When I wrote about a Business Casual capsule wardrobe, I always intended to keep referring back to it, to create some outfits using the “key” or “foundation” pieces which are these neutral, classic pieces you see below, as well as some more casual and/ or interesting or statement pieces:
Fast forward to now, and I have just written about the Top 15 printed or patterned workwear pieces, which are:
So…I’ve created an outfit, where I chose 1 key or foundation piece, and added at least 2 printed pieces. Just 1 printed piece would be too easy: its more of a challenge to use 2 or more printed pieces to create an outfit that’s interesting but still conservative enough to be office friendly.
By mixing a little bit from the first image, and a little bit from the second image, and a “new” bag, I created this black, white and burgundy outfit. You need to choose either the little black dress or white shell top and black cigarette trousers (or jeans, if your workplace is casual), then add black and white printed pieces, a necklace and a burgundy bag:
This is a colour combination I enjoy wearing quite often, and I find the burgundy is less conspicuous than red. However, the burgundy needs to be a rich, oxblood or plum coloured burgundy, not one that’s heading towards brown. To the outfit details!
The individual pieces in this outfit board are:
1) KEY PIECE – BODEN | Ottoman Shift in black | 100% cotton. Machine washable | £79
I have just seen that J5Y8 will get you 20% off, today, with free delivery, too.
2) KEY PIECE – PURE COLLECTION | Silk satin T-shirt in ivory | 100% Silk Satin | £79
The business casual capsule wardrobe post actually featured the J Crew Minnie trousers, but they are cotton, so I’ve used the Paley in wool in this post as its getting cold, Reader. I wish it wasn’t so. By the way, the Paley trousers are the ones in my recent “What Would Elizabeth Taylor Wear To Work” post. A more budget friendly option is the Boden Bistro trousers in wool (£89 down to £71.20 today).
CASUAL KEY PIECE ALTERNATIVE
If jeans are more appropriate for your workplace, or you want to try this outfit out on dress down Friday, you could swap the cigarette trousers out for these ZARA | Slim fit jeans | 90% cotton, 8% elastomultiester, 2% elastane | £35.99. I have lots of Zara jeans and love them.
4) ZARA | Big jewel necklace | 65% zinc, 30% acrylic, 5% steel | £19.99
5) ZARA | Short zipped jacket | 43% cotton, 33% wool, 16% acrylic, 8% polyamide | £89.99
These Chanel-esque jackets are some of Zara’s best offerings. Just terrific, and its hard to think what they don’t work well with.
6) RUSSELL & BROMLEY | Ivy tote in Wine textured leather | Height: 23cm, Width: 34cm, Depth: 18cm. Handle drop: 15cm | £275
Oh you lovely, lovely bag.
7) LK BENNETT | Amanda pointed ankle boot in black and white | Kid leather upper, leather lining and sole | Heel height: 9cm | £250
Despite the rather spendy price tag, these boots are selling out fast. If you check the LK Bennett website, it will now tell you exactly how many shoes are available in each size.
Thank you for reading, Reader, and I will be back with another print mix outfit post, soon, as I enjoyed creating this one so much.