‘Business casual’ is a term that sounds like an oxymoron. How can an outfit be both business-appropriate and casual? When you enter the world of work, you’ll start to hear people talk about wearing business casual attire. Whether you work in an office or are a stay-at-home mom, there’s guaranteed to be times when you’ll need to navigate the world of business casual outfits.
At Koltov, our handbags are made with the modern woman in mind. Our timeless silhouettes are designed to take you from a day at the office to your school pick-up run. These classic bags offer functionality with stylish designs that are effortlessly chic. Our bags will be right at home with the business casual attire in your closet.
Are you still unsure about what business casual means? After a year of living in our activewear, it’s time we all have a refresh on what business casual attire is. This guide takes you through everything you need to know, including the classic winter business casual outfits that every woman needs in her closet.
What is business casual?
Business casual is a halfway point between what you’d wear at the weekend and what you would get dressed up in for a formal event. It’s modern and chic, but with a timeless and professional feel. Unlike black tie, business casual isn’t as strict. It’s open to interpretation, allowing you to put your own twist on the idea of business casual attire.
While it’s easy to think that business attire is all about suits and stilettoes, it’s a more laidback look than that. You don’t need to be a fan of pantsuits to experiment with casual office outfits. One of the golden rules of business casual attire is that it should make you feel comfortable and confident.
What is business casual for women?
When it comes to classy outfits for women, business casual attire is the perfect place to start. You can easily incorporate it into your everyday closet for an elevated look that is effortlessly chic. What falls as ‘business casual’ differs from one office to the next, but there are a few universally accepted trends within the world of casual business attire.
Your top or blouse should cover your shoulders and be in a solid neutral shade or have a subtle print. A blazer is your best friend to help layer up or to cover up a sleeveless blouse. One of the best investments you can make into your business casual closet is a button-up shirt.
Dresses are the staple for winter business casual outfits. A knee-length dress is one of the most versatile pieces for a business casual look. You can style them with everything from cardigans to blazers and jackets.
One thing you’ll notice with casual office outfits is that accessories make the look. A Koltov bag can take a casual outfit and elevate it to the next level for a more professional look. Our ‘Elena Coho Bag’ encapsulates the idea of understated elegance and is a workwear staple. You also want your shoes to have a heel that’s less than 3-inches with a closed-toe silhouette. The right accessories can transform your look and take it from casual to business professional.
Classy outfits for women
It’s easy to be confused when you start trying to master the art of casual office outfits. It can often take a little trial and error until you find your signature look. The beauty of business casual attire is that you can always put your own twist on the look, whether it’s with an accessory or your go-to color palette.
We’re sharing three classy outfits for women that work for any occasion, whether you’re pitching a meeting at the office or grabbing coffee with a client.
1. The blazer and A-line dress combo
When in doubt, wear a blazer and A-line dress. It’s the “jeans and a t-shirt” of the casual business attire world. It’s easy to style, perfect for any occasion, and suitable for every season. This outfit works with ballet flats or kitten heels for extra versatility.
Throw on our Emily Tote to carry all your paperwork and laptop so that you can sip your morning coffee on your way to work. The neutral color scheme of the bag makes it the perfect choice for your everyday style.
2. Blouses and wide-leg pants
What we love about business casual is that it promotes a comfort-driven approach to chic clothing. It’s all about finding a style that works for you, while still being professional enough for the office. If you’re not a fan of figure-hugging silhouettes, a blouse and wide-leg pants are an outfit you want to try. Wide-leg pants are one of the biggest trends for 2022 and a loose-fitting blouse works for any occasion.
Our Camille Large Shopper has a spacious interior to make it easy to grab your essentials on the go. It’s the perfect match for anyone who hot desks or finds themselves working from coffee shops and libraries.
3. A jumper and high waisted jeans with heels
Jeans can be business casual. The rumors are true – but it’s all about how you style your outfit. You want to ditch your sneakers and switch them out for stilettoes instead. A high-waisted silhouette is the most business-appropriate of them all and will help to accentuate your natural figure.
Choose a jumper in a neutral shade or layer up with a button-up blouse underneath. Your heels are what will give your outfit the ‘business casual’ seal of approval. You want to choose a simple and timeless style with a slim heel. You can never go wrong with a classic pointed-toe stiletto. You can finish this outfit off with our ‘Paige Large Hobo Bag’ to carry all your essentials.
Give your business casual attire a refresh with one of our timeless handbags. You can shop our latest arrivals here, whether you’re looking for a city bag or a diaper bag that doubles as a workwear staple.