July 18 OOTD: Business Casual Babe #2

Let’s talk bizniss some more. I work in entertainment, which on the West Coast, is frankly pretty casual. My company is boutique and I’m able to avoid the CAA business attire requirements. Even meetings are business casual, for the most part.

Frankly, thank goodness, because the days of the women’s matchy-matchy suit (especially for younger women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s) have long since passed, and there are so many ways to be expressive (and frugal) with your selections. With a few right pieces, you can rotate a number of combinations and look like you have a much, much bigger closet than you really do.

This is my second OOTD suggestion for business casual. This is the more “dressed down” option with a number of items I own and love. Check out my post here on how to “dress up” for business caz.

OOTD FOR A CASUAL OFFICE WITHOUT CLIENTS TO IMPRESS:

TOP: FREE PEOPLE TWO TIMES THE FUN CAMI – $28.99

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No, you’re not coming bare-shouldered with side boob into the office, don’t worry. This pop of color offsets a lot of light neutrals in a good way, and the racerback detailing adds a little visibility when worn under an off-shoulder blouse or sweater.

BOTTOMS: LUCKY BRAND LOLITA SKINNY JEANS IN VINTAGE PINK – $35.78

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These “vintage pink” double as a warmer, more palette-friendly khaki, perfect for spring and summer. Mostly cotton and viscose.

SWEATER: FREE PEOPLE LOFTY V NECK BOUCLE SWEATER – VARIOUS PRICES

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Unfortunately, these Lofty sweaters are largely sold out among primary retailers (retail price was $128, FYI). There are, however, many Poshmark sellers who have many sizes listed, new with tags. If you want to go with a primary seller, you can find the turquoise color here for $57.60, the lavender version here for $38.36, and black, wine, and (more) turquoise colors here for $49.97.

Three notes on this sweater purchase. First, I recommend sizing way down. Free People generally runs way too big, and though I typically wear a Medium or M/L in most sizes, the small is still (appropriately) oversized for me. Second, if electing to purchase another color of sweater besides the white I have displayed (and that I own), make sure your cami appropriately matches. I like Free People camis underneath because of their delicate round strap style.

Third and most importantly: please don’t ever pay full price for a Free People sweater if you can help it. Their clothing is beautiful and hippie chic, which frankly means a lot of loose weave that pulls easily. It requires care to last longer, and I highly recommend only ever dry-cleaning them, regardless of what the instructions on any of their sweaters suggest. I can guarantee with most FP sweaters that paying the full value will only lead to frustration and disappointment.

The Poshmark marketplace, Gilt, and Nordstrom Rack are excellent for finding FB items at a good discount (but read my post on Poshing before you go that route). I got my Lofty sweater NWT on there for $40.

SHOES: ADAM TUCKER YALE LEATHER SMOKING FLAT – $49.97

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I love a nice smoking shoe, especially one with perforated leather to make them more breathable! It’s easy to dress up or down, and this nude color complements the rest of the neutrals in this outfit really well.

OTHER (NONESSENTIAL) ODDS AND ENDS TO FINISH THE LOOK:

Kill it at work today, yo.

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