WIW: business casual attempt 2

Second attempt at business casual in skinnies. More attempts coming :)

This one worked better than the first, and I think I liked it.  What do you think?

Pic #2, WIW to a chili feed fundraiser yesterday.

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  • Sunee replied 6 years ago

    2 good looks! Personally I prefer the first but where are your accessories? Necklace? Scarf? Earrings?  The little touches really help make the outfit look completely put together.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Amy, those oxfords in #2 are wonderful! Details?
    I missed BC attempt 1, but you look great here, so slim. Is this for a certain occasion?

  • shiny replied 6 years ago

    Looks great to me. I'd totally wear it. I'd like #1 with the oxfords in #2. Have you tried that? Those oxfords are totally cute. And I love your hair cut too. 

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Wow, love 1! It is stellar. You are a brave woman wearing white to a chili feed!

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Sunee - Thanks!  I generally skew minimal, but today I actually did add earrings after this picture - pearls for Jen's DD (pics of them on the tribute post by Deborah).  

    And Joy - Thank you :)  I bought those oxfords about 1.5 years ago at GoodWill.  There's not even brand information on them, sorry.  

    I have a conference coming up at the end of the month where I'll be in business casual.  I've always worn wide-leg pants to that type of occasion and really want to try skinnies this year (probably with a day or two of wide legs too), so I'm trying to work out how much structure and what silhouettes can work with a boxy polo or button up shirt (which will be provided on site and I won't have options about whether to wear).  

    Really, it's just a new way to play around :)

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Cross posted with Shiny and Una - thanks to both of you.  Shiny, I'm working to grow my hair out to your length.  It's taking all my patience....

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Amy, is this business casual for work? In my place business casual means "no jeans"...
    However right for the dress code or not I love it. This blazer make the whole outfit IMO. I tend to go minimal on accessories lately so for me the sparkle in the top has enough interest for the outfit but of course adding scarf is a possibility too.

    The second outfit is a great casual and the oxfords are amazing.

    Love your hair!

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Love the blazer and skinnies - no idea if it appropriate for the venue but you look great! Fantastic white oxfords too!

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Sveta - The "encouraged" dress code for my company in our upcoming conference (90 + percent men)  is khaki's and a polo.  Most of the conference attendees will be in faded jeans and a polo.   (It's construction industry).  Last year, denim was welcome as long as it wasn't "blue jeans"  (I wore my white jeans and was very appropriately dressed, another woman wore dark wash blue jeans which were also appropriate).  So basically, for my work, "business casual" just means a step up from faded blue jeans and a polo :)

    I think this blazer will be coming to the conference with me - it'll allow me to wear a long-sleeved undershirt under my work shirt (which may be short sleeved or long sleeved - I suspect I won't know until I get there).  And I like the structure it provides.

  • fuzzylogic replied 6 years ago

    Yes, yES, YES!! I love this smart casual look! The jacket looks amazing on you! It looks to be such a great fit! My guess is that the long line elongates your torso and makes you look balanced! the darker wash jeans (?) have a more formal feel than lighter colours. I feel that the sprinkling of sparkles on the top is enough pizzazz for a site visit; I probably wouldn't add much in the way of accessories either.

    I would be careful with horizontal stripes on top, particularly with a crew neck, as it can give the illusion of increasing the size on top. What body shape do you think you are, amiable? (Waving, waving)

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Isn't it funny how the same words mean different things in different places? :-)
    Definitely bring the blazer, it looks great with jeans.

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    #1 is perfect!  Beautfiully streamlined and so modern and cool looking.  I love it.

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    Your hair is lovely. I love the simplicity of this outfit -- great lines. I also love the subtle difference between the dark blue denim and black jacket. This is a great look.

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Great idea to plan ahead for your conference, and your business casual look is terrific.  Fits are spot on and the look is clean and chic.

    Love the oxfords in look#2!

  • Kiwibird replied 6 years ago

    #1 is perfect business casual Amy - I love it!!  Please take that blazer to the conference - it fits you so well.  

  • bella replied 6 years ago

    This is something I would wear myself, so I give thumbs up!

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  • kkards replied 6 years ago

    i like #1 a lot, the sparkles on tee add a nice touch. and i like your hair.

  • replied 6 years ago

    1 looks great, Amy!

  • Lantana replied 6 years ago

    When I read business casual I expected something that looked trim yet relaxed so I say Yes, Amy, you've hit the nail on the head, #1 is the go.

  • JamC replied 6 years ago

    I think that blazer is perfect.  It makes your outfit more professional but not too much.  And blazers are great when you can't control the temperature since you can button or not and push the sleeves up or not.
    The light oxfords really make the second outfit!

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    The blazer looks terrific on you!

  • Marina replied 6 years ago

    I agree with Sveta on "no jeans" point. If it business then it is business exclusively. In any way I don't imply that pencil skirts and close-fitting skinny dresses should be prefered, although these two looks do not seem to hint on worktime outfit. 

    Nonetheless, they look great. I liked oxford and skinny jeans duo on the second, and black jacket+white blouse on the first. They seem indeed casual and lovely.

  • Windchime replied 6 years ago

    You look great in your business casual outfit! The blazer works beautifully with the hint of sparkle in your top, and I like your simple, neutral color pallet. Your hair style adds to your polished look.
    Super fun oxfords for eating chili!

  • Susie replied 6 years ago

    I love this look for business casual. In my office, jeans definitely fit that definition and the dark wash + blazer add polish. I think there is plenty of interest in the top and I wouldn't add a necklace or scarf.

    Love the fun 2nd outfit, especially with the oxfords!

  • carter replied 6 years ago

    Love both of these! I would definitely wear #1 for work.

  • ATLynn replied 6 years ago

    You look particularly fantastic in #1.  I'm biased because this is very similar to my FFBO for my smart casual work environment.   

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    #1 is fantastic! Love you in that blazer and the skinnies - really great on you, you should wear that combo often :-). #2 is great too.

  • Mellllls replied 6 years ago

    Considering your industry this is a great business casual look. I think the context is important.

  • Emily replied 6 years ago

    I love both your business casual ensemble and your fundraiser outfit.  Well done!

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