Cracking Office Dress Codes: Business Casual

11/18/16

I'm teaming up with T.M. Lewin to help you crack your office dress code. This post is part of a five part series where I'll show you how to dress for different office dress codes - business formal, business professional, business casual, small business casual, and creative. The world of office-appropriate attire is often difficult to crack. Especially when work environments and trends continuously evolve. 





Today I'm showing you how to dress for a business casual work environment. I scored this gorgeous black dress at Primark. I actually wore this exact dress when I had engagement pictures taken a few weeks ago. Since the dress is just plain black, I added a fun statement necklace and bold printed flats to elevate my look. A red lip, as always, completed my look.I love this dress because it's so versatile. I also love the gorgeous crochet pattern - it's so timeless. The dress can be dressed up for the office or dressed down for the weekend. 








My office is business casual. I usually wear skirts, dresses, and dark pants to work. For a business casual look, you should wear a skirt, dress, or dress pants. If you're like me and love color, be sure to wear solid colors and subtle patterns. Anything too "loud" wouldn't be business casual office appropriate! If you want to make a statement, do it with jewelry. Statement pieces are a definite go. As for shoes, always go for closed-toe heels, flats, or loafers in appropriate colors or patterns. If you need some inspiration, some of my favorite business casual looks that I've worn on the blog are this emerald top and skirt combo, this cream sweater, and this sweater dress.

Luckily, T.M. Lewin made it easy and created an easy-to-follow guide for office dressing! Check the guide out below. T.M. Lewin is a British brand based in London specializing in modern work wear for both men and women. The pieces are absolute beautiful. Some of my favorite business casual looks include this gorgeous dress which would be so perfect for winter with black tights and booties.




Next week, I'll show you how to dress Business Formal. Business Formal is the way to dress for job interviews, important client meetings, or if you're at a conference. Check back next week for more.

Thanks so much for reading!

Dress: Primark, similar here, loving this one, and this splurge
Shoes: Express
Earrings: Forever 21
Necklace: New York & Co, similar here
Watch: Coach
Lipstick: Diva (Liquid Velvet) by Ciate London 
Nails: Bordeaux by Essie



This post is a collaboration with T.M. Lewin. All opinions are my own.

Fall Florals

11/1/16



I love wearing floral patterns all year 'round - summer, spring, winter, and especially fall. Here in New Jersey, we've been blessed with a few warmer fall days so it was the perfect opportunity for me to wear this dress without tights. This dress is really versatile! I can wear it in the summer with sandals and even in the winter with tights and a sweater. This dress is another Primark steal... Have I mentioned how much I love that store? 

The dress falls a little below my knees. Since I'm petite, I'm always afraid to wear midi dresses but short girls CAN wear midi dresses! My advice - make sure the dress doesn't have a crazy pattern which can make you look shorter. Also, nude shoes create an illusion of elongated legs. 




How has your week been? It's been a whirlwind last few weeks for me with work and life. I'm so happy to say that my wedding planning has been going great. All of my big vendors are booked and I'm so relieved. Now it's just (hopefully) smooth sailing for the next year. Just a little over a year till I tie the knot! We had our engagement shoot this past weekend and here's a preview of some of the pictures, if you'd like to see.

Thanks so much for reading! Have a great week :)  

Dress: Primark, no longer available but loving these dark florals - 1, 2, and 3.
Shoes: Zooshoo, no longer available but loving this and this
Earrings: A gift, similar here
Lipstick: Sheer Modesty by Mac
Watch: Coach, Similar Here
Nails: Fearlessly Alice by Opi