- The Business Sassual Guide -
Burn your ill-fitting khakis, ladies. There's a new sheriff in town. Dressing for work doesn't have to be an expensive, unflattering weekday ritual. Let me show you my ways.
There's something to be said for a business casual dress code. I'm in the minority when it comes to loving structure. If I'm not in pajamas, I'm generally in work clothes. My husband has renamed my style 'business sassual.' Too casual to be formal, but too formal to be casual.
Whether you're starting your first job, looking to spice up your current workwear, or you just feel like being extra fance (my personal nickname for being fancy), this guide is for you. Let's go, ladies. Let's fance:
Style. Go colorful. I like to keep my work clothes neutral, so that I can re-wear pieces frequently. I opt for pointy toe heels in varying colors to both fance and spice up my looks. When you re-wear clothes, people eyeroll, but when you re-wear cute shoes, they rename you 'cute shoe girl.' Absolutely not speaking from experience.
Price. Invest. I rarely say this (I call everything in my life a 'lease'), but I believe in shoes so much that I fully commit. Chances are you spend more waking hours at work than you do at home, so instead of throwing money at hole-y jeans you can only wear once a week, put those dollars towards fabulous shoes you will wear 3x/week.
Where to Buy.
Nordstrom (if you're feeling fance)
Style. Your clothes have to fit you. I cannot stress this enough. So many women brag about spending their paychecks on high end brands, but it looks rank because of the fit. Bodycon, elastic, stretchy, all the way. I stick to neutral-ish colors (grey, mauve, forest green, black, etc.), but I'm not afraid of patterns (floral, striped, weird tiny paisley print). Patterns in subdued colors work surprisingly well and elevate your look without you even trying. As for pants, I like to keep it simple and fitted (at least I'm consistent).
Price. I have a habit of loving really cheap bodycon skirts. I'm embarrassed to write that most of my skirts are under $10 and that they hold up surprisingly well. I am also caught in $13 black Walmart jeggings when I shoot video at work. If I am forced to wear actual dress pants, I run to TJ Maxx and still spend less than $50.
Where to Buy.
Style. I have a personal aversion to basic cardigans, so they're completely off-limits in my world. They remind me of something you haphazardly throw on over an Easter dress and I can't ever un-see this. Invest in blazers. Nice-fitting blazers (are you tired of the word 'fit' yet?). If you can get away with it, wear colored long-sleeve tees to pair with your skirts. They're comfy, warm for the office, and go with everything. You can also wear them outside of work, which matters.
Price. Spend a lot on blazers (I tend to get mine on sale) and a little on tees.
Where to Buy.
Bring on the questions! What else do you babes want to know about workwear? Also, who else is business sassual? xx