The last two years of medical school is mostly about clinical rotation and sometimes it’s hard coming up with a business casual outfit to wear under your white coat. So a few weekends ago, I challenged myself to see how many different outfits I can come up with by only spending $200. I bought items that I consider my “essentials” for business casual outfits.I tried to make any many outfits as I can with the items I bought, adding in some personal touches from shoes and bags that I already own.
I stuck to pretty basic items, nothing too trendy- so that you can really build on these outfits with coats or jackets, shoes with prints or details, and other accessories.
Here is what I came up with:
1. SLIM CROPPED BLACK PANTS-$35.45 (Originally $69.50, 40% sale + 15% student discount)
Loft. Pretty much the cornerstone of most of my business casual outfits is a pair of cropped black pants. Black pants go with everything- you can dress it up, dress it down, it’s flattering, it’s comfortable!
2. SLEEVELESS BLUE TOP $24.99 (No discount 😓)
H&M. Very versatile! You can wear it buttoned up with a bow or you can wear it with couple buttons undone and without the bow. You can get two completely different looks from one top. Plus you can layer it with a cardigan or wear it under white coat without any bulk because it’s sleeveless
3 and 4. SWEATER SHELL AND CARDIGAN $22.69, $27.80 (Original Price: $45, $55)
Ann Taylor. I’m a huge fan of these sleeveless shells especially during warmer months bc they’re so easy to layer and you still look pretty put together. I got a matching cardigan so I can wear it during cooler months.
5. PINK SWEATER $34.75, Original Price ($69.60)
Ann Taylor. Also on sale for 50% off.
6. CONTRAST PANTS (GRAY) ($39.90), (No discount 😓)
Uniqlo. I wanted a pair of business casual pants that weren’t black so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing the same pants everyday.
7. BLACK PENCIL SKIRT $38, (Original Price:$59)
Ann Taylor. It goes with everything and super comfortable.
Admittedly the outfits ARE pretty plain but you can pair the outfits with some fun shoes or jewelry and really make them your own– basically I consider these items the foundation of a business casual wardrobe. The total amount for the 7 item came out to about $220, so a little bit over our budget but I’m really happy with the quality of items I got.
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