Business Casual Without Slacks, Pencil Skirts, or Blazers

You might remember this outfit from the Fall Items Two Ways post with Conversation Pieces.  (Or maybe you don’t because you’re not a creepy stalker like me–I remember like every single one of Kendi’s outfits, even from years ago.  Like I said, creepy stalker.)
I finally wore it this weekend for a recruitment night for the organization I work with.  Since my organization is so casual my attire has a lot of flexibility, and I thought this was a fun way to do business casual without slacks, a pencil skirt, or a blazer.  On the note of business casual, since it seems to be a confusing and ambiguous definition for all of us, I really like this pin on decoding dress codes.  Even though no one ever says “smart casual” I like the illustration to compare the differences between business/smart casual and business/informal, etc.  If you know your organization is more on the casual side, I’d follow the “business casual” laid out in that pin.  If your org is a little more dressy I would consider “business casual” what this pin calls “smart casual.”  What do you think, is this helpful?  Which one applies to your work environment?

Shirt #2 is hard to see – it’s J.Crew Factory with some stretch.  Option #1 is an extra 40% off, options 2 and 3 are both 30% off!

Links to Shop:
Tops – one  |  two  |  three  |  four
Shoes – one  |  two  |  three


Shop for the Look:
Dress: H&M (similar, similar–sale for $9!)
Top: c/o Conversation Pieces (exact–code PMTFreeShip, similar, similar)
Shoes: Target (exact, similar, similar)
Tote: c/o Conversation Pieces (exactcode PMTFreeShip, similar, similar, similar)
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