Business Casual Essentials with Style and Cheek

By Thursday, May 15, 2014 0 Permalink

Hey remember that work from home gig I had? Well it’s gone, but it’s ok! I was asked to extend my contract and take a new position to work onsite. I accepted and we’re now in week 2 of me in the office at my new gig. Yay! Exciting! Go me! I no longer work from home, which yes has its drawbacks, but this isn’t a post about working from home versus in an office, this is a post about work clothes. Oh gosh. Work clothes. Does anyone really find work wardrobes fun? I surely don’t. There’s just that pressure that I’d rather not deal with. Not like I want to wear leather shorty shorts or anything. I’m just very “aware” each morning when I’m picking out my outfit that I just don’t have a lot of classic business-lady attire.

This thinking is actually pretty silly because the company I work for is a little confusing as far as standards of attire. I’ve seen women wearing everything from sweatshirts and jeans to pumps and pencil skirts. To be honest, the majority of women wear some blouse, pants, flats combination, but when one day a person is in professional attire and then the next day that same person is very casual, it’s a little confusing to figure out what I’m supposed to wear. Here is a list of pieces that are a mix of must haves and items I am dying to add to my work-wardrobe.

Business Casual Essentials with Style and Cheek

Tai Stick Earrings || Margaret Elizabeth Pyramid Studs in Pink Opal || Elizabeth And James Astral Pendant Necklace – If I were to convince myself to buy jewelry I would buy delicate earrings and necklaces to wear to work. I’d want interesting, but understated pieces that accent my outfit without being too ostentatious or bold. Balance between unique and conservative is really the biggest thing with workplace accessories.

J.Crew Silk Pocket Blouse || Zara Printed Blouse || Zara Star Print Blouse || MANGO Bow Textured Chiffon Blouse – That green J.Crew blouse comes in a few other colors and I’d like every single one of them, but for the sake of mixing it up I included a couple delicate patterned blouses and one with a pussybow – which I wish I could find more of because I love pussybows.

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche Éclat’ Radiant Touch – I live for my expensive ass Touche Éclat concealer, I really do. You know what else I live for? Sleep. And office jobs equal less sleep and more undereye circles! So of course I love this magical product.

J.Crew Matte Crepe Drawstring Pant || J.Crew Minnie Pant In Stretch Twill – I don’t know if I’ve talked about this here but I’ve definitely said outloud that I need those J.Crew blousey pants. I should just buy them before they are gone for good and with this new job they’d be perfect. I’ve used the burgundy pants in collages before and they’re still on my “to-buy” list.

Lo & Sons The TT Carryall Laptop Tote || Of course the Coach bag I chose sold out during the time I put this collage together but The Borough Bag in Pebbled Leather is also beautiful – I’m currently using a super cheap, ugly messenger bag to carry my laptop home every day and need to find an alternative. I’ve gushed about the Lo and Sons bag before and it might be time to get one. On the other hand, I really love leather, and Coach, so I might have to get one bag now and invest in the other later.

Michael Kors Vintage Glam Watch – This vintagey black and white face with a modern band is exactly my type of watch. There is nothing else to really say – I love this watch and I want it. :)

Hue No-Show Socks – My mom gifted me these socks and they’re amazing. I’d never used low cut socks meant for flats but now I can’t live without them.

HANKY PANKY Low Rise Thong In Brights || Hanky Panky BARE® Eve Set Of Three Natural Rise Thongs – Thongs. They’re kinda weird but also kinda necessary. I despise panty lines and prefer underwear that lies flat against my skin, either lace or seamless finish, but make sure you pick the right one for the thickness of your pants because a lace thong line is just as awkward as a regular panty line.

AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni Toe Cap Ballet Flat || Sperry Top-Sider® ‘Everett’ Suede Loafer – The AGL flats were one of my most expensive purchases. I’ve been wearing them for three years and still love them just as much as the day I bought them. I haven’t tried Sperry flats but I’ve heard good things and I find it very difficult to find comfortable, cute flats so this is the best of both worlds.