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Thursday Outfit: A Business Casual Look for Fall

Temperatures this weekend will dip below freezing overnight, so it feels like fall.  I won’t be in the office much (I’m on maternity leave but have a handful of active cases I need to keep an eye on over the next few weeks), so I’m on the hunt for chic business casual looks.  And this one definitely fits the bill.

I spotted this look on Pinterest, and I was instantly smitten.  The soft neutrals, sleek pieces, and easy elegance really grabbed my attention.  So let’s recreate it using pieces you can shop for today,

Blazer // A camel blazer is a must-have.  I bought one several years ago, and I’m always surprised by how often I reach for it.  It’s a versatile neutral that pairs well with many colors (it is absolutely stunning with black or grey).

This Willa Blazer from J.Crew is a great option.  It’s well made, well priced (esp. on sale) and the color is a softer camel with blush hues.  Other options include my favorite Banana Republic blazer, and this under-$100 Schoolboy Blazer from J.Crew Factory.  Plus-size? The J.Crew blazer comes in 1x-3x.

Sweater // These cashmere tees from J.Crew are the perfect layering pieces for cold weather.  If you live in a place where it gets cool, but not cold, they let you layer sweaters without overdoing it for the conditions.  I also love this darker, toffee-colored sweater.  Yoox also has this affordable, under-$50 option.

Denim // Cream denim is still a great purchase for anyone who can wear jeans to work but isn’t quite ready for white in winter.  These wide leg jeans from Nobody’s Child are a great piece for under-$75.  And unlike most cream denim you see, this pair isn’t hemmed short enough to qualify as flood preparedness.

I also found these jeans from Mother and this flared pair from Boden are both worth a look.  Plus?  Try these Lola straight legs.

Shoes // My Mother owns these Cole Haan sneakers, and she adores them.  When they got damaged on a trip to the pool with her grandchildren, she replaced them immediately.  They’re comfortable, sleek, and simple.  They’re the sneaker for people who don’t wear sneakers.  Need a less expensive pair?  Naturalizer has a very similar pair for under-$100.

Accessories // I chose these hoops because the beaded detail made them different, cooler.  They give you all the sleek, bold drama of a hoop with a little something extra.

Layering pendants is still a hot look.  You can buy them already paired up.  Or you can buy the pieces, like this chunky chain necklace and this super affordable initial tag necklace.  For a more delicate pendant, this Satya necklace or this engraveable Mejuri pendant are both fantastic.

Styling // I like this look with a sleek ballerina bun pinned low (video tutorial).  It shows off the collar of the jacket and the earrings.  Also, red and camel are also a classic combination, so don’t miss the red lip.  Glossier’s red lipstick is almost foolproof because it’s a little lighter and a bit sheer.

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  1. Jess says:

    I have those Naturalizer shoes and they are great. Comfortable, look nice, and available in wide. They’re going with me to Italy in 2 days, so hoping they can stand up to the walking. 🙂

    September 8, 2022/Reply