Let’s be real: There’s nothing worse than staring at a closet full of clothes and feeling like you have nothing to wear. While the world has changed immensely over the past few years, the one thing that remains constant is how overwhelming picking the best business casual outfit for work can be, especially considering the fact that some of us have been working from home for quite some time. But whether you are an essential worker or are just heading back into the office this fall, you can rest assured that your closet woes will soon subside. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 29 business casual outfits for women that will ensure you look and feel your best on the job. Plus, we’ve shopped out each look just in case your work wardrobe needs a little refresh.
WHO: Gosia Boy
WEAR: sleeveless blazer, maxi slip skirt, oxford mules
Creating the perfect business casual outfit is all about knowing which pieces to play with. For example, if you have a maxi slip skirt you love, styling it with a blazer and oxfords is the perfect way to make it appropriate for the workplace.
WEAR: monochrome sweaterdress and coat, statement boots
Sure, a sweaterdress and matching coat aren’t groundbreaking, but they create a foolproof work outfit for all. For a little something extra, try leveling up the outfit with a bold pair of boots, and you’ll be smitten with this ensemble—we promise.
WHO: Renata D’Agrella
WEAR: oversize button-down, coat, knee-high boots
Before you stress over styling or shopping for a brand-new look for the office, we’re here to remind you that sometimes the simplest outfit ideas are the best. Case in point: pairing your oversize button-down with a jacket and boots.
WHO: Hodan Yousuf
WEAR: button-down, sweater-vest, tie, cropped blazer, jeans, Dr. Martens
The key to perfecting casual business looks is getting creative with your styling. Don’t be afraid to take inspiration from menswear, and try pairing your button-down with a sweater-vest, a cropped jacket, jeans, combat boots, and even a tie.
WHO: Aniyah Morina
WEAR: sheer duster, bodysuit, trousers, ankle boots.
If you’re over basic blazers, try statement outerwear (like a sheer duster, leather jacket, or sequined coat). To make the look more business friendly, just be sure to swap your tube top for a turtleneck and finish off the look with trousers and ankle boots.
WHO: Renia Jaz
WEAR: collared blouse, cardigan, jeans, heels
You do not have to ditch your trusted denim as you head back into the office as long as they’re styled correctly. This outfit takes the casual staple to the next level by styling it with a bold collared blouse, a cardigan, and heels.
WHO: Jessica Torres
WEAR: leather button-down, dress, boots
Who said leather blazers or trousers had to be the only way to style this staple for the office? If you pair a leather button-down with a midi or maxi dress and boots, you’ve got a look that’s worthy of a promotion.
WHO: Chanel McKinsie
WEAR: button-down, sweater, shorts, oxfords
Sometimes, fall weather can be finicky—there are those days where all you want to do is wear your new seasonal staples, but it’s too hot. In those moments, pairing that sweater and button-down with a pair of shorts and oxford loafers is a great move.
WHO: Frida Becker
WEAR: oversize blazer, vest, knee-high boots
Love a good blazer dress? Us too. But if you’re not sure about how to wear this piece to work, we recommend playing the layering game. Since an oversize blazer can be on the shorter side, don’t be afraid to layer a turtleneck underneath. Style it with a vest and over-the-knee/knee-high boots. The less skin you can show, the better.
WEAR: sweater, leather pants, heels
I can attest to the fact that leather pants can make the simplest outfits way better. When you’re in a clothing rut, pairing these pants with your favorite heels and sweater is the simplest way to look your best for the office without the fuss.
WEAR: jumpsuit, combat boots
Perpetually running behind in the mornings? Avoid showing up late to work by opting for a boilersuit and boots. It’s not only easy to slip into, but its utilitarian nature also makes sure you can look professional without spending as much time and effort.
WHO: Loïcka Grâce
WEAR: trench coat, white T-shirt, leather trousers
The way to make leather pants appropriate for work is styling them simply. Pairing them with a T-shirt and trench coat in the same hue ensures you can finally wear those beloved pants without being too extra at the office.
WEAR: blazer, turtleneck, pajama pants, heels
If you’ve made it this far and are still dreading putting on real clothes, then let us remind you of something: Pajama pants can work for the office if styled right. Pair them with a turtleneck, a blazer, and heels, and your boss won’t even know you’re wearing sleepwear.
WHO: Dawn Tan
WEAR: midi dress, mules
There are so many great business casual outfit ideas, but remember that less is always more if you still find yourself overwhelmed. Pairing a fabulous dress with a good pair of mules is the easiest way to pull off a look that’s sure to impress your colleagues.