Starter Kit Guides are for people who are starting from scratch or close to it. Rather than being overwhelmed trying to build a full wardrobe from scratch all at once, this guide will help you build a Starter Kit Wardrobe. A Starter Kit Wardrobe is a smaller collection of strategically chosen pieces that will work for you now and set you up to expand to a fuller wardrobe in the future. This way, you can rebuild your wardrobe slowly, in doable, bite-sized portions!
WHAT IS BUSINESS CASUAL?
After talking with many women about business casual style, I can safely say this: the definition of it is all over the place. There is a wide spectrum of what constitutes an appropriate business casual outfit depending on a number of things such as your industry, geographical region, work environment, and role at work, to name a few. Some business casual environments are on the more relaxed end of the spectrum, where an outfit of nice jeans, a blouse, cardigan, and flats is totally appropriate. Others are a bit more formal, leaning towards business professional style, where outfits should consist of slacks or a tailored skirt with a blouse and blazer. For others, an outfit in between is perfect, like slacks or nice pants with a blouse, cardigan, and flats. In some environments, all of these may be appropriate depending on what is happening at work that day or what role a person is in.
To account for the variety on this spectrum, this Business Casual Starter Kit Wardrobe Guide will be centered around Level 2, and from there we will talk about how to adjust your wardrobe and outfits to be more relaxed or more formal.