Style Me Grasie

Business Casual On A Budget

Sam writes:

First of all, I LOVE this site. I just leave the tab open all the time and keep refreshing it. I saw you did an article about low-budget ways to mix outfits for vacation, and I was wondering if you could do the same or something similar for business casual. I got a new (unpaid) internship and I have to wear business casual, but I only have my two token interview outfits in my closet. I need to get more (obviously), but I am also a starving student and don’t have tons of money to spend. Any tips??

Hi Sam! Congrats on the internship. Yes! I can definitely help you with the biz casual situation. Like the vacation post I did, you are going to want to choose pieces that all go well with each other. Keep in mind that if you add a blazer or cardigan to pretty much any look, you will step it up and make it business casual friendly. Throw on a statement necklace and voila! Not only will you be work appropriate, but a fashionista hottie too! Some key pieces to look out for are a blazer in black or navy, a cardigan in grey or brights like coral, lime green or teal, dark denim jeans and/or black trousers, neutral flats or sandals, a classic white button-down and statement jewelry, preferably necklaces. Here are some I found at affordable prices, all these pieces mix and match with each other wonderfully. Happy Shopping!

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  • Carissa Lau

    loved this article…i was just shopping for a pair of neutral wedged sandals, and lo and behold, you have a pair! those are perfect, thank you 😀

    • Grasie Mercedes

      nice! glad to hear it.

  • Kristin Johnson

    Oooh, thank you! I need to replace some old sweaters and I’m totally going to browse Forever21 now.

  • Juliana Moreira

    great article, wish we had this brands in Brazil… it´s hard to shop clothes at affordable prices! Thank´s for sharing =D

  • Valerie De La Rosa

    Red skinny jeans are the bee’s knees. Grasie, I dig your POV.

    • Grasie Mercedes

      thank you valerie! xo

  • Ally Monge

    I love your installments! And I luuurve those statement necklaces. Also: wish I could live in blazers.

    • Grasie Mercedes

      thank you ally! i’m with you on the blazers. i have 5 blazers i alternate between and i love each and every one of them! :)

  • Sam Slama

    yay, this was me! thanks so much for the help!! i love knowing that you read what people send in :)

    • Grasie Mercedes

      yay sam! glad you found it helpful. yes, i do read all the questions submitted and try to answering them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  • Abby Cooper

    So, any tips for a plus sized gal with the heart of a skinny girl?!

    • Ashley Lynn Cook

      I’m with Abby on this one! I’m a plus size who LOVES this fashion, but knows I can’t quite pull it off. :-S

    • Grasie Mercedes

      hi abby! with the exception of the super skinny dark denim jeans from Urban, there is nothing above you can’t rock as a plus-size lady! you can find a dark denim jean similar to the Urban ones at Asos Curve or the Gap in your size. I think the most important thing any fuller figured woman should remember is to TRY IT ON!!! silence the voices in your head that say “oh, I can’t wear THAT (because of my size)” I say screw it and give it a go. You may be pleasantly surprised on what works for your body type…my plus size clients always are :)

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