Casual Work Clothes for Women

Decades ago women were so thrilled to be entering the workforce they were happy to dress like men in boxy suits complete with floppy ties and clunky shoes.  In the 80's and early 90's, designers finally caught up with the times and designed feminine suits for the office.  Then wham!  The Internet boom came along and introduced office casual clothing.  Sure for men this is easy, they just grab a pair of khaki pants and a button down shirt and they're good to go. Ladies have it tougher.

Please Define Business Casual!

According to, business casual clothing :
# Looks relaxed yet neat and pulled together.
# Falls into the middle ground between formal wear (read: suits and dresses) and street wear (read: jeans and t-shirts).

Still stumped?  Check out the eHow article on "How to Dress Business Casual".

Business Casual Basics

Here are a few of the basics you should have in a variety of colors for your business casual wardrobe. The best way to build a wardrobe is to start with a foundation color (for example, black pants) and then only buy tops and accessories that will go with those pants. This way, you never have to worry about bizarre colors or patterns clashing with each other. 

How to Shop

* Check with your office HR department for guidelines: Are jeans allowed? What is the suggested skirt length?
* Make a list of the items you will need.
* Keep in mind colors that will flatter.
* Select versatile items. Many of these looks can also be worn on the weekend.
* Spend more on basics and classics. Hunt for sale items when it comes to trendy pieces.

Plus-Sized Options

Dressing for work also means dressing for your body type. Luckily, there are plenty of plus-sized options that look fantastic, and work with your curves instead of trying to hide them or squeeze them into a shape that they aren't!

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