Business Casual: two words that, when put together, can be so confusing as to their meaning. What does business casual actually mean anyways? Truth be told, there isn’t one definition for it. The dictionary defines it as “as style of casual clothing worn by businesspeople at work instead of more formal attire.” I don’t know about you, but that’s not a very helpful definition for me! Business casual attire is listed as the dress code for so many businesses today and is growing in popularity, but the definition of what “business casual attire” actually means differs from company to company. I’ve known it to mean you can wear jeans and t-shirts five days a week, and I’ve also known it to mean no jeans, only dress pants or skirts five days a week. For the sake of this blog post, I am going to assume that it means no t-shirts, jeans or sweatpants but that other semi-casual forms of pants are acceptable if paired with a nice top, sweater or blouse (and no pant suits!). Basically my definition of business casual is somewhere in the middle of “business” and “casual.” All that being said, I’ve compiled 5 easy ways you can spice up your business casual attire and make it more stylish.
1) Statement Necklace/Bracelets. Statement necklaces are BIG, both in size and continued popularity from last year. Try adding a multicolored statement necklace to a mostly monotone outfit and see what it does. Large, chunky bracelets are also popular and can add a lot to an outfit. Wear a stack of delicate charm bracelets or go for one thick bangle worn on the opposite wrist as your watch (also a great outfit addition that never goes out of style).
2) Jogger Pants. These are sweatpants’ better-looking cousin. Typically made out of canvas or suede material, these are loose-fitting pants with wide elastic at the waistband and cuffs. These can easily be dressed up with a tucked-in blouse and heels or flats – just make sure that you pair them with a top that is at least somewhat fitted and/or tucked in- a baggy top might look sloppy with these pants since they’re already loose.
3) Bright Lipstick. This can go with just about any outfit and instantly adds a pop of color to your ensemble – try a bright pink or fuchsia during the warmer months for an edgy look.
4) Floral Scarf. Spring and summer’s version of the ever-popular fall and winter scarves. Oversized scarves in bright floral and abstract prints are going to be trending this season. Choose one that’s large enough to be worn a variety of ways and also made of a lightweight material appropriate for the season.
5) Wedge Heels. They never truly went out of style, but they are definitely more in style now than they have been in recent years. A trendy twist on the classic high heels, wedge heels are just as professional and can dress up a more casual outfit easily.