As much as I LOVE my Fashionista in Suburbia, I have a day job that I love very much too. I am an Architectural Sales Consultant for Caesarstone.
Dressing for this job is a little bit of a challenge, because I spent a huge part of my day in the car. So my requirements are a little different than some other semi corporate jobs: comfort is key, creasing is a problem (linen – I love you, but this partnership aint gonna work), light colours are a challenge, because a lot of times my car is not only my office but my lunchroom too. The advantage is that I work with creatives (designers, interior designers, stylists and architects), so I can be a little more relaxed with my style of work wear.
I may sit in a boardroom with the directors of multi national companies, and that same day I will be navigate mud and rubble at a building site. (chunky block heels are my friends)
Shopping wise, I can’t go past Cue and Witchery for work wear and a big chunk of my wardrobe is from these shops. (somewhat) affordable and good quality. I would like to add some more Australian designers to my wardrobe and I will investigate this. But for now, these stores always have classic pieces that work with what I have and it is quick for me to find something there.
I have put together some looks, of work wear with a bit of twist, and keeping it monochrome makes any of these pieces perfect for mixing and matching. Some of these pieces are current, and some are from my “classics” stash that I will never get rid of.
Here are my tips for dressing for work:
- A longer or peplum top needs a shorter skirt to balance it out, otherwise it looks just dowdy.
- Layer up, it can get so cold in the office
- Invest in a couple of jackets/blazers in different lengths: longer boyfriend style and a shorter blazer or bomber jacket to layer up
- Have fun with your workwear, add an unexpected piece, some bright shoes, a lace cami, and a strong lip. Whatever makes you feel fierce and in control.
- I can’t take credit for this tip: Nikki from Styling You is the genius: take a larger bag to work, but have some flats and a cross body bag in there to take you to a quick trip to the bank and that hunky barrista at lunchtime. Like wise you could throw in a clutch, some killer heels and a couple of sparkly earrings to take you for drinks afterwards.
- Add a little black dress to this collection and you are set.
- Go high neck but add a cheeky flash of a leg to balance it out.
- Go loose and comfy but cinch that waist.
Witchery Soft Romantic Blouse, Witchery Ruffle Skirt, Cue Jacket (not current), Tony Bianco Shoes (not current). The blouse comes with a long sash to tie in a pussy bow. I feel this is too much with the ruffle skirt. A pair of wide legged black pants would however look perfect with a pussy bow.
Witchery Boyfriend Blazer (not current), Cue Culottes (not current), Bardot lace cami (not current), Tony Bianco shoes (not current). This might be a bit daring for you for the office, but you can adjust the cami to a slightly higher necked singlet. The jacket needed more structure so I tied a sash around my waist. One of the fun new trends to wear a corset type belt over a shirt or jacket, would work really well too.
Witchery Asymmetrical Scuba Top, Cue Pencil Skirt, Witchery Shoes (sold out). Because of my top heavy shape, I find it extremely hard to find a little black dress that fits me everywhere, I much prefer separates. This outfit actually looks like a dress on. I hiked the skirt up a little to balance out the long top. And can we talk about scuba material?? It does not crease! Winning. Add an unexpected pop of colour in shoes or handbag.
Witchery Boyfriend jacket (not current), Cue shirt (not current), Seed Heritage drop crotch pinstripe navy pants (not current), Tony Bianco Shoes (not current). I snuck in my beloved drop crotch. I think I get away with it because of the jacket and shirt. I love the layered man style look, and my daughter declared this was her favourite outfit. Keep it flowy but not baggy. Look for materials that skim and drape over the body for this look.
Cue Caped top, (not current), Seed Heritage Drop crotch pants (not current), Mollini Jayman shoes. I added this outfit on the spur of the moment. I think it will still work as a work outfit, but not so much in a corporate environment.
Moral of the story is, know what the culture is at work: is it very corporate? Is it a creative, relaxed environment? Look around you and adjust to the environment (or stand out if that works for you!) I hope you picked up some tips and some inspiration when you plan your work outfit.
Tell me, what is your work style?
Til next time,