September 12th, 2013
Fashion News, Shopping, Style Inspiration, What to Wear, Winter Wardrobe, Work Wardrobe
Fall 2013 Style Inspiration: 5 Fun Business Casual Outfit Ideas
By Danielle Nicole

Although the warm weather appears to show no signs of letting up, my mind is set to all things Fall. And today’s What to Wear request has given me the perfect excuse to covet a few Fall worthy pieces to update my wardrobe.

Myleisha writes, “I have embarked on this journey to Theology or Ministry school and our requirements are that we wear “Business Smart Casual” wear throughout school. I have no clue what this looks like or how to put it together. Helllpppp!!! I’m not over the top but would love to walk in and let my presence be made known. Any help is appreciated!!”

With a business casual wardrobe, you have a little more wiggle room to create more stylish options in comparison to a conservative style aesthetic. Investing in structured blazers, tapered trousers, and standard blouses should be the foundation to building a solid wardrobe. From there, add on stylish footwear and structured handbags to accent your everyday look.

For a detailed back to school lineup, I mixed a business casual vibe with a noteworthy autumn feel. While keeping the hemlines and silhouettes on the demure side, I played with rich hues, contrasting textures, and playful prints to create your classroom style. Let’s start with your first look…

Tailored black trousers with a taupe peplum top and a pair of grey Coach square heel pumps create a chic business look.

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Liven up this neutral fit with a color block handbag, gold tone black fringe necklace, a minimalist plated wrist cuff, and gold geometric linear earrings. A deep plum lip and a neutral lid cap off this peplum ensemble.

Give your favorite boot cut jeans a slight boost with a grey blouse accented by a Tory Burch Kennedy purple tweed jacket.

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A sleek navy pump offset by a grey J.Crew tote and gold Aztec earrings adds a stylish twist to this denim look.

For a look that’s more business than casual, dress up a simple black pencil skirt with a Michael Kors satin chartreuse hued blouse and a multi-tone black trimmed blazer.

How to Build a Business Casual Wardrobe

Opt for black suede ankle strap pump , a military green handbag, and vintage eyeglasses to compliment this savvy ensemble.

Create a head to toe monochromatic look with a wine hued leather pencil skirt and polka dot pussybow blouse.

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Step into a pair of Sam Edelman Desiree pointed heels or a cap toe ballet flat along with a Brahmin large Duxbury satchel. Lastly, work in touches of grey with a striking mani and smoldering lid.

And what would a complete Fall wardrobe be without a fabulous chunky knit sweater? For your final wardrobe option, dress up a comfy camel hued jumper (find similar style here) with a pair of sleek trousers and a black cut out suede pump or a jewel embellished ballerina flat.

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A Michael Kors crocodile embossed satchel, Stella McCartney eyeglasses, and a draped chain necklace add the finishing touch.

What do you think? Do any of these style suggestions make the cut for your classroom look? Good luck with your studies! And wishing you a fabulous school year!

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18 Responses to “Fall 2013 Style Inspiration: 5 Fun Business Casual Outfit Ideas”

  1. Crystal says:

    Chile, I’m just going to give a you few paychecks and let you shop for me.

  2. SMV says:

    love it all for work and church.

  3. Sade says:

    Loved every. single. look!

  4. 11 Reasons says:

    I love all of the looks except #4. I’m LIVING for these blazers! I clicked on the “clothing option” links below each look and it just redirected me to google. :(

  5. Natasha says:

    Great, accessible styles in all four sets. Thanks, Danielle! The sweater style in the last one reminded me of a red short sleeved Carven sweater:

    Not a nude color, though.

  6. thephillydiva says:

    Thanks for the great outfit ideas!! :)

  7. Martinique_Fr says:

    Great job Danielle!!! I love and want ALL the looks.

  8. Toni says:

    Awesome outfits Danielle, I love them all, however I am directed to Google each time I click on the clothing options.

  9. RL says:

    Awesome! Love how the amaze bag in look 1 is named after you!!! I may need to cop that! ;-)

  10. Pari says:

    These are great! I’ll be using some of these ideas. When I click it goes straight to google for me as well and has been for some time. I thought it was just me!

  11. binks says:

    These outfits are great!

  12. Tabatha says:

    I love each look. I just placed those blue suede pumps in look No. 2 in my shopping cart! Lord knows I don’t need another pair, but I loooooove those. I’m going to wait 10 minutes and pray before I hit “proceed to checkout.” Trying to be less of a compulsive shopper:^))

  13. Brittany says:

    I guess I’m the only one that thinks none of these look business casual. They all look like straight business wear to me. Maybe look number 2 because of the denim.

  14. Marsha says:

    I’m in love with all of this! Thank you for the ideas.

  15. A says:

    Too expensive for me, but great inspiration.

  16. Marsha D says:

    Gurrrllllll! Danielle Nicole….I am here for EV-ER-RY Thing you post! *loves*

  17. Kim says:

    Love the looks! I’d like to pin them to my Pinterest page but I don’t see the logo. Can someone tell me how to pin these…if it’s possible? Tx.

  18. Simone says:

    I absolutely loved every look but the third was amazing.

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