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The majority of offices most of us will come across will likely be business casual.

It's all fine and dandy to read about how you should dress for work, but some visual examples can help you find the right options at the mall.

Use these style sheets as inspiration to put together your own looks. When shopping remember to keep in mind that you want to start with items that can go with a lot of different options. It'll make building your wardrobe a lot easier - and more affordable.

Unless otherwise noted, most of our examples came from Pinterest users. Click the photos to find more examples!

Getting Started

The Daily Muse shows the range for women and men from Corporate Classics to Start Up Style:

I love this layout, above from The Daily Muse. You can mix-and-match all of thse items to create a dozen different work appropriate outfits.

I think it is fair to say that you are not likely to sport the faux leather look to an interview - this does give you an idea of how to style a contemporary suit in various ways which will help once you get the job. Note how the models all picked a trendy pants cut, but kept the look work appropritate with more classic looks on top.

There is Ann Taylor's perspective on what to wear for various types of interviews, of course heels are always optional. put together a helpful guide on the small details that can make or break an appropriate outfit.

Business Casual

The majority of offices most of us will come across will likely be business casual. This can actually describe a pretty wide variety of wardrobe options, so if you're unsure, try leaning more towards business than casual until you figure out the office vibe.

This first look is on the more casual side. It's also perfect if you have a job where your day takes you from a desk to working briefly outside or in a warehouse. The nice belt blouse dresses up the jeans and sweater. For a slightly dressier look, just swap the sweater for an oversized blazer.

This next look is a little more formal. The light-weight pants and three-quarter sleeves make this perfect for a warm Spring day, or if your officemates insist on cranking the heat.

While you'll need to watch the neckline on this blouse, this outfit would be perfect if you work with creatives or if your job includes meeting clients after office hours. The white blazer is a nice refresh from the typical dark colours, and the flats will keep you comfortable all day long.

The Ever Versatile Blazer

Blazers go with almost anything. If you only splurg on one clothing item, make it a nice blazer or suit jacket. They instantly dress up any outfit, and most provide super-convenient pockets.


Men, you can get in on the blazer action too. Pick a blazer in black or dark grey and it can dress up any pair of jeans or a button up. The second look may be a little casual for some offices, but the general idea is great.

Do you have any must-have office looks? Send them our way and we'll add them to our collection.

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