This week while discussing office dressing in a career forum, an interesting topic was brought up. Jess said,
“I think the hardest thing about dressing for work these days is not overdressing. If I want to wear a nice dress or skirt, I often get jokes about “where are YOU interviewing today?”
This is an unfortunate reality of corporate America becoming increasingly casual. In too many offices, people are not expected to dress up and we go from business casual to in the blink of an eye.
Our suggestion to overcome this casual rut would be; slowly start transitioning your wardrobe into a more professional feel. If you add pieces to your look little by little, in a week or two, no one will be caught off guard when you wear a dress. And if they do say something, we love a witty retort…
Here are a few dresses perfect for a casual office this summer.
You know we would have a cardigan or blazer on hand to finish these looks. How would you accessorize these dresses for a casual office? We’d also love to know how you deal with coworkers comments about your style. Leave us a comment below.
We love New York Fashion Week but sometimes you just need a break, or a reality check. So we’re bringing you two outfits each under $100. Even better, you can mix and match the pieces to save even more.
With a dress from The Limited, accessories from Charlotte Russe, and your favorite basic black pumps you’ll have a Workchic look without breaking the bank. Our total for this business casual outfit is $94.68.
The Limited Shaped Ruffle Shirtdress for $53.70
Charlotte Russe: Offset Buckle Belt $12.99, Textured Patent Hobo $19.99, and Filigree Flower Earrings $4, Mixed Bangle Set $4.
We took the red hobo bag and double buckle belt to create one more outfit for Casual Friday. We recommend pairing this with your favorite dark wash denim. Wrap the cardigan and belt at your natural waist. We even found an amazing peep toe pump in case you forgot to update your basics. This outfit totals $96.16.
Charlotte Russe: Offset Buckle Belt $12.99, Textured Patent Hobo $19.99, Open Front Drape Cardigan $17.99, Scoop Neck Cami + Shelf Bra $7.50, Pearl & Rhinestone Layered Necklace $7.99
Endless.com: Liliana Women’s Cord Open-Toe Pump for $29.70.
While some may say we cheated by leaving the shoes out of the first outfit and jeans out of the second, these are two items you should have in your wardrobe already. Plus we multi-purposed two of the items for each outfit. That ought to get us off the hook. We hope you enjoyed this small fashion week break. We are headed back to the Runway!
Now when visiting ShopBop.com you can go directly to your favorite Workchic designers. See what you want to see! My Designers feature makes finding what’s new and what’s on sale from your top labels easy, letting you edit Shopbop’s selection to your exact specifications. It’s easy to get started. Here are some insider tips on using the feature.
1. First, compile a master list of your top designers by checking the box next to your favorite brands.
2. You can add new designers as you shop with the orange plus sign next to the brand name.
3. Use the My Links menu on the right side of the window to see What’s New & What’s On Sale from your favorites. This menu will travel with you as you shop.
Our love of chic dresses will definitely have us adding Diane von Furstenberg, Black Halo, and Lela Rose to start our list.
Check out My Designers at Shopbop today!