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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Summer’s Hottest Looks

Fashion Week Australia, 2016

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With over fifty presentations at this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, there were a huge array of different looks seen. Nevertheless, there were some styles from certain designers that really stood out, guaranteeing that they will soon be this summer’s hottest looks.

Simple Silhouettes
Australian fashion designer Dion Lee had a strong focus on simple silhouettes, and this is a trend that we can expect to see much more of this summer. Inspired by the beauty of glass, Lee’s creations may have boasted simpler silhouettes, but they were still incredibly stunning with their use of beading, fringing and crystals, as well as the way in which the designer manipulated fabrics to create unusual textures.

Ethnic Patterns and Vibrant Colors
One of the brands that really stood out at Fashion Week Australia was Camilla, whose resort collection was packed with vibrant colors and ethnic patterns, in a way that truly epitomizes summer. With light silhouettes, such as printed kaftans, the colors and fabrics are reminiscent of those that you would find in a Moroccan soukĀ and have been put together with a flair that manages to combine upscale with bohemian.

Wide-Legged and Relaxed
Relaxed silhouettes were once again seen at Akira Isogawa, whose gender-neutral collection at Fashion Week Australia was well-received. Featuring ultra lightweight fabrics, such as organza, and wide-legged, billowing pants, these pieces can be both dressed up as well as dressed down, something that is always useful during the summer months.

Sleek and Sexy
The Misha Collection runway this year was filled with sleek and sexy summer looks, with many pieces incorporating a timeless quality that would work for multiple summers to come. With each piece being created from some of the finest fabrics that the world has to offer, a Misha Collection purchase this summer could truly be an investment for your wardrobe.

Edgy Attitude
With a collection titled Not for the Faint Hearted, Holystone’s pieces each had a true sense of attitude. Pairing leather and vinyl swimsuits with jackets, pants and boots, the collection was unexpected, as it lacked a few of the softer touches featured in Holystone’s previous collections, but each of the pieces can easily add a sense of attitude to just about any summer outfit.

Luxurious Fabrics
One of the trends that were seen on multiple runways was the use of decadent and luxurious fabrics, and this was especially true in the case of By Johnny. While previous collections may have boasted a youthful aesthetic, this one was much more sophisticated, making use luxurious fabrics that have been manipulated in beautiful ways. Rather than focussing on prints and colors, the brand chose to bring attention to their garments’ impeccable construction, highlighted by the decadent fabrics that they have been created in.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia showcases the work of some of Australia’s most talented designers. From leather swimsuits to floaty patterned kaftans, the looks may be varied but they can easily each be adapted to your own sense of style, giving you a perfect look for the summer.