Getting Down To Business

Hello, beautiful! It’s not often that I need to dress in business attire. In fact, it’s a genre of clothing I feel least comfortable pulling off. I’d much prefer wearing jeans and a tee (wink, wink). As the workplace has become much more casual, the dress codes have relaxed quite a bit. I think it’s important, however, to dress for success and to dress for the occasion. This business look balances traditional suiting elements with modern elements. Since I got these wool pants from J.Crew years ago, they’ve been my go-to for a business chic look in the colder months. Here, I paired them with a Milly bell-sleeve sweater. Although I absolutely love the look of bell sleeve tops and sweaters, I must confess that wearing them can be quite annoying. Maybe I’m just clumsy, but the sleeves always seem to fall into my food as I eat, dip into the hummus as I reach for the pita, or knock over a glass of wine (gasp). The fanning of the sleeve just gets in the way of everything. Milly saves the day by creating a three quarter length baby bell sleeve. The silhouette remains but is scaled down into a much more practical style. To give a little break to the black and grey palette, I add a skinny tortoise belt, tortoise sunnies, and a trusty large bag. I then go back to the black and grey theme with a black suede pump.

How do you do business attire? Do you keep it casual, strictly business, or a balance of both? Please share your thoughts- I’d love to hear from you.

Business Chic

Business Chic

Style Notes

As with any top I own, this sweater pairs beautifully jeans for a more casual chic look. I like the idea of going with a slightly flared jeans to compliment the bell sleeve. These pants have proven to be incredibly versatile. I’ve worn them with a chunky sweater for a cozy look, a white tank for a typical Florida winter day, and an emerald green silk blouse for an unexpected duo.

How would you style these individual pieces into the rest of your wardrobe? I’d love to learn about your ideas.

Get shopping: J.Crew pants (similar here and here), Milly sweater, J.Crew pumps, Illesteva sunnies, Louis Vuitton bag.

Special thanks to Allana Wesley White Photography for the lovely photos.