Complementary Colors

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I love this outfit. I wore this to lunch with a couple colleagues last month. This is one of those outfits that turned out better than I thought it would when I came across this pin and decided to make it my own. There’s something a little bit risky about wearing complementary colors, but, when you find the perfect shades, there’s something inherently cool about it.

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Shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Necklace: Target
Button-Up: Heritage1981
Skirt: Target
Flats: Payless
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Subtle Dots

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I, like many people, love polka-dots. I have a handful of polka-dotted items in my closet and this blouse is one of my favorites. This blouse is a great way to do polka-dots if you’re not firmly on board with them (yet!). The gray-on-white make them subtle enough to be polka-dots without being hellooo polka-dots.

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Blouse: Target
Belt: Forever21
Skirt: via Nordstrom Rack
Heels: Audrey Brook via DSW

BUSINESS CASUAL MUST-HAVE: The Sheath Dress

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I got this dress way back when I first started at my job. It’s actually 6 years ago TODAY. That is, I started my job 6 years ago today. I don’t remember the exact date I bought this dress. That would be crazy. Speaking of crazy, trying to find this dress in gray is making me just that. If only I would have purchased it in every color when I found it…live and learn!
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Tee: Max Studio via TJ Maxx
Dress: AB Studio via Kohl's
Belt: Target
Flats: Blowfish via DSW

BUSINESS CASUAL MUST-HAVE: The Chambray Button-Down

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Remember when chambray was just called denim?

I wore all sorts of denim when I was a kid. One of my favorite outfits was comprised of a light pink floral denim skirt with a light pink denim button-down top, complete with sheer sleeves and skirt-matching cuffs and collar. Let me tell you something about that outfit: it was the height of fashion. I planned to wear it to my 9th birthday party. Sadly, it had to be postponed thanks to a blizzard. Considering the weather, it’s probably a good thing I wasn’t out wearing a denim skirt.

This shirt makes me feel really cool. You probably think denim is kind of casual, but I love that I can pair it with just about anything in my closet and feel put-together. Paired with this pretty, frilly skirt and I am definitely ready for the office. Which is why I’m adding this to my list of business-casual must-haves.

Needless to say, I am thrilled that denim chambray is back in style.

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Shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack
Chambray Button-Down: Old Navy
Skirt: NY & Company
Heels: Payless

Business Casual MUST HAVE: The Pencil Skirt

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Remember back when Norma Kamali did a line for Walmart? This skirt cost me a whopping $15 back when I bought it years ago. And I love it. It’s really soft and stretchy, but by some miracle, camouflages the bumps that tend to happen to pencil skirts when you tuck something into it. It’s the perfect length for work and goes with absolutely everything. See? I’m wearing it with a tee-shirt and it’s polished enough for the office. My only regret about this skirt is that I didn’t buy it (or was it that Wally-world didn’t sell it?) in more colors.

If you’re new to the world of wearing business casual, you have to pick up a pencil skirt. Find one that fits well and you’ll be set for work life.

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Shads: RayBan Cats via Amazon.com
Tee: American Eagle Outfitters
Belt: Forever21
Skirt: Norma Kamali via Walmart
Heels: Payless

Business Casual MUST HAVE: The Wrap Dress

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Thank you, Diane von Fürstenberg, for inventing popularizing the wrap dress. I freaking LOVE them. I have several faux-wrap dresses, like this one, and I just got my first real wrap dress (which will be debuted here soon!). If you have a job that requires you to wear business casual attire and you don’t already have one (or more!) you NEED to get yourself a wrap dress. They’re effortless, comfortable, universally flattering, and definitely appropriate for the office. What do you think? Do you share my affinity for wrap dresses?

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Earrings: NY & Company
Dress: Victoria's Secret
Necklace: Target
Flats: West Blvd via Amazon.com

Check and Mate: My Favorite Transitional Piece of Clothing

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I bought these crops at the end of last winter and I must say: cropped pants are probably one of my favorite transitional pieces.

Being a relatively tall girl, I never in a million years thought I’d think those words, let alone write them. You’d think the ongoing trauma of trying to find pants that are actually long enough would turn me off from anything cropped, but frankly I’m thankful they’re in style.

The great thing about cropped pants is that they look great for work and they keep you comfortable during chilly morning walks to the office. I have these awesomely versatile navy ones and another with a really fun print. If you’re in the market, I definitely suggest buying a pair (or two).

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Wearing
 Blazer: H&M
 Necklace: Amazon.com
 Button-Down & Crops: Old Navy
 Flats: Payless