Jun 28, 201104:04 AMGirl Next Door
British fashionista Charlotte Crowley tells you what to wear—and what NOT to wear.
How to Dress Business Casual
When it comes to fashion, I am rarely scared. I will bare my less-than-perfect thighs in short-shorts or bare my midriff in a crop top in the name of keeping up with trends. Anything that truly scars me (harem pants, teeny-tiny bikinis, lime green) is swiftly by-passed as I saunter onto something more flattering. However, this week I have been faced with an inescapable fashion-dilemma.
As a 21-year-old student, fashion blogger and budding journalist, I spend roughly half of my school year emailing various magazines, websites and newspapers begging for internships. This year, my prayers (or rather, emails) were answered, and next week begins my first taste of working at a real newspaper. Exciting, of course, but also terrifying. I mean, what on Earth do I wear?
The phrase “business casual” terrifies me, and it is a phrase I am frequently finding lurking at the bottom of emails, taped on surreptitiously, filling me with dread. One person's business casual is another person's casual, and I have always been a front-runner for always being over-dressed instead of under-dressed. But I have nothing in my wardrobe to wear. Not in a “staring-into-a-hundred-pieces-of-clothing-and-having-nothing-to-wear” having nothing, but genuine no-skirts-longer-than-mid-thigh nothing.
The biggest fear for me is looking like everybody else. This is why I hate uniforms, and business casual is really just another uniform.
So I hunted for advice on how to wear business casual and more importantly, how to make it fun. Here is what I found...
To keep it simple, dress mainly in neutrals. Building your business-casual wardrobe around neutrals is a great way to keep it flexible. You can't go wrong with black, navy and grey.
Blazers or smart cardigans will always keep the look professional
If you feel that your outfit is a little...boring, have fun with footwear. Keep your shoes closed-toe and not too ostentatious, but have fun with bright colours with a neutral outfit. If you aren't comfortable in heels, choose some smart flats. Keep your shoes clean and tidy.
Find a skirt that you adore and build everything around that. This will be your business-casual staple.
If you feel more comfortable with what is required of you, try a bright skirt or patterned skirt (but not together!!) to inject a little personality
Be creative with jewellery, but don't overload on accessories. This is not the place to show off your new boater hat!!
Keep your hair and makeup simple and professional- no greasy “last night” hair or bright eyeshadows, but you might get away with a swipe of bright lipstick.
Do you have any advice for dressing business casual? What does it mean for you?