Most of my week is spent telecommuting for my part-time job, but every now and then I head to the office for a meeting. Because of a new project at work, this week has been especially busy and I’ve had a few meetings to attend. This means stepping up my daily outfit so that I look professional and appropriate when I visit the office.
These ankle pants from Old Navy are the mid-rise “Harper” style and have a tapered leg and overall slim appearance. They sit just below the waist and are fitted through the hip and thigh. They’re a perfect pants for work during the spring and summer because they fall to just above the ankle giving them a breezy and casual appearance. But their tailored look makes them office appropriate. At less than $40, these pants are a great bargain.
I always have a white blazer in my spring and summer wardrobe but I had to get rid of my older ones earlier this year because they were showing their age. Fortunately for me, Dress Barn had this cute blazer on sale last week for $19.99! It is lightweight, slightly tailored and features three quarter sleeves. Its collarless style is perfect for my take on a business casual outfit.
I knew I wanted a dark color to add some contrast between the pink pants and white jacket and I thought my navy blue top with white polka dots fit the bill. The white polka dots of the top add a fun element and pair well with the blazer. I deliberately did not tuck the top in because I wanted that dark blue to break up the pastels of this outfit all the way around. I’ve had this shirt for years and it has held up well to my constant mixing and matching it with other pieces in my closet. By the way, that’s a good way to determine whether to buy a piece; if you can use it in at least three outfits, then it’s a safe bet that you’ll get your money’s worth out of it.
As I mentioned, this top is old but I’m linking to some similar options below.
To add some shine to this outfit, I am wearing the Colleen necklace from Plunder which features a mix of silver and gold with pearls. You can add a monogram to this necklace at no extra cost. I am also wearing the Broderick bracelet which features pink crystals in a gold setting and the Nicholina earrings which also feature pink stones and mini pearls. Both pinks are a perfect match for this outfit.
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Believe it or not, I purchased the pants and the pink handbag on two separate occasions, yet both pinks match perfectly! The bag is roomy enough to keep all of my essentials and comes with a longer strap if you prefer to carry it as a crossbody. I styled it with a dress in this post.
My silver wedges are an oldie but goodie. They’re the Clarks brand and I’ve had them for years. Here’s a similar one on Amazon. The only difference is that mine has the cork heel and the one on Amazon has a stacked heel.
Mix and Match
When I didn’t have to wear a full blown suit to work, this type of outfit was my “uniform.” Blazers are always good to have on hand if you work in an office setting or if you want to step up the professionalism of your outfit. They pull everything together and add just a hint of formality to what you’re wearing. Blazers are sold separately everywhere these days which makes them an ideal piece to mix and match. The beauty of these kinds of pieces is that you can use them to dress up your outfit or to keep it a bit more casual.
If I wanted to go more business than casual with this outfit, then I would choose longer pants, sleek pumps, and maybe a blouse that I could tuck in. You can let your personal style show through in the color of these pieces and the accessories you choose, such as I did with the pink and polka dots. They’re a fun combination and make me smile whether I’m heading to a meeting or working at the home office.
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