Cracking Office Dress Codes: Small Business Casual


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. 

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