Thursday, December 22, 2011

BUSINESS CASUAL DOS and DON'TS

Hello girlies. Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet? Just a few days until Christmas, and I am seeing all sorts of festive happenings around Seattle.

Northwest Asian Weekly invited me to their Christmas luncheon yesterday -- so kind of them to always include us freelancers -- and I put together a simple business casual outfit for the party.


Do you think business casual is hard to pull off? It can be challenging finding a balance between street and formal wear -- you don't want to look idiotically dressed up, but you also don't want to look like the homeless guy in the ally.

Here are my general do's and don'ts for attempting business casual:


DO -- Wear jeans
DON'T -- Wear jeans that are torn or have holes


DO -- Wear glitter
DON'T -- Wear glitter head-to-toe


DO -- Wear something you'd wear on the weekends, like a tank top
DON'T -- Wear tees and tanks with foul language or graphic


DO -- Wear over-the-knee boots
DON'T -- Wear over-the-knee boots with stiletto heels, mini skirts or sexy leggings. (Unless your work place is a strip club, a street corner or a "film" set.)


DO -- Wear a friendly smile
DON'T -- Be a grinch!


Wanna see my business casual outfit?

Jeans, tank (with a dash of sequins) and a little button-up sweater from H&M

A pair of nice jeans totally works for business casual

Sequins are cute, but try to keep them at a minimum

A camel-colored shadow works well for business casual makeup


A couple of pictures of the delicious food everyone brought

A buffet of yummy Asian dishes

Aren't these cakes too pretty to eat?

 What are your dos and don'ts for business casual?


34 comments:

  1. great tips!

    xx

    redtoyellow.blogspot.com

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  2. Adding pearls to a business casual outfit makes it look a lot more dressy.

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  3. I loved this post! & your outfit is really cute =)

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  4. Enjoyed reading your tips!
    What kind of outfit your're wearing is very important!

    Wanna follow each other?

    love to hear from you,
    Elsemiek
    mystyleiseternal.blogspot.com

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  5. Good tips! I like your outfit, it would be appropriate for pretty much any place, which is a good way to dress every day I think.

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  6. Great tips! I am especially fond of the no ripped jeans one...those are strickly for casual hang outs!
    xo Cara
    http://www.afashionloveaffair.com

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  7. Your dos and don'ts made me laugh !!! Cute tips ..

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  8. love your outfit- very profession yet chic!
    jenna@www.pret-a-style.com

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  9. Yum yum and you look great! :D I love that last "Do" and "Don't"...haha!

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  10. my gosh! That food looks amazing and those cakes are just beautiful!!! I wish we had better food in the UK!!

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  11. Excellent tips for casual day.

    Wow, the food looks scrumptious!

    My casual outfit might not fit after all those tempting goodies!

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  12. You look adorable in this outfit. I love the hint of sequins and the pearls! Great outfit!

    XOXO,
    Jamie
    http://ilookgoodtoday.com

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  13. Super cute! Great tips :)

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  15. Love the outfit! The pearl necklace really popped in this outfit, and the food looks scrumptious!

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  16. You look so professional darling! The pearl necklace is a classy and chic detail! Lovely!
    Kisses,

    Cocò

    www.daddysneatness.blogspot.com

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  17. Those are great tips! and I love yuur outfit! I had to chuckle at your tip not to wear over the knee stilettos to work. I have a pair that I love, but I would never wear them to work.

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  18. I absolutely love your do's & don'ts and I agree with all of them! Great post!


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  19. Really great post! And I totally agree with your does and don'ts

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  20. You are just so stunning girly.

    And thank you for the much needed tips and maybe I can print this out and share with a few of my co-workers that can use some help in this department...LOL.


    <3 Marina
    Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

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  21. hi! great outfit and the food looks delicious!
    thanks for visiting my blog! follow each other?

    yyaannaa.blogspot.com

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  22. i LOVE LOVE your business casual outfit and your giant pearl necklace looks so pretty on you!

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  23. Great text! And your look is amazing! :)

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  24. Good tips! I didn't really think about wearing jeans as 'business casual' but I guess they could be work-appropriate. I think another 'do' would be closed-toed shoes.

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  25. you look very good. and your tips should be readed by more people :)))

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  26. Like the outfit...and the makeup is lovely too :) the cakes looks so yummm xoxo

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  27. Oh the cakes look amazing! I hope you have a lovely christmas!

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  28. Lovely outfit, you are beautiful.

    Happy Holidays to you!

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  29. i really like these tips! also, those cakes look so yummy!

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