Girl Boss: A Guide to Business Casual Fashion

January 18, 2019

Girl Boss: A Guide to Business Casual Fashion

With the new year in full swing, it's a great time to revamp your work attire! However, it can be difficult to define business casual for women, as different companies have different dress codes. When we talk about business casual fashion, we are talking about clothing that can be worn in most offices and that looks both stylish and professional. Some women have strict dress codes at their work environments, while others have more creative freedom with their outfit choices. Whether you're starting a new job or just looking to add some class to your daily style, business casual fashion will keep you looking and feeling like a boss babe! This guide will show you how you can build the perfect workplace wardrobe without sacrificing comfort or personal style.


Let's Start with the Basics

Black Blazer and Dress Pants

Every working girl should invest in a black blazer and a pair of black dress pants. Not only do these pieces serve as closet staples, but they also make it easier to experiment with unique colors and patterns! A nice pair of black slacks will pair perfectly with everything from a white turtleneck to a fuchsia blouse, and you can throw a black blazer over anything and still look like a boss! When you choose bolder prints, simply pair them with your go-to blazer and pair of slacks!


White and Navy Blouses

Nothing says "business casual" better than a long sleeve white blouse. It's a smart idea to add a few white blouses to your closet. Don't be afraid to experiment with various fabrics and silhouettes! Find a white blouse with dramatic sleeves and a ruffle collar for an unforgettable look. Another excellent color for business casual blouses is navy blue. This deep blue color can serve as either a pop of color or as a neutral, depending on how you style it! We recommend our Say My Name Navy Blouse.


Solid Color Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts are a must-have in every business casual wardrobe. These fitted midi skirts create a classic, professional look that will pull together any outfit. Having two or three solid color pencil skirts will make it easier to create office-appropriate looks. We recommend choosing one black and one burgundy pencil skirt. Black pencil skirts are so timeless, and a burgundy pencil skirt is perfect for wearing a bold color in a conservative way.


Midi and Knee Length Dresses

There's nothing better than finding the perfect dress that you can wear to work, especially when it's cute enough to wear outside of the office too! Here at Bella Ella Boutique, we have lots of gorgeous dresses that you can add to your business casual wardrobe! Midi is the standard length for work dresses, but knee length is also appropriate. Our Joyful Olive Midi Dress is perfect with its midi length, 3/4 sleeves, and trendy color. If you're looking for a unique black dress, we recommend our Calm Mornings Black Striped Knee-Length Dress!


Now It's Time to Show Off your Unique Style

Jumpsuits

We are obsessed with the jumpsuit trend, and the right jumpsuit can look amazing and professional at the office! Be sure to choose a jumpsuit with sleeves and high-quality material. Have a sleeveless jumpsuit that you want to wear to work? Simply wear a turtleneck top underneath and you're ready to go! Striped patterns are flattering and fashionable, and that's why we recommend our Uptown Black Striped Jumpsuit for your workplace wardrobe! If you're looking for something a little more colorful, you'll love our Girls Rule Blue Plaid Jumpsuit. This cute jumpsuit is giving us major girl boss vibes!


Bold Dresses

Sometimes, a girl just needs to express herself in vivid color! We love finding office-friendly dresses in bold and bright hues. Whether you want to create an eye-catching outfit or have a work party coming up, why not choose a vibrant color for your next business casual dress? We love the fun and feminine style of our Beautiful Destinations Hot Pink Dress. The ruffle sleeves and v-neckline add the cutest finishing touches! If you're looking for something red hot, we recommend our Pay Attention Red Midi Dress!


Unique Pencil Skirts

Like we mentioned earlier, pencil skirts are a business casual essential. When you're ready to take your pencil skirt game to the next level, you're ready for the unique skirts we have here at Bella Ella Boutique! Our New Obsession Black Pencil Skirt is a fan favorite because of its trendy zipper front and classic pencil skirt fit. On one of those days when you want to dress comfy but still look professional, reach for our Flaunt It Olive Midi Skirt! This green skirt has soft, stretchy material and the cutest faux wrap style with a peekaboo slit.


Patterned Pants

Every girl needs a pair of patterned pants in her business casual wardrobe! Whether you prefer polka dots, plaid, or striped patterns, we have something for you here at Bella Ella Boutique! By pairing a cute pair of patterned pants with a plain blouse and sensible heels, iconic office outfits can be easily created. Patterned pants can also be a great way to incorporate more color into your ensemble. Style our On The Dot Mauve Palazzo Pants with a black blouse and black heels for a chic outfit, or pair our Born Leader Black Plaid Pants with a green sweater and heeled mules for a look that will have you feeling confident!


Bright Tops

One of the easiest ways to add some flair to your business casual wardrobe is by adding some brightly-colored tops! Simply style a colorful blouse with your black dress pants and blazer for an effortless outfit for the office. We love tops that combine vibrant colors with frilly details like ruffles or crochet lace. Our Be Okay Teal Ruffle Top features the cutest sleeves, and our Playing Cupid Wine Red Blouse is so romantic! Tuck either of these tops into a black pencil skirt for a pretty and professional look. Show off your personality by choosing a top in your favorite color!


Floral Dresses

Floral dresses are easily one of the most popular styles we offer here at Bella Ella Boutique. Many women are unsure if their favorite floral dresses are appropriate for the office. We definitely think so! It's important to choose dresses with floral prints that aren't too busy, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to find a floral dress with a smaller floral print. We love the soft and feminine style of our Japanese Gardens Blush Floral Dress. If you're looking for a more minimal look, we recommend our Precious Jewel Black Knee-Length Wrap Dress. It has a simple, vintage-inspired blossom print that is subtle yet sophisticated.


Trendy Skirts

While we love pencil skirts, there are so many other skirt styles that are office-appropriate! We have been loving all of the fun new trends for skirts these past few months. With its paperbag waist, buttons, a tie-front, and a unique green color, our Girl Almighty Olive Midi Skirt is everything you could ever want in a skirt! If you're looking for something a little fancier, we recommend our Hopeful Romantic Cream Pleated Midi Skirt. It has pleated details and gorgeous material that glows! Pair either of these skirts with a coordinating blouse and heels for the perfect outfit!


Lace Tops

Add some elegance to any business casual outfit with a lace top! The texture of a lace blouse creates such a gorgeous look. We recommend our Keep You Around White Lace Top; it's one of our absolute favorite pieces! This white top features intricate lace details, bell sleeves, and a high neckline. Simply pair this top with a burgundy pencil skirt for a stunning outfit. If you love the look of lace but want something more subtle, check out our Be The Good Navy Lace Blouse! This dark blue top has crochet lace accents that are so flirty and fashionable. For more coverage, wear a camisole under each of these tops.


Structured Mini Dresses

We've got great news, you can wear mini dresses to the office! The key is to choose a dress with a structured fit, as this will ensure a more professional look. Clean lines, pleating, and tailored styles are your best options for office-appropriate mini dresses. Our Love Spell Teal Dress has a pleated waistline and crochet lace cap sleeves. One of our favorite mini dresses for the office is our Something Wonderful Black Dress. With its pleating and dart details, structured fit, and fun teal zipper, this dress is perfect! Both of these dresses would look great with a cropped blazer.


Styling Tips

Combining Patterns

Mixing and matching different patterns and prints has been all the rage in street style lately, so why not bring this trend into the workplace? Combining patterns isn't as complicated as it sounds, we promise! The first step is to find some classic prints. Some examples of these would include leopard print, basic stripes, houndstooth, polka dots, and grid plaid. Next, add some more unique prints like florals, plaids, paisleys, abstracts, etc. Some of the basic tips for creating cohesive looks is combining similar colors, using different sizes of prints, or sticking to monochromatic, black and white prints. Some of our favorite combinations are polka dots with plaid, leopard prints with stripes, and florals with linear prints. For more tips, check out our blog post on how to mix patterns like a fashion blogger!

Our model, Madelyn, is wearing our Inner Beauty Mustard Floral Blouse with our Life Imitates Art Grid Palazzo Pants. This combination is definitely one of our favorites! The floral print and windowpane plaid print complement each other so well, and the mustard yellow serves as a pop of color from the black pants, shoes, and choker. The unique silhouette and modern style make this business casual outfit so artsy!


Tie-Front Tops

Tie-Front Tops have been so popular lately, and we've had many customers ask us if these cute tops are appropriate for the office. Our answer is yes, of course! The key is to choose a top that fits you just right. If your tie-front top fits too tight or too baggy, it won't look as professional. However, once you've found the perfect tie-front top, it's so much fun to experiment with business casual looks! One of our favorite ways to style a tie front top is with a plain flare skirt with a high waist. If you want a bolder look, try pairing a colorful, patterned tie-front top with a pair of skinny black slacks and then stack on the jewelry!

Our model, Rachel, is wearing our Go-Getter Beige Top with our Free Falling Navy Pleated Skirt and the cutest floral loafers. The frilly and feminine top is perfectly balanced by the sleek and classic flare skirt, and we think the floral loafers tie the whole outfit together!


Yes, You Can Wear Jeans

More and more companies are allowing (and even encouraging!) their employees to wear denim jeans, and we couldn't be happier! One widely spread misconception about jeans is that they can't be worn in business casual outfits. We are here to tell you that not only can you wear jeans, but you can look like professional while doing so! Choose dark wash jeans with no holes or distressing and pair them with a muted color blouse, black blazer, and high heels. During the summer, jeans can be styled with a lightweight white blazer and heeled sandals. We recommend wearing dressier pieces with your jeans to avoid a look that's too casual. Another way to class up your jeans is to cuff them and accessorize with some classy hoop earrings or a gold watch.

Our model, Jess, is wearing our Summer In The Hamptons White Blazer with a striped tie-front top and a pair of dark wash jeans. The brown button on the blazer and the brown heeled sandals add the cutest touch to this outfit. If you love the striped top as much as we do, check out our new Stripe Obsession collection to shop for similar pieces!


Two Neutrals + One Color

There's something so chic about business casual outfits with a single pop of color! To achieve this look, simply combine two neutral pieces with one colorful accent piece. For an elevated ensemble, choose a neutral-colored pattern or print for one of your base pieces. You could also use darker colors like forest green and navy blue as neutrals for a more colorful look. There are endless styles you could create following this simple color trick! Whether you combine black, gray, and purple or beige, white, and mustard yellow, this look will make you stand out!

Our model, Janessa, is wearing our Influential Black Houndstooth Pants with a basic black top and our Tales to Tell Burgundy Cardigan. The silver jewelry and black strappy heels really tie this look together, and the burgundy and black plaid combo make the perfect winter outfit for the office or even a night out!


You Got This, Girl!

Remember, no matter what you wear, you deserve to be treated with respect at work! A true girl boss recognizes her own worth and knows that she doesn't need to wear the perfect outfit every day in order to be a good employee. That being said, it can be fun to dress up for work, and sometimes it's required.

We hope this guide gave you some new ideas for office-appropriate outfits. By investing in some staple pieces and then choosing unique accent pieces, it's easy to create the perfect business casual wardrobe for you!  

For more inspiration and the latest, fashion-forward business casual styles, check out our new Girl Boss collection, only at Bella Ella Boutique


 

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