Fall Winter work attire

Bringing femininity to masculine work pieces

business casual outfit Neck Tie Blouse

First of all, thank you for the feedback on the initial business casual post I did last week! Like I mentioned there, I’m beyond excited to start bringing business casual inspiration to y’all. I have lots of exciting things lined up (but promise this won’t turn into a business blog), so stay tuned!

Since I know everyone can’t or doesn’t want to wear a skirt + heels to work everyday (especially when the weather sucks and/or you have to walk a lot), I wanted to switch things up with a more masculine look. OK, and don’t be scared of the word masculine! Even girly girls like myself can benefit from borrowing from the guys, and it’s a chic way to add variety to your style.

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If you think about it, this entire look is based on pieces that are classically masculine, but I added feminine touches to feel more like myself. Instead of a bow tie, I’m wearing this cute tie-neck that not only dresses up the plain white blouse, but adds a feminine touch, too. This tie reminds me of the ribbons I used to wear in my hair as a little girl – and a long, loose bow is the perfect way to style it. I chose cropped black pants to show off these shoes (p.s. how adorable are they?!). I’m not the biggest fan of loafers, but the sleekness of this pair plus the big bow and I was in love. Also, they are such a nice break from heels when you need one. In terms of flats, I used to only wear boots or ballet slippers, but adding loafers to my closet has given me wayyy more to work with.

Accessory wise, I chose black aviators and a chunky gold watch. You will notice, however, that my nails and hair are done. It might sound weird, but I think it’s ABSOLUTELY necessary to play up your female features when wearing masculine-inspired outfits. My hair in a ponytail or bun would have made this look too over-the-top masculine for me. You still want to feel pretty when wearing this style, and to me, hair and nails are essential to feeling confident and pulled together.

Do y’all like this look? It’s definitely outside the box for me, so I’m eager to hear what you think! I hope it serves as inspiration for all my business women or anyone wanting to add feminine touches to a masculine-heavy outfit.

Shop The Post:

Bobeau Long Sleeve Bow Top  (50% OFF under $30!)// Banana Republic Sloan Ankle Pant // Pour La Victoire ‘Tegan’ Loafer // Ray-Ban Original Aviator in Black  // Michael Kors ‘Large Runway’ Watch

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11 Comments

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    Melissa Klusek
    August 31, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Love this! Thank you for sharing the business casual posts!

  • Reply
    Liv
    August 31, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Love the menswear inspired look.

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

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    StylemeLauren
    August 31, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Love that little necktie! Perfect way to feminize a masculine inspired look which is trending for fall! XO

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

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    Natali
    August 31, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Masculine and minimalistic perfection! This outfit is flawless and I’m drooling over your shoes!

    http://lartoffashion.com

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    Lindsey
    August 31, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Love it!! Thanks so much for the work inspiration, looking forward to seeing all you come up with!

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    Amy Michelle
    August 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    This look is so cute! Perfect for work!

    xoxo,
    Amy

    http://www.styleandsequins.com

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    Shauna Cline
    September 1, 2016 at 9:37 am

    What size did you get in the shirt? XS or S?

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    Davida Janae
    September 1, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Super cute Brighton. I think I have shoes just like that in maroon!!!

    http://www.vidafashionista.com

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    Kristin Kruse
    September 1, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Love this! Just ordered the top since I already own the pants :) I have yet to see someone pull off loafers that have swayed me to the trend but I think you might have just done it! Super, super cute! Keep these business look posts coming–I’m in an office where I’m literally the ONLY female so pants/flats are kind of my go-to!

    xox,
    Kristin
    http://www.amidwesternmix.com

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    Britney
    September 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Super cute outfit! I like the business wear posts! I have a hard time finding work outfit inspiration otherwise. Thanks for sharing, Brighton!

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    Florentina Scusi
    September 2, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Great ensemble!! Love it!

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