Casual office in Kate Moss style

When we saw this wool jacket at J.Crew, it instantly reminded us of the cardigan seen on Kate Moss a while back.  Her effortless style has been inspiration for so many including us here at WorkChic.

Jacket | Satchel | Scarf | Flats

casual work wear

If you can pull off denims at work, this jacket is just a wonderful piece to dress up your cozy-chic casual wear.  The berry pink hue (even more vivid in person!) of the jacket is right on with the bright outerwear trend.  The contrast piping is so flattering with unique paneling on the back side.  It’s now on sale for $198 $258.  Also available in other colors.  Layer your favorite long sleeve top to have the sleeves peek underneath, then pair it with skinny denim pants.  Dressy flats will pull your casual look together.

All the key items above are from J.Crew.  Save even more by taking advantage of their current promo with 25% off + free shipping on order of $150+!  Use code OURTREAT.

Workchic Basics for the New Year

We’ve told you how we plan to help you jump start 2010 with chic style, top notch career advice, and even some life and nutrition tips.  Now it’s time to dive in at the foundation- Your Basics!

These are the key building blocks of your professional wardrobe. Whether you have a last minute meeting or a hectic morning, with these pieces you will never have another “I have nothing to wear” moment.  We’ve discussed some of these items in previous blog entries but here we will reiterate our top 10 must haves for your work wardrobe.

1- Black Pants
2- Solid Skirt
3- White Blouse
4- Fitted Blazer
5- Cardigan
6- Solid Dress
7- Black Shoes
8- White and Black Tshirt
9- Classic Watch
10- Tote Bag that will fit your resume

With these pieces alone you could make several outfits for the office. Here’s an example using your black A-line skirt, tshirt, cardigan, black heels, watch, and tote bag. You are instantly Workchic!

Women’s Basic Business Casual Outfit

Styles shown from:
Jones New York: Black Ponte Belted Skirt, Ships 1/7, The Ruffle Trim V Neck Cardigan in grey, White Solid Puff Sleeve Tee.
Nine West: Barbe pointed toe pump, Amelia Laptop Tote
Dillard’s: Emporio Armani Classic Black-Dial Watch

Now you can personalize this outfit with a statement necklace, chandelier earrings, or swap out the tshirt for a printed blouse.  We pulled the Artemus Stone Necklace and Gemma Stone Earrings from Stella & Dot and also selected Hanii Y Brick Print Blouse as an unexpected alternative from

green statement necklace

To keep you moving in the right direction we have created 4 more looks building on your basics. Check them out and shop now for regular, petite, tall, or plus sizes.
For Petite ladies we started with a basic black dress and built up a business casual outfit from there.  Fashion cardigans can be just as useful as your basics when pairing them with neutral colors. That’s why we selected the pop of pink to highlight this wrap dress. The delicate nature of this styling called for your basic black flats as well. Cluster drop earrings and Celtic knot inspired ring completes your simple and professional look.

Business Casual petite black dress

Styles shown from:
The Limited: Draped Wrapped Dressicon, Grosgrain Flower Cardiganicon, Cluster Drop Earringsicon, Crazy Eight Ring Tamia Flat – Black
For Plus Sizes we used your black blazer, pumps, and tote bag.  For your personal touch of style, instead of a basic black dress we showcased one with a bold graphic print along the hem. To keep things office appropriate try a Second Base Demi-Cami underneath (newly available in plus sizes). Finish the look with teardrop earrings and black stud bracelet.

Women’s Plus Size Business Casual Outfit

Styles shown from:
Lane Bryant: Black Knit Dressicon, Updated career jacketicon, Flame teardrop earrings
Dillard’s: Liz Claiborne New York Beaded Stretch Braceleticon, Jessica Simpson “Josette” Peep Toe Pumpicon, Fossil “Hathaway” Glazed Leather Tote icon

For all you tall ladies, we understand your issues finding pants and shirts that are the right length. So that’s where we started with your outfit. We pulled black pants and a white dress shirt to lay the foundation. Then we added on a pink cotton scarf from Silk Road Spirit, skinny belt, and copper bracelet. To finish the look we pulled back in your basic black flats.

Basic Tall Business Casual Outfit for Women

Styles shown from:
Banana Republic: Banana Republic Womens Silky Coal Martin Skinny Pant, Banana Republic Tall french cuff shirt, Banana Republic Skinny stone-belt, Banana Republic Sandie knotted peep toe flat
Dillard’s: Fossil Stretch Braceleticon
As you can see having these core pieces in your wardrobe make building outfits easier and more fun. After all, accessories always look best glinting off a simple palette.  We want you to feel comfortable and confident in your clothing. It should be an afterthought once you walk out the door. Take one last look in the mirror then get down to business. Stay tuned while we turn some or our focus to your successful career.

Go-To Black Shoes

As we discuss updating your basics, one area we must touch on is black shoes. After a little shopping this weekend we were very inspired to discuss the subject.  Depending on your lifestyle, this may be a ballet flat or a 3″ stiletto. In our book it’s one of each.  Check out our post on Polyvore to see how to work black shoes into your work wardrobe. Plus we’ve selected some of our favorite styles under $100 from Piperlime so you can start shopping today!

Women's shoes/bags: Enzo Angiolini Natia - Black Women's shoes/bags: Jessica Simpson Jessica - Black leather Women's shoes/bags: Kenneth Cole Reaction Slip  On By - Black patent

Very classic styles do not have any embellishments on them. They can be round or pointed toe, thick or thin heel, no heel at all, or anything in-between. Some styles we love in this category are:

Pointed Toe: Women’s shoes/bags: Enzo Angiolini Natia – Black $89
Rounded Toe: Women’s shoes/bags: Jessica Simpson Jessica – Black leather $69
Ballet Flat: Women’s shoes/bags: Kenneth Cole Reaction Slip On By – Black patent $59

Women's shoes/bags: Nine West Namely - Black Women's shoes/bags: Naturalizer Hilary - Black Women's shoes/bags: Two Lips Parker - Black
Women's shoes/bags: Enzo Angiolini Rubies - Black Women's shoes/bags: AK Anne Klein Wake - Black suede Women's shoes/bags: Seychelles Runway - Black

Your go-to black shoe does not need to be as simple as our first three options. It all depends on your personal style.  We love peep-toes, buckles, stitching, ruffles, and charms to liven up our favorite shoes.  These added accessories do not mean we wear them less. In fact, we probably wear them more because they are so fun.

Women’s shoes/bags: Nine West Namely – Black
Women’s shoes/bags: Naturalizer Hilary – Black $75
Women’s shoes/bags: Two Lips Parker – Black $80
Women’s shoes/bags: Enzo Angiolini Rubies – Black
Women’s shoes/bags: AK Anne Klein Wake – Black suede $89
Women’s shoes/bags: Seychelles Runway – Black

Any of these styles will easily update your work wardrobe and make getting dressed that much simpler in the morning. While we had fun looking at different styles and creating outfits on Polyvore, these shoes really are a basic. You may be tempted to pick them up in red, silver, or a fun animal print- today let’s stick to the basics. Make sure you have this area covered and then start shopping for the extras. 

View ‘Updated Basics’ on Polyvore

Commute in Clouds and get 10% Off!

We have recently been introduced to Fit In Clouds a mini-line of fold-up, portable flats. They are a stylish alternative to sneakers, flip flops, or other comfortable shoes. Nothing ruins an outfit like an ugly pair of sneakers, but can women be expected to traipse around town in 3″ pumps all day? Try commuting in Clouds instead!

Fit in Clouds Shoes

Fit in Clouds fold up to be slightly larger than an iPhone, and have their own portable pouch. They easily fit in most handbags. You tote around an umbrella just in case of rain- why not have a comfortable pair of shoes on hand? At the end of a long workday, simply remove your heels and slip on your Clouds. They look like ballet flats and come in black, gold, and pink and feature a thick, rubber sole for comfort and protection.

You can pick up your own Clouds for $18.95 at Shop now and receive 10% off your order. Enter the code ‘ILOVECLOUDS’ at checkout, under the summary tab, to receive the discount.

Shoes are currently available in Small, Medium, and Large sizes with Extra Large coming soon.  There are no shipping charges in the US or Canada. So what are you waiting for? Toss the flip flops and buy your Clouds now!

Summer Shoe Sales

Whether you prefer flats, heels, sandals, or wedges when you head into the office- we scoured some of our favorite on-line shops and found them on sale for you!

At Piperlime we found Dainty Wanted heels for $24.99, Lovely People flats on sale for $49.99, and Seychelles sandals for $74.99. The styles and colors of these shoes will look chic now and are an investment for the fall.

Women's shoes: Wanted Dainty - Tan Women's shoes: Lovely People Lilly - Brown multi Women's shoes: Seychelles Turnaround - Green

At we found N.Y.L.A wedges for $61.69, Charles David Classic Pump $96.68, and this Bronx Cody woven loafer for $38.

N.Y.L.A. Women's Marlaina Open Toe Baby Wedge Charles By Charles David Women's Pompadour Pump Bronx Women's Cody Woven Pump Sale

At www.Heels.comwe found red ballet flats with perforated bow detail over the toe for $49.99, simple summer sandals for $49.99, and neutral t-straps for $48.49.

Adore Flat - Red Brisa Heel - Black Wicked Heel - Beige

Shop the On Sale Collection at

Shop the sales now and stock up on some fun shoes for your work wardrobe!