Back to Work: Formal business attire that’s anything but stuffy (Part 2)

Last week, I shared a style segment I participated in on Breakfast Television. I had such a great time putting this together and I’m thrilled to give you a breakdown of the second look from this segment.

My thoughts:

You probably know how I feel about this topic (as I shake my head).  In general, I feel that people present themselves WAY too casually. This is especially true on days when dress codes are relaxed (casual Fridays). My take on it is this: even on casual workdays, you’re still a professional, in a professional environment.  Anyone can walk into your office at any given time. It’s important to always present yourself professionally.

Ok, enough of that. Let me show you a much better way to do casual Friday.

The items I showcased for this segment are all from LOFT. Yes, the shoes too. You’re going to love this one.

2nd Look: Biz Casual (that isn’t so casual)


Why this is awesome:

  • This leopard print blouse is perfect for your work wardrobe. It’s easy to wear, layers well and can be dressed up/down.
  • I’ve paired it with my take on khakis, which I’d say is a common casual Friday garment. This skirt is much more than a standard pair of khaki pants. It has great structure and has a sleek cut.  It really is a foundational wardrobe item (yes, this is an investment garment).
  • You may have noticed that the common thread throughout this segment was the black blazer. This is likely the type of black blazer that most of you have in your wardrobe right now (rather that the velvet, black blazer I showcased in the first look). If you don’t have this basic item, LOFT has it for you. Go get it.
  • I’ve paired this look with a deep brown, pointed booty. Yes, the boot doesn’t match the blazer. That would be too boring and typical. You’re not boring and typical. The bit of brown and taupe in the leopard print blouse complements the brown booty but doesn’t match. THAT’S effortlessly stylish. No need to overthink this ladies.
  • If you’re looking for a new updo for work, try this braided crown. It’s an elevated work-appropriate updo that looks like you’ve just stepped out of a magazine. It doesn’t look too polished; that would look too beauty queen-ish.
  • The only real pop of colour in this look is the red lip on our model. If you’re wanting to try a brighter lip colour at the office, my suggestion is to keep the rest of your makeup subtle. You certainly don’t want to look like you’re ready for the bar while you’re on your way to work.


Who contributed to this look?

Hair: Colleen McGinn

Makeup: Gina Bilocerkowec

Clothing, Shoes and Accessories: LOFT

Styling: Me, of course.