Starting A New Job and I have Nothing To Wear!

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Recently I had two clients start new jobs.  They both had the same problem. They were going from jobs where they wore very casual attire and were now going to working in offices that were business casual.  Both of them were starting from scratch. They both had similar requests from me.

  1. Purchase items that you can mix and match
  2. Must be business casual
  3. Must be budget friendly
  4. Would like to be able to wear some of the pieces from day to night
  5. My clients don’t work in a conservative office, so some items I have selected wouldn’t work in a conservative office, but most will.

Here are some tips for business casual dress for a woman.

  1. Make sure that the pants have a good fit
  2. The pants are a good quality
  3. Try to stick to solid color, that way your co-workers won’t know where you are in your rotation.

Below are some pants at different price points that are good to try. Remember, pants fit everyone differently,so you might have try a couple styles or brands before you find your fit. Once you find a brand that fits you, buy it in a couple of different colors.



Martini Fit Black Trouser
Banana Republic



Skinny Ankle Pant
Vince Camuto
Editor Pant



















Below are some dresses and skirts that can be worn from day tonight. Remember that your hemlines should be at your knee or right above your knee. You are at work not at club. Some of the hemlines look at little short on the models due to their height.


Pencil Skirt
French Connection
Hilda Shirtdress
Cashmere Dress


The next thing that needs to be purchased are tops, sweaters, and blazers that can be mixed and matched.  The blazers and sweaters should also be able to mixed and matched with the dresses you bought so you use them to layer them and mix the styles up. You don’t want cleavage to be showing. You can pick shirt that are trend and fashion forward as long as they are not revealing  and are not too tight. Just like your pants you want them the to have a good fit.

Red Haute Blouse – Henley Color Block
Quotation -Bloomingdales

Topshop Lace Yoke Tank
Cutaway Blazer with Shirred Sleeves

Classic Mid Length Sweater
C Wonder
























Retro Polka-Dotted Blouse

Last but not least you need accessories. You might already have some thing in your closet. But below are some key pieces that can help change the look of your outfits. You can belt your cardigans or your dresses. If have a solid top a necklace will make the outfit!


Lulu Oval Stretch Belt


Lauren Ralph Lauren Belt – Reversible Calf Hair
Dimpled & Etched Bib Necklace
Forever 21
Kate Spade


Next is business casual for a man. Many of the same rules apply.

  1. Find a pair of pants that fit
  2. Once you find a pair that fit get them in black, grey, brown
  3. Pants are an investment piece
Lucky Brand
Bowery in Slim Wool
J. Crew



Tailored Slim Wool Dress Pant
Banana Republic



For business casual a button down and/or a sweater is really all you need.  When it gets cold out you can layer them and have a great look. Make sure that the shirt fits. Like pants there are many different types of styles of shirts. Fit is key!


Ted Baker

Ben Sherman
Slim Fit Check Shirt
John Varvatos






Now is a great time to buy sweaters since retailers have started marking them down and have been having friends and family deals.

Every office has it’s own interpretation of business casual. Make sure to look around and see what your boss wears. At the end of the day you want to dress for the job you want not the job you have! Good luck!