Sharing a quick post today with a plus size work outfit I wore last week while visiting Pikeville for Leadership Kentucky. The dress code for this day was business, so I had to dig through the closet for something that would work. In a past life, I had to wear suits 5 days a week. My blazer collection has decreased significantly since then!
I know many people interpret dress codes differently. In my mind, “business” means either a nice top and skirt/pants, or dress, plus a blazer. Business casual would be business attire, without the jacket.
This is what I came up with. It's a blazer and top from Lane Bryant, with pants from ELOQUII. The shoes are my favorite flats, the Vivien flat. I have them in black and champagne, and they come in wide widths.
The pants are the Kady Fit pant from ELOQUII. They come in a lot of colors, and have different cuts. These are the Gina fit, which is cut a little fuller in the stomach and slimmer in the hips and legs.
I love a blazer with denim as well, especially if you can roll or scrunch the sleeves. I picked up the jacket and top last year for a Lane Bryant denim campaign, and these were the shots from it:
This color of the Bryant Blazer is no longer available, but you can find it in black, navy, and a double breasted style. They do have a couple of purple or merlot blazers – this ponte peplum style is gorgeous, and this soft jacket with tie is a more relaxed, but still professional, option.
The swing top isn't available anymore either in this print, but you can find some current versions of similar styles here.
I have to say, it felt odd to wear a business outfit again when everyday wear has been much more casual than I would wear in “normal” times. Plus, wearing a mask during meetings is a little odd. A small inconvenience – really hoping that the spread doesn't get as bad as predicted as the weather gets cooler.
What do you think of when someone says a dress code is “business?”