Whether you work in a creative office, a brand-new startup, or somewhere in between, there are a lot of casual work environments these days. Combine that to the elusive definition of a smart-casual dress code in 2019 and you probably find yourself at a loss as to what to wear.
Dressing for the office—no matter what type of environment you’re in—can be tricky. From finding out what types of tops are HR-approved to decoding what casual Friday entails for your office, there are a lot of things to consider. And when you work in a place that has a vague dress code, the task can feel even more overwhelming. Not to worry—that’s where we come in. To make sure you’re dressing the part for an office with a smart-casual dress code, we asked stylist Britt Theodora for her expertise.
“A smart-casual dress code is an elevation of your ideal day-to-day wardrobe,” she explains. “To turn a go-to jeans-and–T-shirt ensemble into business casual, throw on a black blazer and non-ripped jeans with ballet flats.” Theodora’s other favorite pieces for a smart-casual look involve high-waisted cigarette pants with white button-downs and a comfortable pointed heel. And when in doubt, avoid wearing anything too revealing, such as plunging necklines and short skirts or dresses.
Now, scroll down to shop for your smart-casual dress code below.
Altuzarra Fenice Blazer ($1695)
The tailored bodice of this will feel so flattering on you.
Frame Double-Breasted Wool Blazer ($313)
A double-breasted blazer always feels so chic.
Zara Blazer With Rolled-Up Sleeves ($119)
If you want a more casual option, this style comes with the look of rolled sleeves.
Adam Lippes Stretch Cady Cigarette Pant with Pintucks ($483)
Wear these with pointed mules and a chic anklet.
Off-White Houndstooth Wool Slim-Leg Pants ($895)
Swap out your classic black trousers for these checked pants, and pair them with a denim shirt.
Veronica Beard Slim Cigarette Pants ($395)
To give yourself the illusion of longer legs, opt for pointy-toe pumps.
Aquazurra Deneuve Ballet Flats ($695)
Nope, we're still not over leopard-print anything.
Chloe Lauren Scalloped Leather Ballet Flats ($495)
The scalloped edge gives these classic flats a feminine touch.
Jil Sander Two-Tone Leather Ballet Flats ($490)
These are definitely not your everyday flats.
Comfortable Pointed Toe Heels
Dear Frances North Slingback ($245)
Trust us, you'll be able to stand all day in these.
Everlane The Editor Heel ($165)
A classic pump with a kitten heel will be one of the more comfortable shoe options for the office.
M.Gemi The Lasso ($278)
Whether you wear these with a pair of jeans or a midi skirt, these mules will instantly elevate your ensemble.
Jeans (Without Rips)
Acne Studios Mece Jeans ($290)
Black jeans will feel a touch more polished than your everyday blues.
Agolde Jamie High Rise Classic Jeans ($178)
Pair these with strappy sandals or heels for a more polished approach.
Violeta Slim-Fit Valentin Jeans ($30)
Complement your white jeans with a chic black blazer when you need an instant touch of professionalism.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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