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#OOTD Business Casual (Emphasis on the Casual)

#OOTD for August 14, 2014

As the summer draws to a close (say it ain’t so!) and our legislative session has long since ended, things around my government office have become a bit more casual. Still, I like to look polished and put together, despite this new relaxed dress code. I really love the outfit I wore today.

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I started with this super cute linen top from Old Navy. I really love this piece because it is so lightweight, but the collar really makes it look put together. And the tie at the bottom adds a bit of visual interest.

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I love the vibrant color of my coral cardigan, also from Old Navy. And it came in handy today; I think Boston may have trumped Chicago as the Windy City this morning!

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On bottom I wore these ankle cut trousers that I recently purchased (on sale!) from Nautica. I really like them! I mean, they’re navy, why wouldn’t I? But I would advise getting a size down, as they do stretch and don’t have belt loops. I’m thinking of having them taken in at the waist.

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For shoes I wore these comfy tan and silver flats from Burlington Coat Factory. And yes, I did wear these ugly socks with them. Sue me. All you’ll be left with is your pretention and I’ll have dry, blister-free feet. So who’s the real winner here?

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Because one always needs to be punctual in the professional world, I wore my Anne Klein watch along with this simple Alex and Ani compass bracelet.

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On my nails, I wore Essie’s ‘Muchi, Muchi.’ I recently had a tumblr follower ask me about what sort of nail color to wear in a professional setting and I recommended neutrals, but I can definitely see how this pastel pink can look cute but still professional.

I finished off the look with some pearl studs and I was ready to go!

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I hope you guys liked this look. Thanks so much for reading!

What’s your business casual essential? What does your work dress code look like? What did you think of my look? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂