Business Casual Work-Flow

Everyone around me seems to have invested in lovely winter jackets and scarfs just so that they can don anything underneath and are good to go to their places of work. “Its a waste of my time trying to look all lush when I would eventually be wrapped up all day in my shawl/cardigan” a friend of a friend’s I met at lunch said to me last week. 

Sincerely I have tailored my appetite to the items sold at my office restaurant lately because really, I’d rather keep all that walking-out-of-the-office-shivering to before and after work alone.

Okay so this week I have decided to abandon England’s bleak weather and have taken a swift stroll over to Nigeria’s capital. Our week’s feature is a young female banker who has moved really swiftly from a corp member to a team leader within 3 years. Lets see how she got dressed for work on the week that was..

Funmilola V. Soyebo
Occupation: Banker
Team Leader Frontline Service
Stanbic IBTC, Abuja.
Interests: Reading books even though I don’t get around to doing that anymore, traveling and having drinks with friends.

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: EOS
Shoes: Forever 21
Bag: Valentino
Style Inspiration: I was in no mood for the clich√© Monday look. Most importantly, I was having drinks after work because ordinarily, I’d have gone with black shoes, I didn’t want to need to get home before my evening. As Steph explained to me prior to this shoot, thats what the metrogypsie brand represented – versatility – so, yeah what better way to start my feature.


Dress: Debenhams
Shoes: Atmosphere
Bag: Lancel
Style Inspiration: Out of office client meeting. Had to keep it corporate today because I was representing my company in a deal. On a good day its not in my place to attend such meetings but I brought this client into my organisation hence.


Jacket: Nameless
Top: Atmosphere
Pants: Forever 21
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes (heels): Garage
Shoes (flats): Newlook
Bag: Edna Ronay
Style Inspiration: An article on an old copy of In Style magazine I found randomly. This lady was saying how she looked all hot going to work and then on getting to her office she takes off her heels and wears flat shoes. This was quite different at my work place because people wore flats to work then switched to heels when they got there. I found that article inspiring just because I get to supervise people a lot so I always need to be everywhere around my branch so that worked.


Cardigan: Newlook
Dress: Next
Shoes: Next
Statement neck piece: H&M
Green bag: Nameless (gift)
Style Inspiration: I was informed yesterday that we would have some compulsory in house training on Saturday and a team leader from another branch who is a contract staff works just 5 shifts so he was going to be absent today and I had to cover for him there as its a really massive office. The fact I was going to another office inspired me to wear much more colour today in other to radiate possibly fun or joy to my interim subordinates. Lol.


Denim Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Melissa
Bag: Dorothy Perkins
Style Inspiration: Freedom. All week I’d been wearing clothes that clung so much to my body. Its Friday (you’d see the joy on my face below) and apart from the fact I am going out for drinks, I needed a breather.

Top: H&M
Jeans: TKMaxx
Shoes: Nameless (gift)
Style Inspiration: Its Saturday I should be looking drab as people shouldn’t be made to do anything work related on the weekend but I am glad for some reason I mean its a good day and.. oh please ama let this clown finish but the only inspiration behind this look is the valentines day, hence the colour of her shoe and top. For some TMI (too much information) also, the ‘V’ initial in her name above stands for Valentina, February 14th is her birthday.

Some of y’all may be wondering the reason behind the post title choice. Well  Juste-milieu is a French term that means the midpoint between two extremes originally used to depict art that was a mix of both real everyday life and art almost as good as the precision of photography. The inspiration behind this choice was precisely the dress code at Stanbic IBTC – business casual – which we all know is like the intermediacy between the strictness of a formal look and the laid backness of a casual look.

There it goes from lovers day girl Funmi. Thanks babe for letting us have you on here.

Do leave a comment below as usual on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.  A winner would be picked by Funmi who would then wear the look in a follow-up post. Happy Birthday in advance Funmi xx.

Thanks guys,
Catch you next time.

‘I dress for women and I undress for men.’ – Angie Dickson.


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  1. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 9:18 am

    Stylish! I love the Thursday outfit. Nice

  2. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 10:33 am

    Rili lovely outfits….. Great corporate style…. Corporate but yet chic n classy…. I think she made it work for me Mon – Fri…. Thumbs up….. Yuyu

  3. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    Great dresser! Dt denim gown..luvs it!

  4. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    That’s. My chic..representing!nice one babe.

  5. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    Yayyyyy Miss Valentina!!! Love the subtle valentine theme Steph and the much needed change in weather . . Wednesdays outfit and Thursday’s dress are my favorite . . I would restyle Monday’s bag and shoe with Thursday’s dress. . . Ng

    • March 23, 2013 / 8:08 am

      Thanks for the observation.. Thanks for the restyle..:)


  6. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    Very classy corporate casual looks. . I’m inspired to try some out. . Loveee Fridays look and all her shoes. Nice one

    • March 23, 2013 / 8:09 am

      Try it oouutt.. You can also share with us when you do!

  7. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    Classy, Wednesday was my best loved the pants nd that Friday dress…….loveeeeed it,….happy birthday in advance

  8. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    Nice. Wish I could see what next week looks like… Weds got the best look and Saturdays colors are beautiful

    • March 23, 2013 / 8:14 am

      Haha Next week? You might have to pay for that..


  9. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 6:35 pm

    Amazing!!! Monday, thursday and Friday totally got me. Very stylish and classy all together. I would def try out some of the looks.

  10. Anonymous
    February 10, 2013 / 10:43 pm

    simply wow…love the tuesday, thursday and friday outfits most; m a sucker 4 dresses to work. the bags and shoes are my fav.

    • March 23, 2013 / 8:16 am

      You must be an accessories person..


  11. Anonymous
    February 11, 2013 / 7:39 am

    Simply stunning!
    I choose to look beyond the amazing colour combinations, perfect wears for various occasions (days of the week), top-notched designers……..because its not just the dressing that brings out the beauty buh the beauty that brings out the dressing.
    You’re simply georgeous……!

    • March 23, 2013 / 8:18 am

      Awww.. That’s so sweet.. You can’t look beyond the fashions on this blog though. Lol..


  12. Anonymous
    February 11, 2013 / 10:16 am

    Hmmmmm, i really dont have anything to say…. but to let u know how beautiful u’re in all the dresses…………… Nice1 Girl(Am Proud)

  13. Anonymous
    February 11, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    very stylish especially Thursdays outfit…….oozed CLASS…happy birthday in advance Valentina

  14. Anonymous
    February 11, 2013 / 4:20 pm

    I love the thursday dress by next, its really gorgeous and it suits your color. The friday denim dress is also lovely. Well put together. All together nice outfits through out the week. Nice blog steph. Before I forget happy birthday in advance valentina.

  15. Arisokwu Ebere
    February 11, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    Stunning! I’m a dude and I luv how she looks on friday!

  16. Barbs
    February 11, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    So I had to comment quickly, just so I don’t forget everything and scroll back and forth. Lol. I love this lady! Hated Monday’s look. Tuesday was perfect! From heels to flats, beautiful. Wednesday, I wish she didn’t wear those shoes with d green bag, talk abt mismatched! Friday was a cute as a button! That said, beautiful lady!

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2013 / 6:19 pm

      Wednesday was perfect, Thurs was mismatched.

  17. February 11, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    Nice look especially the Wednesday one..Friday is also a relaxed yet fit for the office outfit

  18. February 11, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    Nice look especially the Wednesday one..Friday is also a relaxed yet fit for the office outfit

    • March 23, 2013 / 7:58 am

      Ataying true to her business Casual..

  19. maky
    February 12, 2013 / 8:11 am

    I loved, loved, loved everything about her wednesday and friday look! Monday and tuesday were pretty cool as well. Go gurl and happy birthday in advance Valentina!

  20. February 12, 2013 / 8:50 am

    Love Monday’s outfit (like the Star Fleet look)…yes, I’m a Trekker.

  21. February 12, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    Go Wednesday!!! Go Friday!!! lovely shoes and bags too. hello Nigeria. Xx *mwah@Steph*

  22. Anonymous
    February 12, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    Nice! Nice! Nice…I love the way she rocked monday, wednesday and most especially friday. Restyling monday’s outfit with thursday’s shoes would look smashing and elegant as well. cool stuff babe…xx chiomaOdiva

    • March 23, 2013 / 7:54 am

      Thanks for the re-style babe..mwah.


  23. Sir G
    February 12, 2013 / 10:49 pm

    Thursdays @ the office will have more reasons to be cheerful with an outfit like that!..throw in fridayz bag along wit z outfit nd we have a winner…loving Thursdayz..Fridayz outfit iz simple n equally classy..not sure if z shoes compliment d look though…all in all..great variety!

  24. Anonymous
    February 12, 2013 / 11:09 pm

    Her beauty speaks for the clothes. She is proof that a woman can look sexy and decent at the same time. Impressive

  25. coco butta
    February 15, 2013 / 4:35 pm

    Funmi ooo! Dt ur Denim gown is too cute! …loves d wednesday outfit + u’re fine…pls b my sista-in-law

    • March 23, 2013 / 7:51 am

      I have never heard this sort of proposal… Oh dear..


  26. Beeorlah
    February 23, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    Lol I’m a lastma but I absolutely and have always adored ur style cuz.. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays outfits are my faves tho! Proud to be sharing last names with u :p

  27. Anonymous
    February 28, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    Cute & classy. Very powerful look.

    • March 23, 2013 / 7:50 am

      Expect nothing less from someone with some power at her job..


  28. Adaora
    February 28, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    She looks so radiant..i liked Tuesday and Thursday’s look a lot, friday was simply flawless.

    • March 23, 2013 / 7:50 am

      Inner beauty would always find its way out.


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  303. August 31, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Business Causal wear is most important while you attend any seminar , webinar anchor , anchor on show , event , meeting and many more places.

    It is shows you personality.

    Without this won’t be able to look gentleman.

    First impression is last impression if you are in so you get more impression otherwise some time without this harms.

    It is depends on you if you think that this cause me up while met people so have to mandatory wear formal wear.