Everything You Need To Master The Most Confusing Dress Code

The business-casual dress code is one of the most difficult to define, and that might have something to do with the fact that it's a complete oxymoron — seriously, how can one be "business" and "casual," at the same time? Plus, it depends on where you work or where you're going. For some, the look may veer more toward the uber-professional. For others, a more laid-back, less dressed up aesthetic is the norm. Either way, you've likely found yourself in front of your closet at one point or another with a giant question mark hovering over your head.
To navigate the business casual world, we've decided our definition includes looking polished, while still leaving a little wiggle room for fun via subtle ruffles, prints, and unexpected cuts. As long as your outfit adheres to your office dress code, there's no reason to not get creative. That's why we're supplying you with the essentials that will get your workwear wardrobe on track. With a collection like this, that question mark is about to disappear.
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A wrap dress will never let you down.

Diane von Furstenberg Long Sleeve Asymmetric Hem Dress, $528, available at DVF.
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Shorts probably won't fly at the office, but structured culottes sure will.
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A badass blazer is a must.

Rachel Comey Rupture Blazer, $529, available at Rachel Comey.
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Robert Clergerie Fadio, $575 $234.99, available at Need Supply.
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Gotta love a turtleneck dress.

Zara Ribbed Dress with Flared Cuffs, $39.90, available at Zara.
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Just because you're going business-casual doesn't mean you can't make a statement. Try a refined single earring for something subtle but sleek.

Amarilo Numbering Earring, $221, available at W Concept.
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You can't go wrong with a slim-leg trouser, especially in an unexpected color.

Warehouse Slim Leg Trousers, $69, available at Warehouse.
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Mules: The secret to wearing heels without the pain.

Topshop Nancy Fringe Mules, $85, available at Topshop.
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Who says jumpsuits are only for the weekends? This silky option still checks all the work-appropriate boxes.

Staud Eloise Jumpsuit, $250, available at Staud.
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A chic trench is a must for the transitional season.

Front Row Shop Beige Wide Sleeve Pocket Trench Coat, $79.00 $47.40, available at Front Row Shop.
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For those with a more classic office dress code, try a less buttoned-up take on the pencil skirt.

Finery London Deloraine Tie Split Front Jersey Skirt, $59 $45, available at Finery London.
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Give your slacks a casual twist with a more oversized fit and waist-tie detail.

COS Tie Detail Straight-leg Trousers, $125.00, available at COS.
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Ballet flats are back, and this printed pair with an ankle-wrap ribbon has you thinking twice about those worn-in ones you've had forever.

J.Crew Gemma Suede Flats, $98, available at J.Crew.
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This jumpsuit is perfect for layering over sweaters and blouses.

Wilfred Ecoulement Jumpsuit, $178.00, available at Aritzia.
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Never underestimate the power of a simple (yet sturdy) black tote.

Less Bore Libe Tote, $420, available at Nyerie.
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Show a little shoulder if you can.

Lou & Grey Striped Off-Shoulder Tank, $59.50 $34.99, available at Lou & Grey.
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A midi-ring can add some subtle sparkle to your more reserved looks.

Amarilo Faye Ring, $114, available at Local Eclectic.
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Add some interest to your typical button-up with some statement sleeves.

Monse Buttoned Sleeve Striped Shirt, $1,606 $1,124, available at Farfetch.
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An LBD that can take you from work to happy hour. Need we say more?

Curriculum The Poplin Doll Dress, $165 $125, available at Curriculum.
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Slip-on loafers are the mullet of the business-casual world: business in the front, party in the back.

Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Grained-leather Backless Loafers, $425, available at MatchesFashion.
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