Cracking Office Dress Codes: Small Business Casual

12/29/16

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.  You can check out part one of the series - where I tackled the business casual look - HERE and part two of the series where I took on the business professional look HERE.



Today I'm showing you how to dress small business casual. Have you ever worked in a small business casual environment? I did in one of my previous positions. Small business casual is noted as one level down from business casual. For a small business casual look, women can wear more casual fabrics such as cotton. Dark denim is totally appropriate, as well as open toe-ed heels, flat sandals, or wedges. You can also wear shirts in bold patterns or colors. As for the men in the office, small business casual means casual trousers, dark denim, and collared polos. 








For my small business casual look, I paired a peplum top with dark pants. Yes, that's tulle you see underneath the top. How cute is that? I love, love, love tulle but let's face it - tulle is not office appropriate. This top is a perfect and subtle way to incorporate tulle into your outfit.  With my suede grey booties, my look was instantly office appropriate.



T.M. Lewin has made office dressing 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 absolutely beautiful. Some of my favorite small business casual looks looks include this subtle black cardigan. For the men out there, T.M.Lewin is best known for the endless range of men's shirts they offer. For a small business casual look, I love this shirt and this shirt.

 Next week, I'll show you how to tackle office dressing for a creative office environment. Be sure to check back next week for some more tips. In the meantime, check out my previous posts on cracking your office dress code here and here. 

Thank you so much for reading! Happy New Year!

Top: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew
Necklace: Forever 21, Similar Here
Boots: ShoeMint, Similar Here
Lipstick: Ravish Me Red by Revlon
Watch: Coach
 
This post is in collaboration with T.M. Lewin. All opinions are my own. 


Holiday Velvet

12/22/16




Is anyone as obsessed with velvet as I am? It's so beautiful and looks instantly elegant. Velvet is great to be worn as a top, bottom, or a dress. If you want to wear something effortlessly stylish to your office holiday party, try velvet.

So, the past few years that I've worked at my current job, I've missed our holiday party. I always happen to be traveling for work. This year, the ladies in my group and I went out for a fancy lunch. It was the perfect excuse for me to wear this velvet top and these gorgeous earrings. I really do wish that velvet was something I can wear all year round, but it's really just appropriate for the winter. But... I've been known to always break fashion rules, so who knows? You might see this velvet top make an appearance on the blog in the summer! 



I'll be back to posting my series on Cracking Your Office Dress Code next week. In the meantime, you can read part 1 and part 2 of the series here.  

Have you gotten your holiday shopping done yet? I'm almost done and just need to grab a few small things... Nothing like leaving things for the last minute. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season :)  Thanks so much for reading!

Top: Zara
Pants: Forever 21,similar here
Lipstick: Media by Mac
Watch: Coach, similar here
Earrings: Forever 21, similar here
Boots: Rampage via TjMaxx, similar here

Other velvet looks I'm loving:  These joggers, this mini dress, this gorgeous top, and these boots.

Cracking Office Dress Codes: Business Formal

12/1/16

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.  You can check out part one of the series - where I tackled the business casual look - HERE.



Today I'm showing you how to dress business formal. Have you ever worked in a business formal environment? My current workplace does not have a business formal dress code and neither did my past workplaces. However, I do occasionally dress business formal for work! Especially when I attend board meetings and conferences, meet clients for an interview for a story I'm working on, or if I'm attending an off-site or on-site meeting. For a business formal look, you should wear a button down/collared top, neat dress pants, and solid colored flats or heels (no sandals!). If you're wearing a skirt, it should be conservative in length. Be sure to wear tights. Always dress business formal for job interviews, important meetings, and upscale work events. Remember that you can never be overdressed :)

For my male readers - a business formal look means a two or three piece suit, black or brown shoes, and a solid colored or subtly patterned tie.  







When I dress business formal, I usually stick to black dress pants, a button down shirt, and a blazer. I always keep my jewelry subtle and make sure my hair is neat. Makeup wise- I keep it minimal and stray away from bright lipstick. These black pants are from J. Crew and are my go-to. They're structured like dress pants but are comfortable like leggings. This white button down shirt is from Forever 21 and I wear it with literally everything - I've even dressed it down with ripped jeans.  You don't have to break the bank for a business professional look!

 T.M. Lewin has made office dressing 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 absolutely beautiful. Some of my favorite business professional looks include this white button down and this striped top. For the men out there, T.M.Lewin is best known for the endless range of men's shirts they offer. If you need some holiday gift ideas for the man in your life, my favorite shirts from T.M. Lewin are this one, this one, and this one



Next week, I'll show you how to dress business professional.  Business professional is similar to the business formal look, but down a notch or two. Be sure to check back next week for some tips!  In the meantime, don't forget to check out my business casual look.

Thank you so much for reading :)

Pants: J. Crew
Button Down: Forever 21, Similar Options- Save or Splurge
Blazer: Forever 21
Earrings: Forever 21, Similar Here
Watch: Coach, Similar Here
Heels: Nine West 
Lipstick: Florence Fig by Trestique


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