Style + Work

Monday Outfit: All Black Everything

Even working in a business casual atmosphere, you still need to look polished.  A great way to do that is with a freshly pressed shirtdress.  Here is how to create an outfit that puts the business in business casual.

Anh at 9-to-5 Chic has the best style.  I love every outfit.  This black shirtdress outfit reflects office polish, but still has a casual feel.  Let’s recreate it.

Dress. Lafayette 148 Zariah Dress ($498).  This Lafayette 148 dress is so crisp and sleek.  But a bit pricey.  Looking for an affordable alternative?  I like this Kamryn shirtdress from Anthropologie (also in plus), or this Donna Karan shirtdress that could benefit from a belt to cover the drawstring.

Bag. How amazing is this Nine West Arch Nemesis Satchel for an affordable $99?  I was just saying that I need a new cognac bag, and this may be it.

I chose a deep brown hue to break up the black.  If you prefer a monochromatic look, this Matt & Nat bag is a great choice.

Pumps. 27 Edit Alanna Pumps ($135).  27 Edit is a new to me brand making stylish basics and unique party shoes.  I love these simple black heels, but do not miss these punchy, poppy-colored sandals.

Accessories. I love a white tortoise pair of sunglasses.  This pair from Illesteva ($179) are modern and playful.  They have a lightness to them which brown tortoise does not (still love them too, don’t @ me).  Need a white tortoise pair for less?  Try this pair from Isaac Mizrahi.

For earrings, I chose this slightly-splurgy pair from Monica Vinader ($160).  They have itty bitty diamonds set in silver.  For an affordable pair, try these polished button studs.

Lastly, for a pop of color, try a bold red lip.  This is NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabelle, a classic red.  Prefer something lighter?  Try this Lilah B. tinted lip balm in a fiery red.

So what is your favorite polished, yet casual outfit?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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