How to Dress for the West Coast When There’s No Dress Code (for Women)

February 18, 2021

What do you wear to work when your office has no dress code?

On the West Coast style tends to be more laid-back, but that doesn’t mean you should wear flip-flops to the office (even if other people are doing it!).

Women who want to convey classic, timeless style simply need to build their work wardrobes around a few key pieces.

Read on to find out what to wear on the West Coast when there’s no dress code.

Great Fitting Jeans

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Jeans may seem a bit too casual for the New York office crowd, but for West Coast style with no dress code, they’re perfect.

Look for classic straight leg or wide leg styles for a look that’s timeless while also feeling very now.

A lighter wash reads more casual, while dark denim (or black) feels a bit more dressed up.

Jeans can be styled so many different ways for a casual workplace.

Try a lightweight blouse and flat sandals, a casual blazer with sneakers, or simply pair your jeans with a tailored tee and loafers.

Switch to heels and you’re ready for happy hour or a work event.

A Throw-It-On-and-Go Wrap Dress

Three Graces London's Gertie Wrap Dress For West Coast Style

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A classic wardrobe style for good reason, the wrap dress can go from work to date night or happy hour.

It’s a silhouette that’s flattering for all figures, so choose a core color for maximum versatility — or a fun print to jazz up your West Coast wardrobe.

Look for lightweight, natural fabrics like silk or cotton for breathability in warm climates; this means they’ll be wearable in both the summer and winter.

The wrap dress is also a great style for new working moms, giving easy access for breastfeeding.

An Elegant Pair of Sandals

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For the warmer West Coast climate, comfortable yet elegant sandals are a work wardrobe staple.

Look for flats or a small heel (up to 1 inch) to be able to walk comfortably all day.

A core color like black or nude goes with everything, or choose a print like snakeskin or leopard to add a little extra flair to outfits.

Pair them with everything from jeans and a blouse to a casual skirt and tee combo.

Just keep in mind that regular pedicures are a must when baring your toes at the office, dress code or no dress code.

Tailored T-Shirts

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When you find a great fitting tee, buy it in multiple colors — they’re a staple for casual West Coast style for women.

Outfit your wardrobe with tees in solid core colors (black, white, navy, gray) and various necklines — v-neck, crew, scoop neck — to create a ton of different looks.

Try putting a white crew neck tee under a blazer, for example, or pairing a v-neck with a cardigan and jeans.

Throw on a tailored tee with jeans and loafers for a casual day, or a blazer and heels for an important meeting.

Lightweight Blouses

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Lightweight blouses are a workhorse when it comes to casual office style.

The classic white button down is a great place to start, but this is also a great place to incorporate prints such as florals once you’ve got a solid foundation of core colors.

Look for natural, breathable fabrics like silk, cotton or linen over polyester to keep cool in West Coast climates.

Pair with jeans and sandals or loafers for a go-to everyday look, or dress up for a big meeting with wide-leg pants and heels.

Need help perfecting your West Coast style with no dress code? Check out my online styling services.

About the Author - Cassandra Sethi
About the Author - Cassandra Sethi

Personal Stylist & Image Consultant

Cassandra Sethi is a Personal Stylist and Founder of Next Level Wardrobe, a luxury Personal Styling and Shopping Service that helps successful professionals of all ages and sizes. After working in the fashion industry for over 25 years, she used her expert knowledge to create a proprietary styling system called ‘The Next Level Wardrobe Style System' which guarantees clients more outfits with less items in their closet. NLW has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Tamron Hall Show, NY Mag, Huffington Post and more.

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