How to Dress Business Casual

Dressing up for an interview, work, or special occasion can be a very daunting task for women. Here is a guide of what to wear and where you can get it.

Pants Dress pants are the obvious choice for many women because they are versatile. The key to good dress pants is that they fit you well, are not frayed or ripped, and are wrinkle-free. You can either get a basic color and buy fun tops, or buy a colorful or patterned pair and keep your tops basic. Old Navy has tons of affordable options in all kinds of colors and patterns!

Skirts Skirts are a great option to wear during the warmer months. Just like dress pants, you can find these in basic colors or there are more fun options. One thing to keep in mind if you are choosing a skirt over pants is to consider the length. To stay professional, you want the skirt to be knee length. Skirts can be harder to find, but some options are Old Navy, H&M, or Macy’s.

Button ups Button up dress shirts can easily be paired with dress pants or a skirt. You want to make sure the shirt is buttoned up high enough and that the shirt isn’t wrinkled. These shirts can be found at basically any department store, Old Navy, Polo, and my personal favorite, Vineyard Vines (the little whale is too cute).

Blouses There are so many options for professional blouses out there, but you want to watch out for a few things to avoid. You don’t want anything that has a deep v-neck, is strapless or spaghetti straps, or is too short. I would look at Lulus, Old Navy, Dillards, H&M, or any department store.

Dresses Like tops and skirts, avoid very revealing dresses. It can be form fitting, but avoid short dresses. Business casual dresses should be knee-length. If you prefer more color, dresses would be an easier option compared to dress pants or skirts. You can find bright colored, patterned, and textured dresses, or just stick to the basics. Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, JCP, Lulus, or Dress Barn.

Jackets If you want something to keep you warm you have a couple options. There are blazers, cardigans, and sweaters. Sweaters look great over button up shirts and a black blazer can work over almost any top. The only jackets I have found that I loved were from TJ Maxx and Old Navy. I promise this article isn’t sponsored by Old Navy, they just have great business casual options!


I would stick to heels or flats, whichever you are the most comfortable with. If you are looking to stay within a budget I would look at DSW, JCP, or . But if you want to spurge on some shoes that will last you years, my favorite place to buy dressier shoes is Tory Burch.

Jewelry When dressing business casual you want to follow the motto of “less is more” when choosing jewelry. I stick to stud earrings like pearls and a nice watch. You can find pearls and watches just about anywhere you buy jewelry, but my favorite watch brand in Daniel Wellington.