Business as Usual: Building a Business Casual Wardrobe



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Happy Friday, y’all! We made it! The first work week of 2016.

I won’t lie and say it was easy getting back in the swing of things. Paul had two full weeks off at Christmas and it can always be hard going back to working at home alone after I work with him here. [I missed him way too much!] Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining whatsoever! I love it! But sometimes I think coworkers and friends at the office make getting back in your groove easier! Like does anyone want to rent out office space at Hotel Hellman, because I need a gal pal to eat lunch with?! And complain about bookkeeping with. 😉

Anyways, in case you were in a rut this week, too, I wanted to share a few items that I think really help build a work wardrobe if your office is business casual. Sleeveless jackets, a boyfriend blouse and a d’Orsay pump are all staples I think you need to make that money, honey.

My background is in PR, so I was really lucky to be able to work in a creative environment and our wardrobes showed that. We had to keep it business casual and professional, but a chartreuse pencil skirt wasn’t frowned up. It was praised. However, I wanted to keep this palette neutral for you all in case you don’t work in a creative environment. I think these pieces would work well if you work in anything from marketing to teaching!

P.S. Teachers, I give y’all so much credit because if I was having to explain long division to kiddos I’d be in sweatpants. Most likely, because I’d be stress eating my life away. But y’all manage to do it and look chic. One of the 7 mysteries of the world. 

I hope this helps give you some new year inspiration for your work wardrobe! Let me know if you have any other work related posts you’d like to see!


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  1. Kelcie wrote:

    How would you wear the sleeveless wrap?! Love it just not sure what to wear under it and what to pair it with!

    Published 08 Jan 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Kelcie!

      I would pair it over a dress like this or basically any other long sleeve dress! I’d also pair it with fitted black pants and a white silk blouse! If you just kind of view it like a vest [which is “technically” what it is, but brands this year called them “sleeveless jackets” to make them sound more chic! lol] you can get away with wearing it a lot more! 🙂



      Published 08 Jan 16Reply
      • Jessica wrote:

        AHH! That makes so much sense! Great outfit combo! Thanks Katey!

        Published 10 Jan 16Reply
  2. Love this round up! That vest is so chic. Also loving the mixed media blouse from TopShop – so cute

    xo Laura Leigh

    Published 08 Jan 16Reply
  3. Kelsie wrote:

    First, your blog is the best. Even if something doesn’t directly apply to my life/situation, it’s still so relatable. I am a new wife and puppy mom too and I love all your tips, shared experiences, etc.!

    Anyway, on a work related note – any tips on working from home? How you structure your day, etc. etc.? I just started my own business and I love working from home but it can sometimes be a challenge for me balancing house work, actual work, and just wanting to play with the pup! Would love to know how you keep focused!

    Have a great weekend. <3

    Published 08 Jan 16Reply
  4. Loving the simple nude bag <3

    Published 08 Jan 16Reply
  5. Ashley wrote:

    Thank you for doing this! I’m always looking for work wardrobe inspo. Also, thank you for keeping the color palette neutral since it’s usually hard for me to find more conservative stuff to wear to work!

    Published 08 Jan 16Reply
  6. Veronica wrote:

    LOVE work outfit posts!!!! I am not someone who really enjoys shopping… it’s pretty stressful for me and I usually only go when I really need clothes… that makes it more stressful… I’m working on it 🙂 so I love seeing tips and staple pieces that I can build up slowly 🙂 Great post!! <3

    Published 08 Jan 16Reply
  7. Jennifer wrote:

    So funny… so glad we are on the same page as this replicates my ‘staple’ pieces! Totally agree that we (PR junkies) can get away with dressing a litl’ fun due to the creative environment! Adore you and your style, Katey! Have a wonderful weekend!

    xo, Jennifer

    Published 08 Jan 16Reply
  8. Lauren M wrote:

    Your comment about teachers was so sweet! You made my teaching heart smile! I love the pieces you have here, I absolutely LOVE your personal style! Enjoy your weekend!!

    Published 09 Jan 16Reply
  9. Clarissa wrote:

    Love this! I work in marketing so we are pretty open about wardrobe because we are all kind of crazy, but you always need those neutral staples for meeting//presentation days and these are so much fun! I would love to know more about your work! It sounds like you have a dream job and I would love to hear about it 🙂


    Published 11 Jan 16Reply
  10. Jessica wrote:

    Cute! I’m a CPA in the big 4 (like your husband) but love fashion and style (like you!)

    Published 11 Jan 16Reply