Fashion,  Life

What Do You Know About Business Casual?

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A lot of changes have been happening lately and one of those includes an overhaul of my closet. I’ve recently decided to take on a new opportunity and I’ve had to purchase new clothes that will update my slightly post-college, young style to business casual. This a new experience for me as my first job out of college was all casual wear so I never went out and consciously purchased nice clothes. I’ve had about two weeks to make this change and update my closet. My solution to all of this was found by mistake: Old Navy.

I’ve rarely shopped at Old Navy in the past. I have one gym shirt from their active section, purchased a pair of khakis for a previous job, a pair of jeans, and of course flip flops. Other than that, I’ve never been able to find clothes that fit me well from their store. A few months ago I purchased some black denim from Old Navy in the Rockstar style and I thought I liked the fit, but it’s too high waisted for me and the material is too stretchy; who even says that denim is too stretchy? Anyways, one of my coworkers was telling me how she always strikes good deals from OldNavy.com with coupons and free shipping, plus she had found the perfect fit in her clothes by shopping exclusively in the petite section. I never even thought to try petite styles, since it’s only offered online I had no idea it even existed.

I made a few purchases from Old Navy’s petite section back in September, buying the same dress my coworker had been rocking over the summer plus a few other staples. I fell in love! Everything fit perfect. Not too long after I made another purchase, this time I added a few skirts, cute basic tops, and some fun slacks that I could wear to a business casual environment. Again, everything fit perfect. Well, nearly everything, but the great thing about purchasing from Old Navy’s website is being able to do in store returns. I’ll never be able shop at an online store without having that offer. Especially seeing as the petite clothing is only available that in-store return option is important. Before making any of these purchases I made sure to refer to their size chart to make sure I was in the ballpark of sizes I should be ordering. Most of the items I’ve purchased have been an extra small and I’m enjoying their fit. I had to return a few items that I purchased in a small, but I feel like Old Navy sizes run a little on a large size, for your reference.

What’s also great about shopping online at Old Navy is their never ending sales; I haven’t purchased one item at full price yet, Old Navy Cash when it’s going on, and you get cash back shopping through Ebates. I feel like everyone should know about Ebates at this point, but in case you don’t please sign up. I’ve had Ebates for years but only started utilizing it the past few months and I’m addicted to it. Add the Ebates button to your browser too!

I’m still trying to bridge the gap between business and casual style. If anyone has a definite answer of what business casual is, leave your thoughts – I’d love a clearer explanation that what I think it is! Hope this helps and introduces you to my new favorite store. Don’t worry, Old Navy also carries regular and tall styles, in addition to petite!


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