10 Business-Casual Outfits I Wore in November

by - November 20, 2022

It has been a whirlwind of a November. Who knew that the time between school breaks was so crazy?! I mean, teachers have always known, but this is my first real experience with it, so I'm honestly trying to catch my breath.

We have had some sweater weather in my neck of the woods lately, which has been a welcome change for me. I love any reason to wear comfy clothes, and sweaters are one of the comfiest things to wear in my opinion. Sadly, this outfit roundup doesn't have a lot of sweaters to share with you. The last week especially has been jam packed, and I did not take outfit photos like I typically do.

But I do have ten really good business-casual outfits to help you plan what to wear for work in cooler weather. Note that I said cooler, not cold. I live in the South where we don't really have winter. So all of my "winter clothes" tend to be on the thinner side and most definitely not suited to snow.

Sizing: I'm 5'2" and weight about 140 lbs. I wear size small or 6 in most clothes and size 7 in shoes.

Shirt (similar) / Pants (similar) / Shoes

Everything in this outfit is a few years old except for my loafers, which I talked about in my last outfit roundup post. This shirt is by Universal Thread at Target, and it's a style they usually keep updating. I haven't seen anything really similar to this color scheme, though. My pants are by Signature Studio.

Bodysuit / Cardigan (similar) / Skirt / Boots (similar)

I love everything about this outfit...except for the boots, which this picture don't show very well. They're a mid-calf height, which ended up being awkward with the length of the skirt. They either needed to be knee-high or ankle boots.

Shirt (similar) / Vest / Pants / Shoes

This outfit turned out so much better than I expected. I've been intrigued with the sweater vest trend but unsure if I could truly pull it off. Layered looks like this tend to be too bulky for my petite frame, but this one just worked. My pants are navy blue, by the way, and are actually dress sweatpants. Yes, you read that right. They are joggers specifically designed for an office setting.

Dress / Boots (similar)

This dress might be too casual for some offices, but it's perfect for teaching. It's super comfortable and has pockets, but be aware that there are slits in the side of the skirt that could be problematic for some. I paired it with my black moto-boots that have all the buckles (that my mom hates LOL) for an edgier look.

Shirt (similar) / Pants / Shoes

One thing I don't love about dressing for cooler weather is the expectation that color be muted or swapped out for all earth tones. So this outfit felt a bit unexpected for the season, but I love it! My pants are kind of a fuchsia color and matched the darker pinks in my blouse's pattern perfectly.

Dress (similar) / Boots

This dress has been a fall staple of mine for several years. It's thin enough that I can wear it without dying on warmer days but also be able to easily layer a jacket on top for colder days. And these boots, y'all. They are so good. I wanted the black version as well but sadly they're out in my size.

Shirt / Blazer (similar) / Pants / Shoes

This is another pair of those office-approved sweatpants. This time around, though, I decided to go with a more edgy, street-style look with a Fleetwood Mac graphic tee layered under a black blazer and a pair of statement sneakers. My blazer is by Worthington; I linked to what I think is the same style, but mine is at least ten years old, so I can't be sure.

Shirt / Pants / Boots (similar)

This was an unplanned half day due to weather, so I wanted to be comfortable while still being classroom appropriate. These are my favorite Stevie pants from Old Navy, which are back in stock! They feel like leggings but are way thicker so you don't have to worry as much about lines. My shirt is kind of like a really thin sweatshirt. The sleeves have a lacy-look cutout pattern, and the cuffs are elastic. It's longer but not a tunic length, even though I sized up to a medium so it would be roomier. It did mostly cover my rear and completely cover my front, which is a must when teaching seventh graders.

Shirt (similar) / Sweater / Jeans / Boots

This sweater is so good, y'all. It's super soft, a great length, and comes in a bunch of color combos. I kept it simple with a white t-shirt (it has a breast pocket and rolled sleeves) and paired it with my new fave bootcut jeans. I'm so glad these are back in style, even though I've never stopped wearing them really. My boots are actually a Chelsea boot, so they work with pretty much any style of pants.

I'm not typically a patterned leggings type of girl, but I couldn't resist these red plaid ones. They've got both black and blue mixed into the pattern, which gives me a lot of options for how to wear them, but to start with I couldn't resist this classic combo. This sweater dress is the same brand as that striped one I wear all the time. There are some differences, though. The black is much thicker and has pockets. These leggings are one of my favorite Amazon brands (I've got a few of the plain black ones) and wear really well all day long with no bunching in weird places.

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