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Back to the Office in Our Business Casual Wear

Business Casual for Women

Within any Minx’s work wardrobe there is array of subtle personality shifts and levels of professional formality. We dress depending on our anticipated day: will there be an important meeting? Will we be dashing from work to a date, to the grocery store, to the airport? Will it be a high powered day at work or a laid back and more casual one?

Optimus Prime Gave Us this Mission for Our Work Wardrobe

Transformer Sweater, THML

There is very little that can compete with the understated elegance of a pullover sweater. Here we have our Transformer pullover sweater. It is fun, fresh and functional! The geometric, four tone, color block design creates the perfect combination of modern edge and classic nostalgia.

Transformer Sweater, THML

Pullover sweaters looks great with trousers and skirts that hit at the natural waistline. They are just as easily paired with a lower rise bottom when layered over a oxford style shirt, tunic, or under layer tank or tee. We love the pullover sweater to go over a short dress as well, as we highlighted in our recent post about how to build a wardrobe. The diversity of styles that this pullover sweater can achieve, not to mention the striking resemblance that the geometric design has with Optimus Prime’s emblem, truly makes this the Transformer sweater!

How to Put Together a Business Casual Outfit

Sheer Tori Tunic, Fun 2 Fun

What is really meant by business casual? There is no one definitive answer. However, there are some basic guidelines that we stand behind. One cringes against the perfunctory image of Hawaiian Shirt Fridays. Or does one? Good food for thought: how to update the Hawaiian shirt. Let’s file that away for now, put it under the category: the fun fashion challenge we bestow upon all you Minxs. But, in all seriousness, casual work attire can truly only be a few notches down the causal ladder from everyday work attire.

Transformer Sweater, THML

Again, The Importance of Shoes for Office Fashion

Let us not forget how paramount shoes are to any outfit. Ultimately, what image your outfit conveys hinges on what shoes accompany it. Even when we wish this wasn’t true: it is.

Here we have our work causal attire paired with slip-on sneakers. It conveys more of a weekend appeal in truth. Even if your work attire is causal, a Minx might want to make a slightly more professional statement with her shoes. Perhaps flats. Not a huge change in comfort, but quite noticeable in perception.

Gibsin Perforated Sneakers, Dolce Vita

Then, as a Minx heads out of work, and off on a weekender adventure, she can reach into her overstuffed and always loyal shoulder bag, and swap out the flats for her trusty sneakers.

Locked and loaded this Minx is ready for her work casual look to transform. Like Optimus Prime, she is ready to duck out of her giant robot form and sink into the comfort of her semi truck form as she tears down the highways into the glow of the Friday evening sun!

Find parts of this look on Minxasheville.com and the rest in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Transformer Crewneck Sweater, THML – $75
Sheer Tori Tunic, Fun 2 Fun – $38
Harmony Wide Leg Capris, Wells Grace – $40
Pony Hair Side Satchel, Minx
Gibsin Perforated Sneakers, Dolce Vita – $67

Big thanks to our newest contributor Amelia Brommer for the post, Paola Nazati Photography for the images, and Breanna for modeling!

Any day of the week.

Casual workwear doesn’t necessarily have to be unappealing or a chore.  Wear classic navy with grey and accent it with a few splashy pops of color.  Tillvaro Designs’ printed jersey skirt can go from office to weekend-wear with ease.  A trusty ADA belt gives this look structure and polish. We’re loving the new cement color with this and so many other things in the shop right now.  A pair of sunny yellow Frye flats and Seven Swans earrings will make getting dressed a pleasure any day of the week.

short-sleeved cardigan, Renee C. – $45
printed jersey skirt, Tillvaro Designs (formerly local) – $45
yellow Regina ballet flats, Frye – $117
pink bandeau, Nikibiki – $6
earrings, Seven Swans (local) – $77
leather wrap belt in cement, ADA – $77

Special thanks to our guest model Yoko Morris and hair styling by Katie Manselle at Ananda Hair Studio.

Photography by Paola Nazati.

Put it to work.

Office-appropriate apparel doesn’t have to be boring.  Mix things up with a vibrant skirt, floral blouse and sweet, modern wedges.  You can always layer on a cardigan or blazer if your workplace is a little chilly or conservative.  Then pack your day into this stunning Frye satchel.  We have two shades of gorgeous antiqued leather to choose from, moss (shown here) and dusty rose.  At 13.5 inches wide, it can accommodate tablets, certain laptops, and notebooks.  Work it girl!

knee-length skirt in marine blue, Tulle – $44
secret garden top, Tulle – $47
beaded gold hoop earrings, Palola (local) – $48
Fay skinny belt, Cheap Monday – $18
Colette wedges, Chelsea Crew – $63
Cameron satchel in Moss, Frye – $405

Thanks to our guest model, Meredith Chambers and Paola Nazati, photography.

I can fly twice as hiiigh

Doesn’t just seeing these yellow butterflies brighten up your day a little?  Now imagine wearing this dress all day long.  Yep, it’s a feel-good, good-day dress, and everyone needs one of those.  We’re loving its 90s vibes too… wouldn’t it be cute dressed down with your fave combat boots?

butterfly print dress, Tulle – $46
rust-orange sueded tencel blazer, Lush – $75
reversible tight-end tights, SPANX – $34
black lucite leaf earrings, Liz Larios – $84
yellow satin Hydrangea heels, Seychelles – $93

Special thanks to Olivia Morris, our guest model for the week; Guadalupe Chavarria, hairstyling; and Paola Nazati, photography.

Patriotic Palette

Here’s a cute, work-appropriate outfit that’s packed with versatile pieces.  The cream blouse is a closet work-horse; that striped pencil skirt can easily be worn any number of ways; Tulle’s woven red jacket is a statement piece for lots of looks and you’ve probably seen how many ways there are to wear these fabulous yellow Seychelles on our blog!  They go with everything!

navy/taupe striped pencil skirt, Monteau – $27
cream blouse, Collective Concepts – $56
yellow booties, Seychelles – $121
red woven jacket, Tulle – $95
dark green studded leather bag, Tano – $199
brushed gold earrings, Sheila Fajl – $57

Special thanks to Shady Grove Flowers and Paola Nazati Photography.