How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek

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HSWI April 2014

Jamie asked if I would cover ‘pink business casual’ during this month and at first I had no idea how I’d do it. Like she said in her email, the question is how can you wear pink to work without looking too over the top or trendy? This was exactly what I was worried about as I went about creating these collages because pink really doesn’t translate to the workplace in my mind, but that’s more due to my fear of pink than it actually working in a businessy outfit. It’s really about choosing the right shade of pink in the right fabric to stay workplace appropriate. Too bright or too casual and you’ll look like you’re trying too hard or not at all. Both should be avoided. Pink is a fun color so you should be able to wear it to work, but not without limitations. Here I’ve given you two looks, one a little more dressy than the other, that should point you in the right direction for business casual pink.

How She'd Wear It with Style and Cheek - Pink Business Casual

1. Kate Spade New York Gayla Sunglasses

2. Coach Bleecker Cooper Satchel In Perforated Leather

3. Equipment Slim Signature Blouse

4. MADEWELL Backcountry Belt

5. Marais Wild Love Pony Hair Flat

6. Dean Davidson Small Ingot Earrings

7. J.Crew Minnie Pant In Stretch Twill

I love the idea of pairing pale pink with burgundy. It’s a natural feminine color combination that is perfect for spring (or fall). And what is more workplace-friendly than slacks and a blouse? Throw on some leopard print ballerina flats and some brown leather accessories and you’re a walking model of ladylike authority. But let’s take a quick timeout. It is really hard to find deep dark brown leather items for women. Why do men have a monopoly on all things mahogany? Gripe complete. Burgundy and earthy tones like brown and tan are a great combination that I’ll always come back to, so the pink here really serves to make the outfit more girly and fun.

How She'd Wear It with Style and Cheek - Pink Business Casual / Professional

1. Mango Silk Cotton-Blend Plumeti Blouse

2. Michael Kors Camille Mini Chronograph Watch

3. Zara High Heel Pointy Shoes

4. Tory Burch Naomi Stud Earrings

5. Zara Midi Pencil Skirt

6. J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer In Navy

7. Coach Madison Caroline Satchel In Textured Leather

The pencil skirt, blouse, blazer combination is a classic. What really makes outfits like these work is the give and take between buttoned up and feminine pieces. You’ll look and feel like a boss but you’re still in heels and a skirt. That’s a powerful thing. There are a lot of ways you can go with this look but I went with a Mango blouse with texture and an almost-riding jacket from J.Crew. You’ll want the pink skirt to be the primary focus so be sure to tuck in your blouse and pick a blazer that is cropped just around your beltline. Heels and gold accessories complete the woman-in-charge vibe of this look.

– Julia of Style and Cheek