You know I’m about making it easy to get dressed, and one way I love doing that is by giving go-to tricks that you can rely on to easily style your outfits. Many of you have expressed wanting more overlap with your business casual wardrobe and your non-work wardrobe. Today I’m partnering with ModCloth to share my go-to tricks for finding and styling tops for both work and outside of work!
I always say this, but ModCloth has such cute and unique pieces. ModCloth pieces are the ones that bring life to my wardrobe! And what’s amazing about them is that they have cute casual stuff, but they also have a bunch of stuff that’s appropriate for workwear that isn’t boring. 🙌🏽 They have plenty of pieces that work for both work and play, so let’s get to the tips on how to find some of them!
SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually 6/8 or S/M in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.
For today’s tips, I chose two kinds of tops: one is a more casual top that’s soft and feels like a t-shirt, and one is a blouse. This first outfit features the soft, t-shirt like top styled in a casual outfit with jeans and boots. It is as comfy as a t-shirt, yet it has so many details like ruffles, an effortless drape, special sleeves, and a pretty print, that totally elevate from a plain t-shirt. These details are what will help it work for a business casual outfit (shown in the next outfit). It is absolutely adorable and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it after wearing it just twice! It’s selling out quickly, so check it out HERE!
Tip #1: When choosing a more casual top that’s soft and feels like a t-shirt, choose ones that have a extra little details like ruffles, a non-t-shirt like drape, special sleeves, and a pretty print.
Here’s the top dressed up in a business casual outfit which was so easy to do thanks to what we talked about in Tip #1 with all the details in this top. Once you find a top like that, one super easy trick you can rely on is to add slacks and pumps. In the same way I talk about making a casual wardrobe more versatile with different colored bottoms, I would recommend getting different colored slacks to bring versatility to your workwear. The safest colors are black, grey, olive, maroon, and navy.
It’s pretty easy to find non-denim business casual pants in all of those colors, but if you need a place to start, the ones I’m wearing in the pic above come in grey, navy, maroon, and plum! They are very stretchy and comfortable and fairly thick. The grey and maroon versions are on super sale for $24.99 too! (But final sale.) See them HERE.
Tip #2: Make slacks and pumps your go-to formula–and get a variety of colored slacks.
*Sidenote: I’m wearing these pants at 26 weeks pregnant, but if you are currently pregnant and hoping you can wear these pants right now, I have to burst your bubble. I took these pics with the zipper wide open and a belly band over them barely holding them on, which is not a way you should or could actually wear them throughout the day. 😂 This was solely for these pictures to show the business casual outfit!
Tip #3: Choose blouses that are not t-shirt material.
Sometimes the softer tops like the one in the first two outfits may not be sharp enough for a particular meeting you have one day, even with all the pretty details in the world to elevate it. (Or maybe it won’t work for your work environment at all, since “business casual” means a WIDE range of things in different work environments!) If you are in need of sharper looks, choose blouses that are *not* that soft t-shirt material, like the one I’m wearing in this outfit. A top like this has more structure than the previous top we talked about, and it instantly sharpens things up. It totally works with the Tip #2 go-to formula of slacks and pumps, and topped off with a blazer it looks sharper than the business casual outfit in Outfit #2.
While a more structure top doesn’t even need to have print or details to sharpen up the outfit, details will spice up your outfit and make it more interesting. The black top I’m wearing above has several feminine details like the pleated ruffles, puffed shoulders, and pretty flower petal print. (BTW, it’s a button-up so it’s also breastfeeding-friendly!) See it HERE.
Tip #4: Switch up your tops with completer pieces and shoes. They make a huge difference!
I have written before how completer pieces can switch up your looks. In the previous outfit I threw on a blazer to polish off the business casual look. Cardigans would work too, but if I ever need the look to be sharper I’d opt for a blazer. Here in Outfit #4 is the same top styled for a night out thanks to swapping a blazer for a moto jacket and adding statement heels and a sparkly clutch!
That said, as much as I looooove me a moto jacket, in this outfit it’s really the sassy red pumps that make the outfit! How cute are these shoes with the little bow on the side? Not only do they totally kick this look up a notch, but they’d be perfect for Valentine’s Day next month! See them HERE.
With those four tips you can expand both your workwear and casual wardrobe without buying double the pieces. Below are 9 tops that can be styled for both work and play using the tips we talked about today!
MORE WORK TO PLAY OPTIONS
Huge thanks to ModCloth for sponsoring this post!