Business casual, the dress code for many jobs, is easy to make modest because it hinges on the idea of being formal and not showing much skin. Modest business casual isn’t tricky if you have a few staple pieces in your closet, and can be changed up so it doesn’t seem like you’re wearing the same thing every single day.
Modest business casual doesn’t only include dress pants or blazers, there’s many other pieces of clothing you can wear to maintain that modest yet professional look. So have a look at some of these staple pieces that will help you create a versatile modest business casual wardrobe.
The blazer is an iconic part of business casual wear, and because it’s a natural modest piece of clothing, it’s easy to add to your modest wardrobe. Depending on your work environment, pick solid, neutral colours that aren’t too loud or colourful. Black, white, grey, and nude are great staples that can be dressed up or down even outside of the work environment. You could also experiment with pastel colours, like light yellow or turquoise in the spring months, again depending on your work environment.
Blazers are a great way to add structure to your outfit and instantly make you look sharper and more put together. For more ideas on different blazers, check out this post.
Dress pants are another staple part of the modest business casual wardrobe. What’s great about dress pants is that they’re usually more loose and already modest. If you want to move away from the standard black, go with dark grey or navy to break up the standard business casual wear. If your work place permits it, you could also wear nice khaki pants as an alternative to dress pants.
If you’re sick of wearing pants or if you prefer skirts, maxi skirts are another staple piece you could add to your modest business casual wardrobe to add some variety. Maxi skirts are another modest piece of clothing that, when dressed up, looks dressy and classy. Stay away from patterns and instead stick to solid colours, like black, navy, grey, green, etc., in flowy fabrics. Pair with a formal blouse and a nice belt, and you’ve got a look that is both modest and perfect for the office.
Cardigans and Blouses
If you’re sick of blazers, you can also go with cardigans and nice blouses. Cardigans are a great alternative to blazers, because they can also be dressed up with a belt or a plain blouse underneath. They’re nice for the days when you’re tired of wearing blazers but still want to stay formal.
Sleeveless blouses are fine to wear under cardigans or blazers when you know you won’t be taking it off at some point of the day, but it’s good to have a few long-sleeved blouses in your modest business casual wardrobe as well for the days when it’s hot and you want to stick with one layer and not several. Go for nice fabrics with a collar and cuffed sleeves.
If you’re a hijabi, there’s nothing wrong with wearing printed hijabs, but just try to avoid loud colours or crazy patterns. If your outfit is all solid colours, adding a patterned scarf is a nice way to dress it up and some personality. Avoid super trendy styles and keep your hijab neat and tidy.
And there you have it! Modest business casual doesn’t have to be too difficult; if you have a few staples in your closet, it’s easy to change up your style from season to season.
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