Cracking Office Dress Codes: Business Formal


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. 

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