Casual Work Outfit Ideas

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how to style work pants for fall, burgundy work pants, casual office outfit - My Style Vita
how to style work pants for fall, burgundy work pants, casual office outfit - My Style Vita

I’ll be honest here, I haven’t worn a suit in nearly 7 years. My life in the corporate 9-5 world lasted approximately 5 years. My first job out of college was working at Norfolk Southern as a revenue accountant. This was a traditional corporate job in that I had to wear a suit every single day. My closet was stocked with Express and Loft. Super great, affordable office wear and still to this day is my go-to for pieces like that.  And on “jean day” which was a charity event that you had to pay to participate in, I was reprimanded for my skinny jeans. But don’t worry, the miserable upper management who hated me wore them anyway. I hated it. They hated me. It was mutual.

After a few months of interviewing, working on my pathetic blog at the time, and interning at an online high-end designer boutique, I finally got a job as an account executive at Alternative Apparel. I skipped to work every day I loved it so much. The casual office environment and culture in combination with working on a brand that I truly loved and wore was a dream come true. I worked there for four years working my way up to the southeast sales rep. Even as a sales rep meeting with clients regularly, I was still quite casual with my work outfits.

Company Culture

We wore jeans, sneakers, our own tee shirts (they do really make the best tees and sweatshirts and still wear them ALL THE TIME). So I ended up storing most of the collar shirts, slacks and pencil skirts pretty soon after investing in all of the things. Now 7 years later, these pieces either no longer fit me, aren’t in style, or I just don’t need them.

Now that I’m 3.5 years into blogging full time, I have an extensive closet of comfy tees, jeans and loungewear. Sure this is great for me, but you the reader have spoken and I have listened. So many of you have requested more 9-5 office casual work outfit ideas. Still casual enough, comfy and stylish. Because I’m all about the effortless stuff here. Fashion doesn’t have to be fussy or uncomfortable.  You can easily elevate an outfit effortlessly with just a few things here and there.

And when thinking of what to wear to the office, I want to easily show you how to effortlessly elevate, feel stylish and not break the bank. I get the latter is a bit subjective, but you can’t really go wrong with the deals at Express and LOFT. Still, to this day, I head to those two stores to find dressier pieces that don’t cost a fortune. And bonus, looks great.

Casual Work Outfit Ideas

One of my favorite essentials to a casual work wardrobe are these columnist pants from Express. Don’t buy them full price friends, they’ll always be on sale at one point or another. But these are probably the best pants to grab right now for the office. They come in a dozen colors and are super flattering. The mid-rise is perfect, not too high, not too low.

I oftentimes say in many of my outfit posts with jeans, that you can easily swap out the jeans, for cigarette dress pants for a 9-5 look. Take this outfit for example and also this one where I style this bell sleeve top with jeans where the rule easily applies. But oftentimes, it’s hard to visualize it and I get that. So here’s pretty much one of my go-to dressier looks with denim, but swapped the pants for these great ankle dress pants. Easy enough right?

Casual Work Outfits With Blazers

One of my favorite ways to easily dress up or a down a look to make it a casual work outfit is swapping out your slacks with jeans. This is also why I love the Express Columnist pant. It has a similar silhouette to my favorite jeans making it really easy to swap out with casual tops, or swap out the pant for a jean. Always add a blazer when doing a jean so that it’s pulled together and still work appropriate. If your office doesn’t allow jeans, just swap the jeans for the columnist pant! It’s a great way to mix and match!

TIP: If you find a dress pant you love so much, buy two pairs. I used to hem one for flats and keep the other for heels. It made getting dressed super easy. Hemming is super inexpensive and worth the $5!


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Casual Work Outfits With Dresses

Dresses are such a great way to pull a casual work outfit together. I love a good midi skirt length which makes it office appropriate but also on trend. For a more casual feel, add a denim jacket if your office allows it. Add a bootie, or colorful heel to make it feel more casual and less stuffy! This long sleeve plaid shirt dress is just perfect. Pair with a loafer for an even more casual and comfortable look!


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Casual Work Outfits With Jumpsuits

I love a good jumpsuit and have 100% fallen in love with the ones from Madewell (shocker). But they truly are great! They’re like a dress, but not. For a casual work outfit with jumpsuits that also feels cool and street style but perfect for the office is this one that I love! Just be sure you keep your length in mind like your dresses and skirts. Always keep things at or around the knee. Don’t be doing a romper, jumpsuit, or crop is perfect for an appropriate office style.

I also realize all of the below are paired with a denim jacket. Don’t do that. Try a white blazer for summer, or a pop of color to switch it up. Adding a blazer really ties it all together. But if your office is casual, a denim jacket can usually work depending on your dress code.


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Need more office style outfit ideas? Be sure to also see this burgundy pants outfit idea for the office right here.

Photos by Hannah Michelle

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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18 Comments

  1. 10.22.18
    Laura Leigh said:

    Love these paired with the moto jacket!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

  2. 10.22.18
    Laura Leigh said:

    Loving these pants styled with the moto jacket!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

  3. 11.3.18
    Bonnie said:

    I love the outfit! Can you please tell me about the shoes? You have great shoes in many of your style pics that I would love more information about. Thanks!

    • 11.3.18
      Jessica said:

      IF the items I’m wearing are available I always link to them at the bottom of the post!

  4. 9.19.19
    Mariah said:

    I love this outfit! I think a need those color slacks for fall. I work in a business only office so posts like this are so helpful!

    http://moosmusing.com

  5. 9.20.19
    Maureen said:

    Such a chic look! Love the print and sleeves of your blouse.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • 9.22.19
      Jessica said:

      Thanks! it’s an old find and I still wear it all the time!

  6. 9.26.19
    Greta said:

    One thing I miss about working in an office is the cute suits and business wear! I love all the ways you styled your blazers.

    • 9.26.19
      Jessica said:

      Oh man I don’t miss it at all! But it was a nice way to get dressed up for sure.

  7. 9.26.19
    Rachel said:

    I’m obsessing over all of these outfit ideas for the office! I’m always throwing on a t-shirt and sneakers, but I need to get out of the funk and can’t wait to give these a try!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    • 9.26.19
      Jessica said:

      SAME! I put my jeans in a drawer and I’m noticing I’m grabbing them a lot less which is making it more fun to get dressed.

  8. 9.26.19

    I had to chuckle while reading because I still have to pay to wear jeans on specific days and no one likes my skinnies or destructed jeans either. LOL! I love your work wear options, so many good things! XO, Laura
    https://lauramintz.com/

    • 9.26.19
      Jessica said:

      Omg that was story of my life at my first job out of college. You can always swap the jeans with a great navy cigarette pant and you’re good to go!

  9. 9.27.19
    Ashlee said:

    Love how throwing on a blazer makes an otherwise casual-ish outfit work appropriate!

    Ashlee | cobaltchronicles.com

    • 9.27.19
      Jessica said:

      Haha I mean it’s the jean jacket of the office world right?

  10. 9.30.19
    Monika said:

    Great tips especially that about the dress pant and hemming one pair for flats. I buy doubles of the same item if I love it as well!

    • 9.30.19
      Jessica said:

      Yes that was my go to for my old 9-5. When you find good pants you gotta buy two pairs!