What do business casual outfits for women look like? Well, that answer depends entirely on a bunch of different factors. In the past, business casual dressing was still incredibly buttoned-up — I’m talking khaki pants, button-down shirts, and pantyhose. It was slightly loosened up from the formal suits and dresses women used to wear, sure. But there wasn’t a lot of room for expression.
Now, things are a little different. Business casual attire is much less strict and much more open to creativity. Depending on which industry you work in, even athleisure can be considered business casual attire.
The beauty of this type of dressing is that it transitions seamlessly from day to night, making it easy to go from a business lunch to drinks with friends.
Sounds easy, right? But in fact, dressing business casual can sometimes cause more stress than just having a formal work uniform. Having so many options can be overwhelming, and everyone’s idea of what “casual” means is different. That’s why having a capsule wardrobe full of polished, tailored pieces that are also insanely comfortable is ideal. You can mix and match versatile pieces, which helps to make them more formal or more casual, depending on what your work day requires.
Still confused? Take a deep breath — I got you. Ahead, I’m laying out business casual outfits by city. Because let’s face it, business casual in New York and LA are completely different.