How to Build a Work Wardrobe - Business Casual Essentials

I have gotten a couple of requests to share my thoughts on essential career/corporate/business casual pieces or how to build a work wardrobe. I know, coming straight out of college & maybe not having a mentor who knows the essentials can be daunting... but that's why I'm here :)

Today I'm sharing key pieces to buy to start building your work/corporate/business casual wardrobe as well as tips & things to keep in mind while shopping. Also, I'm going to get a little TMI and talk about the undergarments including a shaping thong that helps keep blouses tucked in. And yes.... I explain how to keep your blouse tucked into your skirt in GRAPHIC detail (well not too graphic). I hope I was able to help someone out in this girl talk video!

First off, let's talk makeup. I really liked the makeup I wore while filming... the bright eye, flirty lashes & subtle lip made me feel like warmer weather is just around the corner. I surely hope warm weather is here to stay in Dallas. I used to think I liked cold weather but, let's be honest, I don't at all. I'm ready for some heat!!!!

The Makeup
Blush: MAC Dollymix
Contour & Highlight: Anastasia Contour Kit

Building Your Work Wardrobe & Essential Business Casual Pieces
One of the keys to building your work wardrobe is to buy essential pieces that are the foundation of your outfits. This way, you can easily mix and match these pieces. Then as you continue to buy pieces for your closet, you can add those to the foundation pieces. Below are the items I mentioned in my video:

Heels: Ann Taylor Perfect Pump (similar here & here)
Flats: Halogen Gaia Flat (similar)
Skirt: LOFT Scuba Skirt
Pants: LOFT Pants (similar here & here)
Blouse: H&M (similar)
Shell: Target (similar here & here)
Cardigan: LOFT (similar here & here)
Suit Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar here & here)
Dress: Stitch Appeal - Kahill Dress (use code STEPHIENESE to get 20% off all items)
Opaque Tights: Target
Pantyhose: Nordstrom
Camisole: Nordstrom
Half Slip: Target
Full Slip: Free People
Shaping Thong: Yummie
Scarf: Moon Cats (use code STEPHIENESE30OFF to get 30% off all items)
Statement Necklace: HRH Collection Super Classic Gauge

Next I wanted to give y'all ideas on mixing & matching, These are your essential outfits. Very bare bones & minimal so accessorizing is always a good idea. Personally, my jewelry is normally minimal. I personally like to throw on a lipstick and call it a day. I keep my outfits pretty classic & either throw in a printed top, a detailed skirt, cute footwear or metal link jewelry. For more outfit inspiration, check out my other workwear posts.

 Blouse + Skirt + Heels

Blouse + Pants + Heels

 Blouse + Pants + Flats

Cardigan + Shell + Pants + Flats

Cardigan + Shell + Pants + Flats + Scarf

Cardigan + Shell + Skirt + Heels + Scarf

 Cardigan + Shell + Skirt + Heels

Sheath Dress + Heels
This dress is from Stitch Appeal & is their Kahill dress. I seriously can't get over how well this dress fits me! I love that the darts hit me perfectly at my natural waist. Designs like this can be hit or miss with a dress off the rack depending on your torso length. Also, the sleeves fit beautifully, not tight like most other dresses with sleeves (which is why I normally avoid them). The material is high quality, thick yet flexible & soft. Last but not least is that the lining is completely attached and is just as soft as the dress! I don't have any other dresses like this which I am SUPER impressed by. I know their clothing is on the high end price range but I truly love the quality of the dress. For a custom fit, I think the price is reasonable considering it would be similar in price if you bought a dress of comparable quality, then got it tailored. 

If you are interested in this dress, don't forget to use code STEPHIENESE to get 20% off. I don't get any commission or anything like that, Stitch Appeal was kind enough to provide this code..... which I may just use myself lol

Shipping is free on orders over $75 and all returns are free of charge. Also, they have a generous refund policy. If you're unsatisfied with the clothing, you can return it within 10 business days to receive a full refund. Or if it's small alterations that need to be done, they will either credit you the cost of alterations to be done locally or send you another piece with the alterations completed. For more FAQs, check out their website.


I hope this video was helpful! Juicy & I hope y'all have a great week!

1 comment

  1. Hi Stephie, thank you for sharing this Video and your pics to show us how the outfits look while wearing. Great ideas to get me started. Keep up the great work! xoxoxox