The order of the day is for these events is something like business casual (an oxymoron if ever I've heard one) but perhaps even just a little more relaxed. Men seem to have this category down (albeit a bit boring) with khakis & golf shirts, but women have it a lot harder. Let's see if we can break it down:
- Suit? No, too formal.
- Dress? Yes, but not too short, not too tight, not too nightclub, not too prissy, not too dressy.
- Jeans? Yes, but not too faded nor too tight.
- Sleeveless blouses? Sure, but no tank tops, nothing too low cut.
- Skirts? Of course! But not too short nor too tight.
I've made it my mission to create an arsenal of easy-reach, easy-match in-between outfits.
Here are some of the key pieces I'm turning to...
White & denim go with everything. My first choice: pair it with a long-sleeve oxford tied at the waist. I like that I can roll the sleeves up or down to make the outfit more or less formal.
I'm not sure about jeans or skinny jeans in particular for the workplace--what do you think? But I think they're fine for
in-between days in a slim cut, trouser style, in a dark rinse like these. I like them with a sleeveless white shirt.
I look for a higher neckline like this dress has. This dress has a fun back for after work but looks perfectly appropriate with a cardigan for the workplace.
A few more outfits from my arsenal (from previous posts):
The shoes make a big difference in how dressy the outfit appears. I have a stockpile of mid-heel sandals.
I think the workplace over the warmer months is a more casual place in general--please correct me if I'm wrong.
Do you face this same dilemma? What are some of your go-to in-between outfits?
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