The hardest part for many students attending the networking event is picking out what to wear. Business casual can be hard to pin down, especially if you want to look fashionable while wearing it. If you are looking for ways to make business casual your own, or to get outside the box of the typical pantsuit, consider adding some of these pieces to your wardrobe. With the help of MODMuze, Stillwater’s Lifestyle and fashion Magazine, we put together a list of fashionable pieces that you can find at stores around Stillwater!
If putting pieces together isn’t your strong suit, go for a jumpsuit. Find a jumpsuit like this one from Greige Goods with a little more length, and add a blazer to upgrade the look to business casual. Jumpsuits come in many varieties so it’s easy to find one that looks great on you and can be incorporated into business casual attire.
2. Trendy Dress
When going for a safe business casual look, many women opt for pants or the tradition pencil skirt. However, a professional looking dress is an easy way to step outside that box. A more nontraditional dress like this one from Greige Goods, like a jumpsuit, can be paired with a blazer to elevate the look to business casual.
3. Printed skirt
If you want to step outside the realm of the simple black pencil skirt, a plaid or tweed skirt is a great way to mix it up. A skirt like this one from Pecks Lodge is a great example, however in a business casual setting the skirt should reach the top of the knee.
4. Classic jacket
For the men, go for a vintage looking jacket like the one seen here from Pecks Lodge. This style of jacket can be paired with slacks or dark, tailored denim to achieve the business casual look.
This same classic men’s jacket can be repurposed for an oversized look on the ladies. Pair with slim fit pants or a professional form-fitting dress to balance the oversized jacket. Raid your boyfriends or your dad’s closet to experiment with this look.
7. Stylish pants
If slacks aren’t you thing, step outside the pantsuit box and incorporate some more interesting pants into you business casual wardrobe. The plaid pants in the center are perfect to pair with a blouse and heels, or go for the wide-legged green pants paired with a blazer for a less traditional look.
While it’s tempting for men to go for a matching suit, multiply your business casual warbobe by mixing and matching like the model on the left. Pairing the black jacket with the red pants looks sharp and stands out from the monotone suit pairings.
8. All over Print
Another way for mento stand out from the crowd is to don a printed suit like the model on the right. The blue plaid is nontraditional, but perfect for the business casual setting.
Models Styled by Madeline Manning
Photos by Jill Cope, Kelly Kerr, Katie Cohen