Ideas For What To Wear With White Pants

•May 29, 2009 • 1 Comment

Having a favorite pair of white pants that fit you well, makes getting dressed for work easy. It’s those comfortable, tried and true pants that form the base for our work outfits. But they seldom get much attention – it’s usually the blouse or the top that gets the attention. So what do we wear with white pants for our office outfits? Here below are some examples of work clothes with white pants:

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White Blouses – Casual Work Outfits For Professional Women

•March 31, 2009 • 1 Comment

 

Introducing the basic white blouse!  BasicBlouse.com launched  a new white blouse, and we think our blog readers are going to love it!

  • Cotton with a slight stretch for comfort
  • Mother-of-pearl buttons
  • Tailored locally in San Franciso
  • Classic cut with darts in the right places
  • A must have for your professional wardrobe

Nothing is more tried and ture than the classic white blouse. Professional women have been wearing white blouses with work outfits forever it seems. The most important staple in women’s business attire, other than the business suit itself, is a basic white blouse. It always looks professional, no matter what you do with it. You can even dress it down with jeans, and still it gives you a classy look. A crisp, basic white blouse is a key ingredient for creating business casual outfits for the office.

  

Color Ideas For Business Casual Work Outfits

•March 30, 2009 • 4 Comments

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Incorporate some blue into your casual business attire – create some work outfits with black, white and blue. Wear your black casual pants with a blue cardigan for a relaxed look. Make a girly work outfit with a basic white blouse and a blue skirt – accessorize with a bold black belt. Throwing a suit jacket over a skirt and blouse outfit, makes a good alternative to professional women’s suits. If you want a little bit less casual business outfit, take a black skirt from your business suit (surely all professional women must have at least one black power suit), and wear it with a belted white jacket. Break it off with a blue top accompanied by a big blue bag. As I’m sure most professional women would agree, the bag is an integral part of a casual work outfit.

Can You Wear A T-shirt With A Work Outfit?

•March 4, 2009 • 1 Comment

Some people get confused by what’s meant by “business casual”, and wonder if you can wear a t-shirt with a work outfit. Most people would say “no way”. But I say there are exceptions.  Here are what I consider to be the exceptions for t-shirts with your work clothes:

1. Silky material: If the material of the t-shirt has a slight silk-like shine to it, as many synthetic blends do, it will fit with your professional wardrobe.

2. Design details: It will work if there is some slight design detail, like the gathers and braided neckline in the t-shirt just below. 

3. Patterns: A pattern or texture in the fabric of the t-shirt will make it suitable for either business casual or formal business attire, depending on what you wear it with. 

4. Flowy material: Material that flows with a nice fall, makes a t-shirt or top look more dressy. (The kind of t-shirt that is not allowable has a stiff, wrinkly material.)

One might argue what should be called a “t-shirt”, and what should be called a “top”. What makes it a t-shirt is really how it is cut. The 100% cotton t-shirts you would typically wear with sweats are absolutely forbidden, no matter how nice the slacks are. And it’s even worse if it has something written on it. A plain, cheap, cotton t-shirt can’t be dressed up – not even if you iron it and wear it with pearls and a nice business suit.   Cotton t-shirts that you would work out in do not belong in your professional wardrobe – ever.

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Above: This t-shirt is made of a material with a silky shine, and has design details that make it dressy. It will look good in a work outfit.

                                          

Right: This t-shirt looks just like a plain t-shirt in the cut, though it is made of a thick nice silky material that has a flow to it. Worn with nice dress slacks, this will work with a comfortable work outfit.armani-tops-black-beige-and-white1 

Left: three are Armani t-shirts with prints and textured material. We could call them tops, but the cut is like a t-shirt. They would look good either with a woman’s business suit or with a casual work outfit.

Casual Office Outfit In Spunky Colors

•March 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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While wandering around the malls yesterday, I noticed a color combination for suit separates that I haven’t tried before: orange, navy and beige. In two different stores I saw mannequins dressed in business outfits combining these three colors. I think it’s doable for a casual work outfit, and I might try it myself – it had never occured to me before to try orange and navy together. In the left photo we have a orange suit jacket, beige pants with a navy top. In the right photo we have a beige suit jacket, navy slacks with an oragne top, accessorized with a two layer silver necklace. This may not work for a super formal business meeting in which you have to wear strict business attire, but I think it would be a fun and spunky casual office outfit.

What To Wear With Brown Pants

•March 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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What should you wear to create a work outfit with brown pants? With pants in a warm brown tone, like in the first photo, you can wear a rich golden orange suit jacket. This suit jacket has a slight silky sheen to it, which gives this outfit a formal look.

With pants in a cool brown tone, as in the second photo, why not wear a purple blouse and a long off-white jacket. This makes a nice casual work outfit.

In the last two photos, we have the same pair of brown pants: once with ruffle blouse in a white and brown hound’s tooth design, accentuated with a bold brown belt. And again with a brown top and a casual off-white suit jacket. These last two are comfortable office outfits that can be mix and matched. A pair of brown pants that fit you well is a good basic, that creates a solid foundation for your professional wardrobe.

Splashing Color Accessories For Business Suits

•February 25, 2009 • 2 Comments

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Brighten up the drizzly weather with some color accessories. If you don’t want to buy new business suits, then renew them with splashing shoes and purse sets. Why not urge Spring to return early by putting on a pair of hot pink peep toe heals and matching pink purse, with your black power suit? Or if hot pink scares you – why not a big, roomy medium blue bag with matching blue pointy toe heels in a fun animal print, like subtle snake skin? Either of these sets would accessorize a woman’s business suit in a new and fun way. Wear the hot pink or lime green shoes for casual work clothes, and the olive or blue pointy toes for more formal business attire. (And the rules about no open toe shoes with work clothes have been cancelled, in case anyone is wondering.)

The accessories from: Nine West and Bakers

 
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