I’ve touched on this before, but I suck at dressing for work.
I’m so uninspired by my selection of work appropriate outfits and there’s only so many times I can wear my only nice fitting pair of culottes in an attempt to incorporate some aspect of my personal style in to an otherwise dull and dreary work wardrobe.
When shopping I don’t tend to think about workwear – I don’t go out with the sole intention of upping my business wardrobe game, instead I wander around like an excited child picking out clothes willy-nilly and touching everything in my path (does anyone else have to feel everything in the shop?), and more often than not the trends I’m in to are most certainly not ‘office appropriate’. But if something passes as acceptable for 9-5 then all the more reason to buy it I say.
Getting through the Monday-Friday grind is hard enough, getting dressed in the morning shouldn’t make it any harder. If anything, for someone who likes clothes so much it should make getting up that little bit more enjoyable.
For me the difficulty is looking smart and professional enough but still feeling like yourself, after all if you’re comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing then that’s going to show! Online retailers don’t make this predicament any easier – ‘workwear’ sections filled with pinstripe pencil skirts and matching blazers, court shoes and what can only be described as high-school style blouses do not fill me with any great enthusiasm. Who actually wears those things to the office? Fill me in if you do, but that is not somewhere that I would want to be! What’s the point in spending your hard-earned money on clothes you like when the only time you get to wear them is the two days a week you don’t have to clock in?
So the challenge I’ve set myself is to start buying clothes that work all week round, you know the whole ‘desk to date night’ situation springs to mind, and this outfit it the perfect example of that. These are not new purchases, instead just something I threw together one weekend, looked in the mirror and thought ‘hey, I could wear this to work’, and voila a new office outfit is formed which is clearly stays true to my own personal style since I picked it to wear for a leisurely Saturday lunch!
I’m normally a black jean type of gal but recently I’ve been swaying towards the dark denim variety. These ones are the very stretchy, eat-as-much-as-you-like-without-feeling-uncomfortable kind, which is a function probably not necessary for work but when your office is next to a carvery it could come in handy! I think they may have even been described as ‘jeggings’ but thankfully they’re not the kind of jeggings with fake pockets and no zip/button – I’m reeeally not in to those, however comfy they may be!
Get ready for it… are you bored of me banging on about how much I love red? Seriously though, I feel like red is a great way to add a different colour palette to workwear since it’s one of those fierce, power colours making it very office appropriate. And I’ve just noticed that this is a very New Look heavy outfit. New Look is one of those stores that always delivers when it comes to smart-casual so it’s no surprise there!
Truly, it’s the blazer and boots which really smarten this combo up and give it those work vibes though. I’m particularly enjoying the blue denim against the grey of the blazer. I feel like it’s quite a masculine combination – jeans and a blazer, like a guy wanting to impress when a full on suit would be OTT, that’s the vibe I’m getting here and I guess that’s exactly the vibe I’m looking for when it comes workwear.
I definitely need to find my work style and then put together a work capsule wardrobe, 5 or so fail-proof work outfits saving me precious thinking time each morning, maybe that’s a job for the weekend. Let me know if you have any go-to stores when it comes to dressing for work, or any little gems or tips for introducing personal style in to your workwear wardrobe!
Jeans – Next / Funday Jumper – New Look / Blazer – New Look / Sock Boots – New Look