A Guide to ‘Business casual’

 

“Business casual” is the trickiest code to crack as it can mean a multitude of different things to different people.

There isn’t an exact definition as to what constitutes business casual, but I guess to summarise it’s the informal version of business attire.

“Business casual is a kind of middle ground between formal business wear and street wear.”- Wikipedia Definition.

While business casual is applicable to a wide variety of workplaces, it is often interpreted in varying degrees. Needless to say, there is a fiddly balance that must be reached to achieve the perfect business casual look and will depend heavily on your work environment and how your colleagues dress. If you’re lucky and are in a laidback workplace (Like mine) you may have a bit more flexibility when it comes to incorporating casual items into your daily ensembles.

Here are some basic tips for achieving the perfect business casual look:

  1. Steer clear of denim (Particularly jeans) Instead, opt for bottoms in cotton, silk, or blends.
  2. If you would wear it out to a club, the likelihood is you probably shouldn’t wear it to work.
  3. All clothing should be clean and wrinkle-free. I hate ironing but if you intend on wearing a shirt, it needs to be done.
  4. Hats are just not okay for the office.
  5. Closed-toe shoes are ideal. But, if your office is more lax, nice sandals (not flip-flops) during warmer months are probably okay.

Take a look at some of my favourite staple items for the office:

Black Pencil Skirt- MISSGUIDED

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Tailored trousers-ASOS

*Get these in every colour! They are a lifesaver when running late in the morning.  Pair with a crisp shirt and you’re good to go.

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Dress-HOBBS LONDON

I love love love dresses like this! They are so easy to wear and guaranteed you will not only look chic you will feel it too!

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Oxford shirt-RALPH LAUREN

You really cant have enough smart shirts. I like the Ralph Lauren oxford shirts as they are a very flattering fit.

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As for shoes, I suggest brogues for the more wintery seasons and a cute dolly shoe or simple mid block heel for spring/summer.

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Hope this helped and you enjoyed reading.

Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear about your work-style.

Love,

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DR.Martens-The Pastel Collection

Its official, the daffodils have bloomed, lambs are bleating and we’ve even had a enough sun to warrant us brits moaning that its “too warm”… yep, we are without a doubt in full swing of spring…

and with new seasons comes new collections and Dr.Martens have released their most gorgeous SS range yet;

PASTELS!

There is no denying pastel colours have pretty much taken over this season already, so it was obvious these beauties would be a hit.

Ranging from £95 for shoes to £200 for boots this range is fairly affordable in comparison to most other branded shoes.

The range is split across three key styles, The 1461 3-eye shoe, mary-jane and Pascal 8-eye boot all available in ivory, blue moon and bubblegum pink.

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It’s a great mix of toughness and femininity. It combines their sturdy sole with soft coloured virginia leather.

I chose the bubblegum Pink brogue style shoes as they are easy to both dress up or down. I  wear them to work with a pair of jeans and a collared shirt during the week and at the weekend I tend to pair them with a cute tea dress.

I am a UK size 5 and these fit perfect, although most people  tend to say they come up slightly small so depending on whether buy them online or in store, it might be worth trying them on and opting for a half size bigger.

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Love, Meg x

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