Ladies, let’s talk business casual! When your new office lets you know that their dress code is business casual, one of a few reactions might occur. You will love it, hate it or just be confused by it. When it comes down to it, the term business casual can be quite the conundrum. It’s not formal but it’s not casual, you still need to look professional but also not overdone. So where does a business woman begin? Look no further for your fashion tips-because all the answers are right here. Let’s dive in!
Fortunately, there are many options that fit into the business casual dress code. Women’s fashion in particular has a long list of items that can form the foundation of a strong business casual wardrobe.
The following list will direct you towards the individual items that can work well within this business casual framework.
- Pants: well-cut, dress pants in cotton, khaki, twill and even corduroy this season!
- Skirts: mid-length skirts in pencil or A-line shapes, are all acceptable business casual styles and lengths.
- Dresses: sheath, shirt and wrap around styles all work well at the office!
- Sweaters: contemporary stylish cardigans or pullovers in quality knits are great for fall!
- Blazers: tailored for a nice fit that is both classic and fashionable.
- Blouses: fashion forward shirts and blouses that are tasteful and not revealing.
- Outerwear: tailored or belted classic looks in autumn shades.
- Shoes: close toe, peep-toe or even a fancy, delicate sandal in early autumn before the weather shifts to the cooler temperatures.
The above list of fashion tips is simply a guideline. However, it is always a good idea to gauge your choices based on the people who work in your office; your co-workers, bosses and even the clients that your office meets with are all good examples. Take the time to notice how they all dress and then tailor your choices accordingly. Each office varies in what is considered appropriate, so keeping a watchful eye is always recommended.
Ideally though, business casual should represent a style that can double as professional in the boardroom, as well as casually stylish enough for an evening dinner. Clothing that can take you from day to night with ease. This includes having pieces that can transition from one season to the next, such as the layering that can be done with fall and winter items. And fortunately, this is a dress code that allows your personal style to shine through quite a bit. Whether you lean more to the sophisticated side or prefer to be a little more out there in your clothing choices, there’s a way to incorporate it all into business casual.
Now that we are clear on the meaning of business casual, let’s get into some of the more specific fashion tips for autumn 2019! Fall is such a great season for fashion because we can finally get ourselves back into beautiful boots, cozy scarfs and soft sweaters that are both comforting and stylish. Autumn is about warm drinks, spiced scents and a turnover of styles and ideas. It’s also a time when many of the new items that you purchase, can used for layering during the next season. This is especially true in fall. A simple cardigan now, can be used for an extra layer come winter time. A fall dress can be worn in winter with a pair of leggings. So many ways to make your autumn business casual look work for you!
So, what’s in store for women’s autumn fashion of 2019? Let’s check it out! Just for info, I get my inspiration from Hush and Ted Baker, which have a great choice in womenswear, from dresses and jackets to cashmere and jumpsuits, as well as lots of accessories like bags, scarves and necklaces.
The short list of women’s fashion styles for 2019:
- Large Bags
- Check Prints
- Waist Belts
- Pointed Toe Shoes
- Brown Outerwear
Here are the best ways to update your basic fall business casual wardrobe this season. By adding in pieces that include some or all of the below fashion tips, you will transform your business casual wardrobe from summer to fall seamlessly.
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Florals are always a beautiful way to keep your look feminine and delicate but they are often a staple of the hotter summer months. For fall 2019 however, they’re coming with us into the cooler temperatures! Think navy blue with tiny muted flower patterns across a stunning wrap or shirt dress. Pair it with some ankle boots, an oversized bag and maybe a long cardigan to make your fall look pop!
Some say that essence of a woman is found inside her purse. Gone are the days of minimalist purses that fit nothing but your lipstick and phone. This season, we are free to haul around everything that is important to us in a large oversized bag! Think makeup cases, contact lense solution, a notebook, your cordless phone charger, your favorite reusable water bottle and anything else you can think of. Because yes, it will all fit into the bags of Fall 2019!
Plaid is back! Plaids are a quintessential representation of fall and 2019 women’s fashion is all over it. Plaids in all colors will be making their appearance this season and although they are bold, they can still be integrated within the business casual dress code. Perhaps via a bold accessory, a bag or even a small plaid print across a pair of well-cut pants that are then paired with a classic white blouse. However, it is that you choose to integrate your plaid, know that your business casual fashion can handle it during the 2019 season!
Nothing makes your waist appear smaller than a well-placed belt. Women’s fashion this season will see cinched in waists across both dresses and outerwear. Billowy or fitted clothing alike, waist belts are everywhere! So, enjoy this fashion trend and use it to your advantage on knits, coats and everything in between! Autumn fashion in 2019 is a chance to reign in that material and cinch it around your waist to show off your assets in a classy, feminine way.
Pointed Toe Shoes
In an ode to the ballerina that lives inside us all, pointed toe shoes are back! Flats, boots and close toes heels of this season are all sporting a pointy little toe which works perfectly within the business casual dress code of any office. The pointed toe is a classic look that emphasizes the timelessness of a professional look but updated for this season’s top picks.
For season upon season, black has dominated the outerwear market but now…for autumn fashion 2019, it looks like brown is the new black! From a variant of camel hues to the darker chestnuts, burgundy’s and chocolate browns, all will be dominating women’s fashion for autumn of 2019. Browns are warmer to the eye and consequently to the soul. They make us feel cozy and protected from those cooler temperatures while still maintaining that classic, business feel.
Can you believe it? Corduroy is making a comeback this season! No longer the cords of decades past though, this time, the look is updated, fresh and very fashion-forward. Corduroy will be making its way across pants, blazers and even outerwear this season. It’s a great material that is exceptionally comfortable and works very well as autumn transitions into winter. Not to mention that the corduroy styles of this season are perfectly matched in terms of style and comfort.
One of the best ways to ensure that your fall 2019 style is on point is by planning out your week in advance. This can mean carefully pairing each outfit with a mix of items that are both professional and casual in order to achieve a classic business casual look. Think of a well-cut pair of plaid pants with a classic white t-shirt to start the week. Then perhaps a shirt dress, cinched at the waist with a belt on the following day! Prints and florals are best mixed with solid colors, which works great to mix things up mid-week!
Finally, as the end of the week approaches, a fun corduroy blazer to balance out a dark denim pant. By planning your outfits in advance, you can avoid that early morning what to wear stress. As we all know, workdays can be long and often driven by the eternal hustle. Make it easier on yourself by selecting some quality autumn 2019 pieces from our above fashion tips and organize your week of sassy, classy and stunning fall fashion pieces well in advance!