Incorporating Capris Into Your Business Casual Wardrobe

Woman posing in business casual outfit

While many people may initially think that capris are just too casual to wear to work, even if the attire calls for business casual, this really all depends on how you style them, as well as the style of your capris themselves. For those who want to incorporate capris into their business casual wardrobe, here are a few tips to help you to put together some chic but professional looks.

Choose the Length Wisely
The length of your capris will have a huge impact on your overall look, which is why you need to ensure that you choose their length wisely. They should fall to just below the muscular part of your calf, preferably between your calf and your ankle. The reason for this is because this is the narrowest part of your leg, meaning that this is the area that you should be emphasizing. However, keep in mind that everybody is different, and it is always worth visiting a tailor to have your capris altered to a length that flatters your shape the best. You should always opt for a tapered or straight legged capri pant, rather than wide legs, as you want to create a long and sleek look.

Stay Away From Details
As mentioned above, the look that you are going for is long, sleek and professional, which is why you should stay away from any added design details. Whether this may be accentuated side pockets or large cuffs, opt for capris that are minimal and elegant.

Woman in capris talking to her colleague at work

Colors and Patterns
When it comes to choosing colors and patterns for your capris, sticking to neutral colors is always going to be best for the workplace. You should also try to go for a solid color rather than a pattern or print, as prints can be much harder to style, and it can be difficult finding patterns that are appropriate for the workplace.

Choosing a Top
While long tops, and even short dresses or flowy tunics, can look incredibly stylish with a pair of capris, this will only work if you are quite tall. For everyone else, try to opt for tops that fall just to the top of your capris, as this will create the impression of a longer leg. Alternatively, you can also wear a longer top but tuck this in, as this will ensure that your figure is not drowned out.

Woman in capri pants and heels

Footwear
Many people tend to wear platform heels with capris, and while this can sometimes look great, it can also often end up looking clunky. Sandals or ankle-strap flats are a better option, while a kitten heel will really help to accentuate your exposed calf. If you want to create the illusion of longer legs, opt for shoes that are a nude color, or, if not, go for footwear that is the same color as your capris.

Dressy capris are wonderfully suited to the workplace, as long as you know how to style them. From wearing the right heels to choosing the most flattering top, these tips should give you plenty of ideas when it comes to styling your capris.

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Let Leggings Transition You From Summer to Fall

Woman in fall fashion and leggings

Transitioning your favorite summer outfits into the cooler days of fall can often be quite difficult, but, as long as you have a couple of pairs of leggings, you should not have a problem. Leggings are extremely versatile, and are ideal for providing you with that extra bit of coverage and warmth, without detracting too much from the essence of your summery look.

Summer Slip Dress
Summer slip dresses can be slightly tricky to style for fall, but leggings make this so much easier. Simply wear a button-down shirt underneath your dress, and then a pair of leggings underneath. Pair this with some heeled ankle boots, as well as a pair of sunglasses to finish off the look.

Denim Jacket
Denim jackets are perfect for the cooler fall months, and, whether you opt for a longer or a cropped style, they work so well with leggings. Depending on how heavy your jacket is, you could wear just a tank top underneath, or a short sleeved summer t-shirt. If the day turns particularly warm, simply tie your denim jacket around your waist for a laid back, casual look.

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Sweatshirts and Cardigans
If you have some summer tops that you usually wear with shorts, try pairing them with some leggings instead. Then, all you need to do is add a sweatshirt or a cardigan, and you are good to go. If you have opted for a summer crop top, try finding a cropped sweatshirt to wear with this, as this should give you enough coverage to ensure that you do not feel cold with your bare stomach.

Tailored Blazer
A black tailored blazer paired with some black leggings is beautifully chic, and works well with just a plain white t-shirt underneath. This look can be worn with some sneakers for the daytime, or with some heels for the evening, making it a fantastic transitional outfit if you need to quickly and easily go from day to night. Do not forget to bring along a spare bag too, as a large black leather bucket bag would be great for the day, whereas a smaller, colorful, clutch bag would add an extra stylish touch to an evening outfit.

Cropped Leggings
While full-length leggings tend to be most popular, cropped leggings are a great alternative, especially for fall. These allow you to reap all of the benefits of leggings, but still show a little bit of skin, which is always great before you need to cover up for the cold winter months.

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Oversized Scarf
An oversized scarf can really give you a surprising amount of warmth, meaning that you can still wear your flowy summer tops well into fall. Simply pair this with an oversized scarf and some sunglasses, and you will have an outfit that is perfect for a sunny fall day.

One of the main advantages to leggings is that they are so incredibly versatile, and can be styled in ways that allow you to wear them just about anywhere. Whether you pair them with your favorite summer dress, or with a t-shirt and a sweatshirt, these outfits are perfect for transitioning you to the next season.

Different Ways to Wear the Off-Shoulder Look

Smiling woman with off-shoulder top in a cafe

A shoulder-baring top is a feminine style that never gets old, and is back in full force for this summer. For those of you who need some inspiration for new ways to style an off-shoulder look, here are some ideas to consider.

Wear it to Work
While an off-shoulder top is not usually something that would be deemed appropriate for the office, there are ways in which you can style it to make it completely work-friendly. A buttoned-down off-shoulder top still gives off that professional edge, especially when paired with tailored black trousers and heels. Throw a blazer over the top if you need some extra coverage, but keep your accessories to a minimum.

Play with Proportions
Voluminous off-shoulder tops are always fun to wear, as they create such interesting silhouettes. However, in order to ensure that your figure does not get drowned out, you need to ensure that you pair a voluminous top with fitted bottoms, as this will also really enhance your bare shoulders.

Woman with hat and shades in flowery off-shoulder top

The Bohemian Look
Off-shoulder tops lend themselves perfectly to a bohemian vibe, and this can be really played up depending on what you style your top with. If you have an off-shoulder crop top, try wearing this with some high-waisted shorts, as well as a floppy hat and a choker. Keep your hair loose and wavy, completing the look with a pair of retro sunglasses.

Chilly Days
The off-shoulder style is not something that you need to only save for warm weather days, as it works well when it is layered with other clothing too. If you are experiencing quite a chilly summer’s day, try wearing an off-shoulder top with some high-waisted jeans and boots, throwing a cardigan or light jacket over the top.

Transform a Regular Tee
If you would like to try out the off-shoulder look without having to make a significant investment in your wardrobe, there are ways in which you can transform a regular t-shirt into a stylish off-shoulder top. Simply tie it at the hem on one side, so that the other side ends up gently falling off your shoulder. This can be paired with a high-waisted skirt or just a pair of jeans, for a casual, carefree look.

Tuck It In
When off-shoulder tops are tucked in, this creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette. Whether you tuck it into a skirt, shorts or jeans, this really modernizes just about any off-shoulder top, while giving your outfit a smarter appeal.

Woman posing in off-shoulder white crop top and jeans

Don’t Forget About Accessories
With your shoulders being left bare, do not forget to add in a few accessories, as off-shoulder garments are perfect for this. Whether you opt for long, shoulder-grazing earrings, or multiple necklaces, this is a great opportunity to showcase your favorite items of jewelry.

Off-shoulder styles are so on trend for this season, and are actually extremely versatile. Whether you wear it to work or save it for casual weekends, try experimenting with the off-shoulder clothes that you already own, as you are likely to be able to create multiple new looks from this.