Republic laser-cut ankle pants, and a handful of comfy casual tops to wear with them.
Unfortunately, the business casual dress code doesn’t usually allow for jeans or flip-flops, although all office cultures are different. On our more casual days, my go-to outfit was a well-kept cotton crew neck tucked into comfy dress pants and paired with colorful accessories, like these bright red patent pumps. Although I’m wearing heels in this post, ballet flats and dressy sandals, ie sandals with backs, make great casual office shoes. Head down to the bottom of this post for full outfit details plus three of my most popular office outfits of all time.
I’m so obsessed with the scalloped, laser-cut detailing on these ankle pants! Make them in seven more colors, Banana Republic!
Shop the Look: Black Laser-Cut Ankle Pants, $68 (currently on sale) | Striped Cotton Crew, $32 | Patent Red Pumps, $90 | Classic Red Ralph Lauren Satchel, $278 (available in black, brown, and red) | White Michele Watch, $445 | Rayne Necklace, $80
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More Stylish Business Casual Outfit Ideas
To give y’all few more ideas for stylish business casual outfits, here are three of my most popular “work chic” posts. This first ensemble is contingent upon a more relaxed dress code. I don’t recommend wearing shorts to work, no matter how conservative they are, before first consulting co-workers or your HR department. Click here for outfit details and more styling tips.
Although I wouldn’t say this outfit is necessarily casual, it’s a fun way to show that you shouldn’t be afraid of color. Play around with your professional wardrobe and incorporate trends and styles that best suit your personality– and your company’s dress code. Click here for outfit details and more styling tips.
This last office look is probably my favorite. Again, it’s not super casual, but it’s trendy, comfortable, and the definition of professionally chic. With different pairs of pants on rotation, this is basically what I wore to work every day. To dress it down, these bow heels could easily be traded in for some comfy ballet flats, and the black blazer could be replaced with a lightweight cardigan. Click here for full outfit details and more styling tips.
If you have any more questions about how to curate a wardrobe of stylish business casual outfits, feel free to shoot me an email or leave a question in the comments! Have a great week, y’all!
Thank you, Banana Republic, for sponsoring this post! While I was compensated to write about stylish business casual outfit ideas, all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that make Diary of a Debutante possible!
So professional and chic!
You have totally NAILED the business casual look. I love those laser cut pants. Work clothes can feel really boring but I love that Banana Republic offers so many pieces that still have a bit of personality & style.
I love these pants! And the pop of red is perfect for a young professional.
Love those laser cut pants and the checked ones at the end! I have struggled to find nice tailored pants that fit right, but I think I’m going to buy a few pairs and take them to a tailor for a custom fit!
Wow, those are some great power suit ideas! I totally love the red on red accessorizing – you look like a #boss
These are all great work wardrobe looks! I really need to step up my office attire.
Some chic and great looks here! My office is casual and does allow shorts, but I try to make sure they’re not “short” shorts when I do wear them haha!
SO many fab outfits – I love them all!
Those laser cut pants are SO amazing! I need those!
First of all, you are gorgeous. You literally rock every outfit here. My absolutely LOVE is your first outfit. Those pants are so different & the red pumps give your outfit such a flare!
LOVE those pants!
I love every one of these outfits! And I love the cutout detail in those dress pants!
A lovely outfit, great pants and fantastic red heels 😉
You look so chic! Love the red!
Banana Republic is my goto for business attire! Since sorority life and even for college presentations, I’ve always shopped there!
These are so well-put-together! Love the pop of red to really bring it together.
Tori || Victori Media
Loving these looks!! The pants on your first look is to die for! SO cute!
Amy | Pastel N Pink
I’ve been looking for some red pointed stilettos for the longest time and I think you’ve found the perfect pair! Definitely going to have pick these up soon, Lizzie xx | http://www.thelizzielloyd.com
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