Bussiness Casual – Women’s Adulting Basics
By Maxine O’Loane
As a kid summer is all about shorts, sandals, summer dresses and bathing suits. But unfortunately as we get older, summer vacations turn into internships, lounging at the beach gets swapped for a full shift at the office and hanging out with the girls can get replaced by business dinners with colleagues. “Adulting” may not be the easiest transition to have to make, but it’s something that we all go through and it affects not just our social lives but our wardrobes as well. So, I’m here to help you revamp your summer style to get you ready to rock all those interviews and business meetings. All it takes is a little cash, confidence and not being afraid to try something new. Are you ready for this?
What girl doesn’t want to bring the comfort of a cute summer-esque dress to her typical 9-to-5? I’m not much of a dress girl, but even I have to admit that finding the right fit LBD for both the office and dinner with the girls at my favorite upscale restaurant gives me a special kind of satisfaction.
Wear Color with Confidence
There’s nothing wrong with adding a little color to your outfit–– fact, sometimes bolder is better. When it comes to interviews and meetings, having a pop of color can make a world of difference when it comes to self-confidence. Feeling a little nervous about wearing all black? Accessorize with a bright belt, a patterned dress, or some statement jewelry.
Sleek in Slacks
It’s summer, and although slacks look sleek and professional, why not switch it up with different fits and designs? Summer is all about keeping cool, and nothing says cool more than a pair of comfortable wide-legged pants. If wide leg is not your taste, try changing the length, with a pair of pixie ankle fit pants or fitted slacks with an edgy zipper accent.
Mess with Midi Skirts
Love the idea of a classy pencil skirt, but can’t handle the fit during those hot summer days? I have the perfect solution for you; it gives you the feminine silhouette that a well-designed skirt should while giving you a little more freedom to move around comfortably. It’s called the midi skirt. The high waist accentuates the waist while the variations in length and fit make it a go-to for any businesswoman or intern on-the-go.
Denim; the Darker the Better
Denim is always a great idea, whether you have lunch with a client, board meetings all morning or are ready for the weekly causal Friday. To keep it more on the professional side, stick to the darker colors and completely avoid any faded or distressed styles. Pair up your favorite dark blue jeans with a classic blazer and pumps and you’re ready to rock any interview you walk into.