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Business Casual Basics for the Summer

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When it comes to landing the perfect job, one of the most valuable moments is your first impression. First impressions can center around several different moments in an interview process, but it primarily revolves around how you present yourself – and that includes how you dress.

For me, one of the hardest things to do when preparing for any interview is finding the right clothing to wear. While there are several different types of business dress wear for interviews, you first have to determine if it is professional or casual. When meeting a potential employer for the first time, dressing business professional is usually always the right way to go. But sometimes you’re asked to dress business casual and if you’re anything like me, figuring out what that meant took way longer than it should have.

As if finding the right business casual pieces weren’t difficult enough, when it comes to summer in the office we really have to adapt our clothing to the season. When it’s cold, we buy sweaters and stockings. In the fall, we pair our outfits with fancy scarves and booties. We aren’t as fortunate as men who follow the generic “khakis and a plaid button up with the sleeves rolled” guideline when dressing business casual. So with the summer months here to stay, here are my favorite business casual basics that won’t have you sweating for hours before your big first impression.

 

Skinny Ankle Pants
A definite must-have for all business casual dressers are skinny or slim fit work pants. While the flared edge or straight cut of work pants are perfect for a more professional, pantsuit style, the skinny fit keeps you looking put together yet relaxed. My favorites are cropped, skinny work pants in fun designs like plaid or subtle stripes, as they are easy to pair with and allow you to be creative with your personal style. Consider various prints, lengths and fabrics based on what style you’re going for and match with solid colored tops and closed toe heels.

Mid-Thigh Skirt
It’s always good to have a few skirts that match with everything in your closet. When it comes to business casual basics, you should try to buy skirts that are mid-thigh to knee length and look good with skirts tucked into them. I try to avoid materials that match that of professional wear and opt for lighter colors and occasionally floral patterns when dressing casual for the summer. When finding your skirt, be unique and have fun. One of my favorites is the asymmetrical flap skirt in dusty pink from Chicwish! Pair it with nude and black strappy heels and you’re ready to make the best lasting impression.

 

Printed Sundress and a Solid Blazer
When dressing for the office or a casual interview in the summer, you should have a flowy, modest dress that is mid-thigh to knee length and pairs perfectly with brown or nude heels. You should also always have a solid color blazer to go with everything! Honestly for me, a blazer completes every outfit, taking it from ordinary outfit to professionally relaxed in seconds. To make this combination of styles your own, consider what I do. I love my blue and ivory embroidered dress from Lulu’s and match it with my navy Forever 21 blazer. I like to tie a brown belt around my waist to give the outfit a more finished look and pair it with matching brown heels to bring everything together.

Business Casual Basics for the Summer

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Business Casual Basics for the Summer. Image credits: Lulu’s, GAP, Chicwish, Forever 21

Must-Have Denim Pieces For Fall

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Our favorite time of the year is back. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and our sweaters have made their way out of hiding and to the front of our closets. Among the clothes that have transitioned from Narnia-like hidden wardrobes to the top of our Outfit of the Week list is all things denim.

Paired perfectly in the cold weather with scarves and knee-high boots, and as jackets, skirts, and pants, denim is making a grand appearance this fall season. So dust off your denim and start setting trends with these must-have denim pieces for fall!

 

Indigo Bomber Jacket, $79.95, gap.com

Indigo Bomber Jacket
Start your fall wardrobe with a classy denim bomber jacket. The refined taste of denim paired with the chic look of the bomber-style jacket will keep you warm and absolutely looking your best. Match it with a variety of colored shirts and some cute jeans and you are ready for school, work, or even a late night out.

The Indigo bomber jacket by Gap is made with premium 1969 denim, meaning it has the perfect stretch for ultimate comfort while you’re on the go. Match that with the rib-knit cuffs and stand collar and you have a quality must-have this season.

Cool Blue Denim Choker, $12, Lulus.com

Cool Blue Denim Choker
One of the best parts about putting together your favorite outfits is choosing the perfect accessories—and Lulus definitely has some of the best in denim trends. Adding a boldly thick denim choker to any of your looks will make you stand out from the crowd. The sassy choker adds the perfect touch of blue and denim to anything.

Lulus’ “Who Runs the World?” Cool Blue Denim Choker has a lobster clasp closure and is decked out with a simple denim fray to subtly overstate your look!

H&M+ Boyfriend Jeans, $49.99, HM.com

Boyfriend Jeans
Boyfriend jeans are the trend of the season! These denim beauties not only provide comfort and coziness, but they are perfect for those almost-chilly fall days. Pair them with sweaters, tanks with a cardigan, or even a nice top and blazer and you are ready for anything!

H&M’s plus size boyfriend jeans are definitely on our must-have shopping lists. The subtle knee rips and folded hems give the cozy blue pants the ideal denim style for fall fashion.

BDG Destroyed Denim Pencil Mini Skirt, $69, urbanoutfitters.com

BDG Destroyed Denim Pencil Mini Skirt
If you’re feeling a bit bold and want to look drop-dead gorgeous this season, check out a denim pencil mini skirt. This denim outlook on a work classic bottom will take your wardrobe from zero to one hundred really quickly. Add some hot knee-high boots and a long necklace to complete your style.

Urban Outfitters’ BDG Destroyed Denim Pencil Mini Skirt is a super slim-fitting vintage skirt. The understated fray and front zipper give the skirt an edgy touch. Add the fact that it’s worn wash design will never go out of style and you have a piece that will go from fall to spring because it works with everything.

Shirt and Sweet Blue Chambray Shirt Dress, $54, lulus.com

Chambray Dress
Last but not least, add a chambray dress to your fall mix for something easy and cute.  The denim styled dress is a unique addition to any closet, and with a bulky knit scarf on top, it will be the perfect outfit for your fall photoshoot debut.

Lulus’ Shirt and Sweet Blue Chambray Shirt Dress is soft, lightweight, and sophisticated in a casual way. With hidden pockets, button cuff sleeves, and a soft blue woven fabric, this denim dress is the complete package.

If you are on the denim train this season, be sure to check out our must-have pieces and let us know which are your faves in the comment section!

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Must-Have Denim Pieces for Fall: Featured image courtesy of Urban Outfitters

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

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The circle skirt is this season’s most versatile and flattering wardrobe staple. Named for their shape, which is cut like a big doughnut, circle skirts keep the fullness of the skirt at the hem rather than at the waist. The skirt, tight around your waist, flares out around your thighs, creating an hourglass shape on any body type. Sometimes called a skater skirt, this piece is comfortable and easily adaptable for every occasion and style.

Your entire summer wardrobe could be built around one of these striking skirts–like the Light Up My Life Skirt from Modcloth. A gorgeous black skirt is a great investment because you can wear it not only in the warm seasons but also in the fall and winter too! Here are 5 ways to wear a circle skirt:

Edgy

Who says a skirt has to be feminine? Show off your inner rebel with a form-fitting crop top with a tantalizing metallic zipper closure. A bold color will help you stand out from the crowd.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(Clear Cut Crop Top in Navy, $8.80, Forever21.com)

Bohemian

A tiered crop top in soft hues makes the perfect canvas for your most dangly necklaces. A peek of skin between the skirt and the top gives just a hint of carefree sexiness.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(Tiered Crop Tank in Desert Flower, $12.90, Wetseal.com)

Chic

Channel the elegance of mid-century glamour with a pussy bow blouse tucked into your skirt. Soft colors like seafoam will evoke the essence of summer.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(Science of Chic Top, $42.99, Modcloth.com)

Formal

Need a last minute dress for a fancy event? Reinvent the little black dress! Pair a circle skirt with a figure-hugging top with sheer details to keep you cute and classy.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(¾ Sleeve Mesh Inset Crop Top, $11.99, Cicihot.com)

Casual

When you’re hanging out with your girls or watching your favorite heartthrob on the big screen, keep it casual and pair a circle skirt with a relaxed-fit top featuring a tie-front detail.

5 Ways to Wear a Circle Skirt

(Ivory Floral Smocked Tie Front Tank , $29.90, Delias.com)


 
Featured image courtesy Modcloth.com

White On White Trend

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Colorblocking has been popular for quite some time in the fashion world, involving the layering of complimentary colors. The color-on-color play is taking a step back though, allowing a new breath of fresh air to move through. The white-on-white trend has made its entrance like a beautiful white cloud on a clear Sunday morning. This bold look is making its own twist on colorblocking by using only the color white in different shades. It creates a neutral pairing between the pieces of apparel that provides an effortless and chic look.

Mix Textures

White doesn’t have to be bland and basic. This alabaster-focused colorblock can be experimented with even if it’s only one color. Textures are the main focus to the eye, letting you play mix-and-match with tons of look options. Mixing textures such as pleated, quilted, or faux leather can create a beautiful flow in any outfit you create. A sheer top with faux leather pants or a lace dress paired with a blazer over it are just some of the many creations that you can achieve.

Neutral Love

The color has become a staple piece and basic edition to anyone’s wardrobe. It’s neutral theme pairs well with any colored accessories and shoes that can add a detailed touch. This is a definite must-have this spring that will be easy to pair together. No more standing in front of your closet with your mind whirling on what to decide to wear; just grab a pair of white pants and a white top and you’re set to make a fashion statement effortlessly!

Go High-Waisted

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(Alice and Olivia High Waist Double Pleat Pants $297, Aliceandolivia.com)

Check out this Alice and Olivia look including their statement high-waisted pants that are another spring trend. The ensemble pairs well together to achieve the perfect combination of white and textures with the pleated pant and off-white simple top. This is a sophisticated outfit that looks as if it just stepped off the runway. The different parts, textures, and designs of the outfit all combine into an iconic look that you can rock all day. The hue is diverse in both the many shades it comes in, beautifully complimenting anyone that dresses head-to-toe in the look.

 

Crops and Skirts

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(Shakuhachi Python Wrap Skirt $198, Nastygal.com)

Another white on white trend inspired look by Nasty Gal is shown in a darker, smoldering white shade. What helps make it stand out is the detailed texture of the faux snakeskin on both the matching top and skirt. The added zipper details on the skirt add that extra punch in making the outfit seem much more edgy. This is a bold take on the white on white trend that we here at Cliché couldn’t help falling in love with.