Would you wear the ensemble above to work? Or any of these below?
As someone who manages a sizable department, I've struggled for a long time with how to dress casually and authoritatively. I want to keep the "Business" in Business Casual, but too-tailored reads as out-of-touch rather than in-charge. While there are certainly days that involve meetings with others outside the department or company and for which a jacket-based ensemble feels appropriate, for the most part our environment is decidedly California Casual. As I'm finding my own style leaning heavily toward knit ensembles, some of these above definitely appeal to me and would be appropriate in our office.
#1 - but with different pants
#3 - but with jacket added and different shoes
#4, 5 and 6 are similar to ensembles I regularly wear.
These below are typical of my current work ensembles. (Love the vibrant bit of color from the scarf in the first pic, but I can see from this photo it overpowers the rest of the outfit a bit. Needs to be tied less obtrusively, perhaps.)
Skirt, both pics: Eileen Fisher, here.
Jacket, top pic: Eileen Fisher, prior season.
Cardigan, bottom pic: Eileen Fisher, here.
Tunics, both pics: Eileen Fisher, here. (The tunics and skirt are from prior years, but they offer a version of these staples each season.)
Boots, both pics: purchased in Paris, 2008.
Scarf, top pic: Eric Bompard, cashmere lace, prior season.
Scard, bottom pic: Hermès vintage size, "Voitures à Transformation,"
What do you think of softer work wear? Does it fly in your work environment? Would you wear any iterations of the Eileen Fisher ensembles above at your job?