Dress Code: Summer Casual

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I haven't been feeling very creative about my wardrobe; hence the lack of outfit posts. My new workplace is very casual, and that's been my M.O. most days. Here's a peek at my summer look at work: strappy summer dress (often paired with a scarf or gauzy sweater for protection from air-conditioned chill), flat sandals or open-toed shoes and hair worn in a simple style.

What I wore on Monday: Theory dress, Kelsi Dagger open-toed shoes

The lack of dress code at work has been liberating, but a bit of an adjustment. Jeans shorts one day- a cocktail dress the next, depending on after work plans. You don't want to try too hard when everyone else is summer casual. At the same time, you want to look professional for client and after work meetings.

Any suggestions for a casual, creative work environment? What's your dress code at work?

34 comments:

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

so cuuute on you~adore the color as well!

nicole said...

Hey D! Love the Theory dress on you, it's perfect for the summer. You're lucky that you can get away with denim shorts at work, I'd give anything to wear shorts at work. I have so many to wear and yet from Mon-Fri they get neglected because they're not "work appropriate". Oh well, as long as someone has a more lax dress code, I can live with that haha. Hope you had a great weekend! xo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Love that dress too! I'd still dress up - for some reason I can't bring myself to be uber casual at work.

Emilie said...

So cute!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Cute dress! I love the ruffles.

My work is casual- sometimes i dress up a bit and do biz casaul.

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

love that dress on you. so cute! urban outfitters has a ton of backpacks in both the men's and women's section at some really affordable prices. i was shocked to see so many.

amandalee said...

I love this dress on you. Great shoes, too - are they comfy?

ambika said...

This looks summery, pretty & comfy--a difficult trifecta to pull off.

WendyB said...

Love the pigtails! Hope Saturday was fun.

lisa said...

You look so cute and summery! My company has a pretty casual dress code too, so most days I wear an outfit that involves leggings (under a tunic or a dress), skirts or day dresses, denim in some shape or form, and flat shoes.

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carly said...

totally adorable!
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Sheena said...

I think that outfit is adorable! Love that Theory dress! My office environment is the same exact way and I'm pretty relaxed--t's and jeans for the most part, but not very creative. Sometimes I think I should put more effort into dressing up, but I never follow through.

Ebony said...

I had the same problem with my job this summer. The dress code was super casual (some people wore Berkenstocks and gym shorts) while others were "I just biked into work" chic. A fun print on a pencil skirt and sandals became my dresscode.

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Wrecked Stellar said...

Hey D! You look uber cute! My work's dress code is business casual- and I feel like depending on the dept. you work in, the attire changes- male Account people are in button downs and slacks everyday whereas our studio designers are in t-shirts and cargo shorts. I'm in anything from a dress if I feel like dressing up to a sweatshirt, jeans, flip flops and no makeup. I think a great balance that I've done in the past is to wear a super soft hooded sweatshirt, black mini skirt, bold necklace, and Tory Burch flats. I feel comfy but still pulled together :) xo, mel

Shop N' Chomp said...

Love the cute outfit =) When I'm feeling really casual, I like wearing tunics.

Couture Carrie said...

Lovely, darling!

xoxox,
CC

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love your dress...you look wonderful!

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Tene said...

The consensus seems to be that your dress is very nice on you!
At my current workplace, even on Friday, many men are wearing suit and tie, and women dresses/suits--so I have not dared wear even nice jeans, and rued wearing flowery skirts or cotton slacks on Fridays. Most of the time I wear mix-and-match jackets and skirts with a sleeveless top.

The Original Swedish Blonde! said...

I love casual wear. Your dress is super cute. :)
Sorry can't answer your questions, I'm not working...just a student. :)

Vicki said...

looking fabulous my dear :) love this dress! x

Livie said...

that looks great - the straps are probably a bit too casual for my work but we're not too formal unless there's aclient facing meeting.

♥mily said...

that dress is darling!

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Jennifer Fabulous said...

Fabulous dress! Very cute and fun and work-appropriate. You look fantastic! xo

Jillian said...

oh i love this on you! :)

Daiane said...

what a cute dress!

well, i am not working at the moment, just enjoying the summer vacation. yes! but i will say that dresses like the one you have on are perfect for a workplace with a casual dress code.

also, dresses are perfect for summer... in general. i prefer my dresses large or with a retro vibe so the wind can help me cool down faster if i have to walk too much in the sun.

xx

Syed (dapper kid) said...

What a cute dress!

Susan said...

I love this look!
have a lovely day, xoxo

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KIRAFASHION said...

This is a very cute dress, I love the layers!

Annie Spandex said...

That dress is soo beautiful! You look lovely :)

alexkeller said...

i used to work at a bank, so i had to be more professional looking, but i think your dress is a perfect example of what you need. with a strappy summer dress, you can throw on some accessories - necklaces, bracelets - keep a pair of heels in your desk (i used to store shoes in my filing cabinet) & your little shawl/cardi, and small clutch and you're set for a night out. need to more professional? keep a blazer in the office hall closet

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jasmine said...

that dress is THE perfect summer dress. i want one!! :)

i'd say take your new work environment as an opportunity to express creativity in your wardrobe. and don't feel bad if your outfits are a bit dressier or more interesting than what your colleagues are wearing. the tricky thing is keeping yourself from falling into a wardrobe rut because of the freedom that casual dress brings. i work from home, so i have to try really hard to keep myself from wearing pajamas every day. it would be so easy and comfortable, but i know it would affect my creativity, inspiration, and self-esteem.

geez, who knew clothes were so important?!??

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