Style Guide: What to Wear When You Go Back to Work

After over a year of Zoom calls with sweatpants on, it is finally time to start making it back into the office.

As the time approaches, many people are wondering, “What is business casual for women?” If you were confused before, you’re definitely confused now!

What is business casual for women?

Times are changing (just read about the evolution of work dresses!) and for the better. Now, you are able to walk into the office feeling comfortable and confident in a brand new work wardrobe.

However, this can be a frustrating process, so we are here to help with a few tips on styling women’s business wardrobe essentials. 

Grab some staple, versatile pieces

Having a few items in your wardrobe that can be worn multiple ways will prove itself to be extremely helpful. Grab a simple black dress and wear it one day with a cardigan and kitten heel and the next day a belt and boot. See! Women’s business wardrobe essentials create two outfits in one. 

Add accessories to spice up a simple outfit

Pick up some earrings, necklaces, and a few pairs of shoes and be ready to transform your women’s business wardrobe essentials! Taking a simple outfit and simply throwing on a few layered necklaces will help level up your look. 

Workleisure is the new Business Casual

Like we said, women’s professional clothing is going to look a little different after the year we have all had. “Business casual” has now become “workleisure,” but what exactly does this mean? The dresses and pants we used to wear to work are now becoming a little more stretchy and a lot more comfortable.

While every woman’s business attire guidelines are going to be a little different, we hope that you feel more comfortable getting back into the swing of things. Here’s a helpful women’s business attire guide on what to wear depending on what you’re looking to add to your workwear wardrobe.

Ease your way back into work style

Our power casual styles are easy, elegant and summer-ready. Some might even say a few of these styles can go from couch to work with a swap of accessories!


Short Sleeve Coral Floral Midi Dress

$85 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus

We all need a casual dress for the weekends, but who said they had to be boring? That's why we created Courtney. 

With short sleeves and a midi length, it's clear that this midi dress is perfect for running errands. But what makes this dress even better is the tie at the waist to accentuate your natural curves. You'll have to stop for lunch with the girls at some point and with the added touches of flare, you can walk in feeling cute, comfortable, and accomplished.


Coral Midi Dress

$70 | Available in Regular & Petite

Cute meets casual in this coral midi dress. 

Made from buttery soft stretch fabric, Sienna’s popover tank adds dimension, while the V-neck and V-back design shows just the right amount of skin. Whether you’re going out for lunch with friends or out for a Summer date night, this midi dress is a perfect complement to your Summer wardrobe lineup. 

Add a stylish cardigan from our lineup for coverage on breezy days and nights on the town.


Short Sleeve Cropped Floral Jumpsuit

$56 on Sale | Available ini Plus

Getting ready for work just got more fun in this cute floral jumpsuit.

With a striking floral print design, short sleeves, and a V-neckline, Phoebe is the perfect amount of flirty and casual. The tie at the waist accentuates your figure and the keyhole button detailing in the back adds the perfect touch of femininity. You’ll also love the wide leg pant because it elongates your figure and moves with you throughout the day. And if you need help figuring out how to tie the perfect square knot, look no further than this helpful guide.

Investment pieces to wear year-round

When you’re refreshing your women’s business wardrobe essentials to go back to work, one (or multiple!) staple piece can make all the difference. Especially if you can style it a number of ways to make it weather appropriate. 

Lisa 2.0

Black Faux Wrap Dress

$80 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus

Lisa is our tried-and-true silhouette.

Lisa 2.0 is that dress you'll reach for time and again when you want to look polished, but not over done. This dress features a faux wrap detail at the waist to create definition for a figure flattering silhouette. The matching flounce creates the sophisticated look you desire for a work to play look.


Navy Sleeveless Dress

$80 | Available in Regular & Petite

Lisa is our tried-and-true silhouette.

A dress that looks amazing on women of all shapes and sizes, the faux wrap detail at the waist creates definition for a classic, figure flattering silhouette. Featuring a V-cutout and metal bar at the neckline for added flair, Lisa hits at the knee and is sleeveless. This particular version of Lisa is also perfect for work to play.


CAxLZ Black Palazzo Pants

$45 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus

If only everything in life were as breezy and effortless as these glamorous black mesh palazzo pants.

The Sheri palazzo pant features an incredibly comfortable stretch jersey knit with a chic sheer mesh overlay. Sheri glides over every curve while adding eye-catching movement. For maximum and discreet comfort, Sheri features a flat-lay, tailored stretch band at the waist. Style yoru Sheri pants with a button front silk blouse, a CAxLZ Toni Top or a variety of other tops that go from casual to formal. 

Jump right back into work style

If you’re ecstatic to get back to the office and ditch the sweat pants forever, these styles are for you. Opt for tailored, comfortable and vibrant pieces to add to your lineup this Summer. 


Cobalt X-Neck Fitted Dress

$46 on Sale | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus

Bobbi has the qualifications to become your new office workwear staple.

This fitted day-to-night dress features office appropriate cap sleeves and comfortable stretch cobalt blue crepe scuba material. But it’s Bobbi’s eye-catching signature X-neckline and slimming seams that make this fitted dress stylish enough to wear late into after work cocktails.


Coral Floral Work Dress

$80 | Available in Regular

Named for its cascading front panels, Cassie is an ideal floral work dress. 

The empire waistband accentuates your figure, while the front, asymmetrical panels add dimension. Not only is Cassie easy to slip on in the morning, but it's also comfortable to move around in all day. Just add a cardigan and you'll be ready in minutes!


Dusty Blue Asymmetrical Knee Length Dress

$46 on Sale | Available in Regular & Plus

Veronica is the knee length dress ready to take you from desk to dinner this season!

Asymmetrical panels sewn delicately at the hips create a figure flattering fit that hugs you in at all the right places. Subtly textured jacquard fabric adds architectural interest to give you the most gorgeous shape yet! Dressed up or down, Veronica transforms from an everyday casual dress to an after hours cocktail dress with just a change of accessories. Veronica’s the budget friendly addition to your wardrobe!

Dress to impress for in-person interviews

With Zoom interviews hopefully in the rearview mirror, you’ll want to put your best foot forward with a full outfit, not just a work-appropriate top. Whether you’re the type to stand out in vibrant colors and prints or are more subdued, our guide on what to wear for an interview can help


Lavender Floral Faux Wrap Dress

$46 on Sale | Available in Regular

Like a wrap dress, Gina is simply classic. 

Instead of a tie at the waist, Gina has an O-ring, which means there's no fussing to make the perfect bow or knot! The faux wrap dress accentuates your figure, while elbow sleeves provide extra coverage. Made from stretch knit jersey, this purple floral print wrap dress can take you from work to play in minutes. Simply switch out your earrings and purse.

Lisa 2.0

Marine Blue Wrap Dress

$80 | Available in Regular

If you love the way our Lisa everyday dress hugs your curves while feeling like a dream, get ready for the next generation of Lisa!

The Lisa 2.0 is that marine blue wrap dress you'll reach for time and again when you want to look polished, but not too formal. This dress features a faux wrap detail at the waist to create definition for a figure flattering silhouette. The matching flounce creates the sophisticated look you desire for a work to play look.


Coral Floral Sheath Dress

$60 | Available in Regular

Sue is simply classic.

This floral sheath dress will be your go-to for years to come. Strategically placed princess seams accentuate your waistline, while the coral floral print catches your eye. Pair this summer sheath dress with a sweater for work or an interview, then opt for a denim jacket for a casual dinner with friends or family.


The Sue is also available in tropical, teal, and aqua floral print.


No matter what you’re looking for as you head back into the office, the key thing to keep in mind is your comfort level.

You can also follow these 4 tips on what to look for when revamping your workwear wardrobe. You’ve had over a year of working from home where comfort was at your fingertips at every moment of the day. But being comfortable doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish. So we hope you found what you’re looking for in this guide. And if you didn’t, be sure to check out all of our dresses and jumpsuits!