What I Wore To Work: Boyfriend-fit Business Casual

As the festive season gets into full swing, the attire in the office is noticeably more casual.  Christmas lunch coming up? Business-casual. Christmas drinks after work? Business-casual.

Business-casual is one of those awful dress-codes which tell you almost everything and yet NOTHING at the same time. What does it mean?! Do I have to wear a shirt? Am I allowed to show my arms? Does it have to have a collar?

Here’s my take on the infamous B-C. And I’m doing it, like a dude, with a men’s grey marl t-shirt and a long-line boyfriend fit blazer.

Bag: Michael Kors (Bicester)
Grey Marl T-shirt: Burton
Long-line Blazer: New Look
Necklace: New Look
Black skinny trousers: Zara  

Grey marl t-shirts are my absolute go-to top for any outfit. They’re the winter equivalent of a plain white tee and can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. This grey t-shirt is from Burton/my boyfriends wardrobe.

To keep the boy-casual look feminine, I’ve layered on a winter berry lipstick – it’s this lovely Sleek True Colour lipstick in Cherry. 

A powerful punch of red, but not too girly.

And for another shot of colour – an electric blue Michael Kors Bedford Bowling bag. One of my babies!

This was a birthday present to myself – from myself – courtesy of Bicester village! You can check out my Bicester haul here.

Rolling up the sleeves – a classic Zoe Dubs move.

Rolling up the sleeves adds a casual vibe to any jacket – ideal for when you’re wearing a smart jacket but don’t want to come across too formal either.

It also works when you’re wearing something that’s too big for you – ie any item of menswear!

And finally – a bit of bling to add interest around the neckline. 

I bought this necklace absolutely yonksss ago from New Look and completely forgot about it. One of those spur of the moment buys, you know? 

I randomly came across it again and now, i can’t stop wearing it!!

I love re-discovering old pieces – it’s almost like you bought some new. Almost….

So there we go – business-casual, boy style. 

What’s your go-to top in your wardrobe? A classic white tee? Or something more exciting?

Do you buy menswear too? I say ‘buy’, that includes borrowing/stealing from your partner’s wardrobe too..


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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. Amy Meier
    December 19, 2013 / 10:44 am

    The latest michael kors bags herehttp://michaelkors.shoplal.com/

  2. Maja eM
    December 19, 2013 / 4:13 pm

    You have a fabolous lipstic shade, and the MK bag is perefction <3xoxohttp://pandamone.blogspot.com/2013/12/baroque-spirit.html

    • Zoe Dubs
      December 23, 2013 / 4:18 pm

      Thaaanks Maja – i love the bag too! x

  3. Scottish Stef's Nails
    December 19, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    your work outfit is so cute yet really smart!:0it looks great!i love your bag!its such a gorgeous colour..i would love a michael kors handbag:)I'm now following your awesome blog girlie:)x

    • Zoe Dubs
      December 23, 2013 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks Stef! xxx

  4. hannah
    December 20, 2013 / 8:54 pm

    I think you've nailed it! You look gorgeous 🙂 xxx

    • Zoe Dubs
      December 23, 2013 / 4:19 pm

      Haha Hannah, I try! xx