Casual Business

Casual work wear Working in environments that have casual, somewhat laid back dress codes like advertising agencies or places like Red Bull can be confusing. How short is short when it comes to the hem of your skirt? Is distressed denim allowed? How can one wear a sheer top without being inappropriate? Can you wear a sheer top without being inappropriate? The answer to that one is, only if you wear a camisole underneath it.

I used to have these debates with myself all the time when I worked for Red Bull. As the regional marketing manager, and essentially the boss, could I get away with a sheer blouse sans camisole at work? My answer was always a firm no. If I’m showing my bra off at work, I might as well go all the way and wear underwear as outerwear.

When it comes to dressing for casual work environments, especially if you are in a management position, my advice is to teeter between smart and casual. Invest in versatile pieces that take you from day to night, from the office to the bar and so on. Keep it tidy and don’t wear distressed denim. I genuinely believe that distressed denim has no place in an office.

Get some key pieces that immediately smarten up an outfit:

Button up shirts  in crisp white or striped

Tailored trousers of any kind, whether it be high waisted, culottes, tapered, slim, or wide leg. Just make sure that they aren’t ill-fitting. Otherwise, you might as well just wear distressed denim jeans.

Blazers… The more the merrier.

Great fitting Pencil Skirts

A white t-shirt worn with dark blue denim jeans and a pair of loafers becomes slightly more corporate when a blazer is thrown on. The striped shirt I am wearing in this post can be worn with a pair of distressed denim jeans and white sneakers, like I did over the weekend. And well… the culottes can be worn 5 ways, like in this YouTube video.Casual work wear 3 Casual work wear 50

Clothing Credits: Crop top worn over shirt from Witchery at Woolworths, Striped Shirt from Witchery at Woolworths | Black Culottes from Witchery at Woolworths | Pointed lace up flats from Stuart Weitzman at Spitz | Handbag from Fossil

Hair by Candi & Co Salon

Photography by Keagan Kingsley Green of Gold Creatures

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