Your Business Casual Staples?

side view of the shoes

Monday hit us like a ton of bricks.  I know Monday’s just doing its job, but does it have be so rude sometimes?  Bahhh.

I wore this outfit last week to interview a potential hiree.  If it’s not obvious by the outfits I post, my organization is very, very, very casual.  I could get away with wearing jeans and a sweatshirt most days and it would be normal, though as you can see I don’t do that.  One of the reasons I started this blog was to figure out some balance for myself of being put-together but still pretty casual.

I feel like I settled into that pretty well for a while, but for the last couple of months I’ve felt an itch for more business-casual looks (whatever that ambiguous term means).  Heavy emphasis on the “casual,” though.  🙂  Part of it is out of necessity as I have a different job role and have new types of meetings to attend on a regular basis.  And maybe part of it is because I’m turning the big 3-0 very soon or because I care less than I used to if people ask me why I’m “so dressed up.”  (Seriously guys, I put on a jersey dress and slap a belt over it and get asked why I’m so dressed up.)  Whatever the reason I feel like I’ve been creeping into a new evolutionary stage in my style.  I’m not making any statements or promises that I’m all of a sudden going to have business-casual looks all the time because come on, I live in laid back San Diego after all and my org is still very, very, very casual.  I’m just reflecting on the itch I’ve been feeling and I’m ready to let it go there and have fun with it!

My recent shopping list has been a bunch of pieces that I want to add for more business-cas attire which I’ll show soon.  But I’m curious to know for those of you have to do business-casual regularly, what do you consider your 1-3 staples for business-casual?  

(SAHMs, don’t worry.  I’ve read your emails and comments and requests and I’m thinking of putting together something for you that doesn’t include business-casual anything.  🙂  )

Shop for the Look:
Top: Forever 21 (similar, similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: Tilly’s (both really good options: similar, similar)
Pants: Banana Republic (exact, similarsimilar–straight leg in regular, tall, petite, plus)
Pumps: H&M (similar)

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