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Ideas for Business Casual Attire

Chunky Sweater and Long Skirt

Go for casual yet businesslike with a chunky pullover sweater and long skirt. But no rolled-out-of-bed look here -- huge, shapeless sweaters are like a slice of heaven to lounge in, but look grungy for work. Cinch your waist with a belt. Wear heels with a long skirt to add height. Try skirts in silk, rayon or wool. Boring is out. Business fabulous is in.

Cardigan Sweater and Slacks

Thank goodness for a cardigan sweater. It makes an outfit look so put-together. Pair a cardigan with slacks and get in high gear to handle any workload. Accessorize a wool or cotton-blend cardigan with dress slacks and high-heeled loafers. Wear a shirt or tank inside the cardigan for a layered look.

Dress with Blazer

Grab a blazer and turn a dress into office worthy chic. Wear a silk or rayon dress that stops at the knee or falls 2 inches below. No clingy materials or spandex. Command attention by combining the dress with a well-fitted blazer (wool, tweed, cotton-blend) that has sharp shoulders and a defined waist. Complete this sharp ensemble with a closed-toe pump or sling-back shoe.

Button-Down Shirt and Skirt

Take a button-down shirt and combine it with a skirt (knee-length, loosely fitted). Top it off with pumps and a pair of simple gold earrings. Professional looks great with this low-key style.


Some companies allow jeans as part of their business casual dress code. If you want to wear the denim, pick a dark blue. Wear a trouser jean that sits directly on the waist and does not cling to the legs. Accessorize with a tie-neck blouse and pumps, and you will be office ready.

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