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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Business Casual

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Jacket, shirt, belt, and crop pants: Gap {back to school gift from Mommy!}, Shoes: Rocketdog, Scarf: Gift, Bracelets: F21, Premier, Watch: Movado {Gift}, Bag: Chanel {Hand me down}, Nails: NYC Park Ave., Glasses: c/o Karen Kane

Right, yeah, yeah, everyone's heard those buzz words before, but why in green pastures couldn't the guy who coined the phrase have made it a bit more specific. I have school orientation coming up two weeks from now and the game plan for the garb is in the brewing stage. My only guidelines are "business casual is suggested." Right. And from those I've quizzed {+ my number one best buddy, google}, I've gotten everything from jeans and a nice sweater { Not happening in Florida. In August.} to a suit {?}. So in preparation and perhaps a bit of sheer desperation, I extend to you my humblest postulation. Like whoa. I'm pretty sure we should note and document that impressive Dr. Suess moment for the day. Or perhaps the fact that it is posted online will take care of that. Regardless, my door is ajar, so I encourage you all to stick your noses right up in my business {no pun} and grant me the pleasure of hearing your best interpretations of the quite-dramatically-under-specific-phrase listed above. Please and thank you my friends.


Love,


Ramsey

34 comments:

Chloe said...

Love the pants on you. Such a great fit.

C x

http://memiorsofalittlethingcalledlife.blogspot.com/

Kelly said...

While some people will wear jeans, I wouldn't recommend it, as those people always look underdressed.

What you have to remember is that business attire probably means a suit or dress made of suiting fabric, heels, and possibly hose.

So business casual is less intense than that, but still professional. Many people mistakenly put the emphasis on the casual.

I've only recently started reading your blog, so I don't know in what field your orientation is. That will make a huge difference. If you're in a conservative field, like accounting, I wouldn't get any more creative than what you're wearing now. If you're in a creative field, like graphic design, you can (and probably should) be more creative with what you're wearing, which will naturally end up more casual as a result.

In either situation, I'd probably suggest knee-length skirts (no maxis or minis) or dress pants, and low to mid-height heels for the first day. Then you can judge the crowd.

That was a remarkably long comment, I hope you meant it when you asked for input, and I hope mine was helpful!

Kelly
http://fashionorfiction.blogspot.com/

Kelly said...

And if I didn't say so, what you're wearing now looks great...love the bag. Just exciting enough to stand out from the crowd without making any business-casual waves.

Amber said...

Love the look your wearing but if it is too hot pants and a shirt always look good. Play with your great accessories to make it more your own, you need to be comfortable on a big day like that, not like your wearing a costume. Good luck honey. ax

Lippylash said...

I really love this look!! I understand little black dresses under business casual. But also some pretty dark washed jeans with a blouse and a gorgeous blazer.
So you can go all sorts of ways..

kelleyjohnson07 said...

Can I start off by saying, "Cute scarf!"? And then on to business casual. I would go with a a sweet business/casual little black dress. The dress itself can stand as business all on its own, but you can casual it up (down?) while also standing out from the crowd with some fun breezy accessories and a sweet but casual hairdo like a waterfall braid or some simple curls. You will Rock it girl!

Courtney said...

I'm wearing those same Gap pants right now (in gray, I also have them in black). They are the MOST flattering pants I own, love them! Love your blog, btw, read it every day, you're totally adorbs! First time I've posted though...nice to meet ya!

Whitney & Devin said...

NO JEANS my friend. Jeans are only appropriate for anything that says "business" on a casual Friday. I think what you are wearing is fantastic! If you want to go more casual than what you are wearing I would wear some pants like that (in the picture) and a nice button down and some flats... nice... but not overly dressed and not under dressed.

CessOviedo said...

It'd say business gorgeous! Love the Chanel bag, timeless goodie!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

that scarf is beautiful colors!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Gentri said...

I think that outfit is perfect! Business casual to me is- no jeans, skirts/ shorts to the knee. :)

Thessa said...

That's a really cute outfit! The animal prints make for really cute accents.

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Ana Magdalena said...

you bag!!! I love it. LOVE IT!

Mommyblogger said...

I think you hit business casual right on the head! You look perfect. I used to work in a law office where we were required to be business casual and many times I wore outfits similar to yours. Gorgeous darling :)

Nav said...

I work in Finance'ish section and I wear pants like those and lots of color, its all about having fun. Love the chanel purse and the look :)

xo Nav
http://navlandstyle.blogspot.com/

K*Rock said...

Hi Ramsey!
I definitely say no jeans. Or suit. Those are way to in the casual or business direction. What about a pencil skirt and blouse combo? Feminine yet professional and easy enough for you to through in your sass and style ;)

XO
-K
http://www.kristinhassan.blogspot.com

PS - did I ever tell you my husbands name is Ramzi? ha!

Emily said...

For business casual I would suggest a high waisted pencil skirt with a fun printed top tucked in. Belt it, and wear heels. The pencil skirt says "I can be taken seriously" and the printed top says "I'm here to party". Winning combination ;)

Heather said...

i would say what you are wearing now is great. you could even lose the jacket and add a nice blouse.

A Northern Girl With A Southern Heart said...

You look great as always! Its business casual here in my office as well, so I just bought some khaki pants & I usually wear a nice top. In the summer I do admit, I wear flip flops, but my boss doesnt care.

Sorry I'm not much more help, my office is kinda odd. =P

Gabrielle - I LIKE IT FAST said...

Love this look! Very sophisticated!
xx
I LIKE IT FAST

Laura said...

I think you rocked the business casual look! I love the tailored fit of the pants and blazer, paired with the fun pop from the scarf. And of course the bag is classic.

Savannah said...

You look so stinkin chic I love it!

danica said...

"Business-casual" always confused me. I think it's easier for guys cause they can just wear khakis and some button down shirt. No real thought into that one. I think that with business casual you wouldn't really need a blazer. But I like blazers, so perhaps wear a nice dress/skirt & blouse with a blazer (which might also be good since you live somewhere humid and hot). It really does depend on what area of work you're in too. I have no idea if this was helpful. :)

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wildchild said...

yes yes, i think your outfit now is business casual. office appropriate, but no fancy suits or stuffy ties (for guys, obvi. ha). and like @kelly said, if it's a more creative field, you can wear brighter colors or a more brightly patterned scarf or something.

Amy said...

Argh I *hate* when people stipulate "business casual"! When I worked in London my colleagues and I always took it to mean tailored trousers or a skirt (but dark, tailored jeans were OK) with a dressy workwear top and a blazer. This usually meant we were dressed up enough for drinks after work too, bonus! P.S, those trousers you're wearing are gorgeous...I want!

lisa elizabeth said...

Oooooh! I'm gonna have to copy this outfit for work soon!!!

Gaby said...

You look great, perfectly business casual :)

Cassi said...

I used to work orientation at my university. I agree, no jeans for sure. Your outfit above is great. I used to wear dressy capris or pants (none with back pockets unless they're just slits, no cargos obviously), or a pencil skirt with a nice top. Sometimes I even wore dressy knee shorts. Have fun :) AND be sure to wear comfy shoes.

Emma Robertson said...

Love those pants! Very Audrey Hepburn.

xo,
Em

Alexis Kaye said...

you are too classy for your own good.

-Love, Alexis

Gertrude said...

So so chic! I think your outfit is perfect for a 'business casual' look, although I agree, that term is SO confusing.

Sarah@totalbassetcase said...

LOVE this take business casual! Super super cute outfit...like I might steal it, ha :)

Im loving the scarf too...Im always too nervous to try things like that.

Alessandra said...

Wow, Ramsey! You look gorgeous, what a great look on you. Sophisticated and professional, but still insanely pretty and feminine.

Darcie said...

Super cute outfit! I need to remember to use scarves!