Thursday, May 03, 2007

Pushing the Biz Casual Envelope

Most people who know me would probably say I'm pretty conservative. For the the most part...this is true. Sometimes, though, with certain things, I like to shake things up a bit. For example, for some reason, I really like to try to take things a person may not normally wear to work and make them work appropriate. So far, the one key that seems to work best is pairing a nice blazer with a look. I think besides that, the key is keeping your outfit edgy while still looking appropriate. For example, you can wear a casual skirt like the one below a lot easier than you could wear a mini or super tight pencil skirt, or a low cute button down shirt.

Here's what I wore earlier this week:


This skirt is probably more likely to be worn to a casual outdoor event than to a bank for a 9-5, but for some reason, it seems to work. I think the longer length of the skirt paired with the blazer and the neutral heels make the look slightly more appropriate than how I would wear it during the day - with a white tank top and espadrilles.

6 comments:

ENID P. said...

very nice...

ENID P.

dianabobar said...

Here is a post about Romanian issues regarding fashion & personal style (and my Cory Kennedy inspired outfit).

http://dianabobar.wordpress.com/2007/05/04/my-la-style-outfit/

You probably don't know much about Romania, well, it's never too late to learn:)
Have a great day, hugs&kisses,
Diana

Jessorz said...

That is way cute!

You know, I just applied for a job at a bank so I'm going to have to go back through all of your biz casual blogs to get some tips on what to wear!

Shopaholic D said...

Thanks Enid!

Thanks for the link...nice outfit!

I hope my styling tips don't get your fired! Some banks are more particular than others...though the one I'm in is pretty rigid - no sleeveless tops? as if!

:) D

Anonymous said...

Your idea is spot on. A jacket or blazer pulls off the trick of professionalism more reliably than any other garment.

With a blazer, the number of tops, skirts, and dresses that are work-appropriate magically increases. And by taking the blazer off, you can go from work to play in an instant. I always wear one to work, no exceptions.

Shopaholic D said...

I hear ya, Anonymous! I don't wear blazers every day, but that's probably just b/c I don't have enough of them...at least not enough to not wear the same ones every week

:) D