The business casual dress code is all about context. As a fashion stylist, I err on the dressy and creative side of business casual which makes this outfit appropriate for my line of work. So, true to my style I layered a black silk chiffon polka dot blouse over a fully buttoned-up tunic shirt. Turned back the cuffs and added a fun beaded pearl necklace. I paired the look with black cigarette pants, patent biker booties and a very special red handbag. For warmth, I pull on a wool coat or trench coat. For a more professional indoor business look, I add a black boyfriend blazer or regular charcoal pinstriped blazer.
In a more conservative work environment, you can leave off the layered blouse and add a broad waist-cinching belt, bootcut slacks and regular pumps. A scarf tied the authoritarian way adds a nice touch too. You can also layer a soft boyfriend or cascading cardigan over the belted tunic shirt.
Again, no waist definition on this outfit because that’s how I personally prefer the look (though I am not allergic to belts). A strong shoulder line paired with sleek bottoms offers enough structure. Tomorrow, you might see a bit more waist definition when I tackle a semi formal setting.