Funny story. I’m on the elevator at work with another woman and I commented on how cute her outfit was thinking I might steal it for the blog. After I get back to the office I get an email that starts with, “I think I just met you on the elevator….” (Thousands of people work in our building.) Turns out, she recognized me from the Women’s Energy Network and I ended up telling her I loved her outfit and she let her three year old take a picture of it so I could use it today! Don’t you love that? And y’all, she is brand new to town and has a three year old, two year old, and nine month old – and how cute is she!?!?!
She makes this corporate casual outfit fresh and modern for the workplace instead of dowdy which is what some folks worry about with cardigans.
I love her idea of pairing a gray (taupe would work equally well) trouser with a darker neutral cardigan and a bright blouse – these pants can be worn anywhere. Of the three pieces in this outfit, spend your money here. Buy a nice pair of trousers in several neutral colors. You can top them with different blazers, sweaters, or blouses, as long as you have a few pair of well fitting pants.
Here’s a simple gray pair from Ann Taylor that run $98.
Same price for these lighter colored ones at Banana Republic.
Simple, classic, and solid is the way to go.
This one at Macy’s only runs $35 and is lightweight which makes it perfect for layering (comes in every color). (Charter Club also has one there for $30 – I love cashmere, but I left out the pricey options on these.)
If you want to add interest, you can do it with buttons or this tone on tone jacquard pattern which runs $79 from Talbots.
3. Patterned blouse
Think spring. If you’re going with such neutrals for trousers and a top layer, go bold here. With color or pattern or fabric or all of the above. Now I couldn’t find a blouse with that adorable drawstring, if you can, then bonus points for you! This floral pattern from Banana Republic is muted but the colors are bright and springy:
While this isn’t floral or paisley pattern, I love these big bold colored stripes in a perfect spring blouse from The Limited. This is $59 but they’re running a sale where you buy one get one free on blouses – President’s weekend is a great time to shop all these locations for deals.
For shoes, the key is a simple neutral taupe or gray high heel. Any of the heels from my retro Fashion Friday would work here.
Do you have an ensemble that is your go-to business meeting outfit? I’d love to see it. I’m planning a corporate meeting “steal this look,” so shoot me a photo if you have any great ideas. Until then, stay warm friends, it’s cold out there.