Changing Up My Work Wardrobe

27 January 2020

**some products in this blog post have been gifted, all opinions are my own**

Ask me what I wear to work on a daily basis and the answer is black.

It’s either a black dress, or black skirt and black blouse, or a black Jumpsuit.

Your girl just loves black.

It’s gives that polished finish, and paired with heels looks like you’ve just walked off the set of ‘Suits’ (RIP to the best T.V. show ever)

However, when it comes to workwear, I’ve been wanting to switch it up. The last work related outfit postsI published was what I wore in my summer wardrobe. Since publishing that and wearing black nearly every day, I’ve learnt black is great but it can look like you’re going to a funeral (I mean, I knew this before) and in my case, drains all the colour out of my face – one of the things I learnt when John Lewis & Partners kindly invited me to visit their Style Studio.

I’m in a client facing profession so tend to mirror the way my client dresses. At the moment I’m in quite a casual office, so a black bodycon midi dress can look a bit overdressed, which is why I’ve been experimenting with what I wear to work. The goal is to make my office look a bit more casual but still with a smart edge. So, I’ve put together 3 outfits that take me a bit out of my workwear comfort zone (a.k.a black) and a bit more casual so I don’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Outfit 1

I captioned this outfit on Instagram ‘I send nudes with my clothes on’ (can we all take a moment to appreciate the witty caption)

In my attempt to get out of black, I’ve gone for beige's and nudes. Wide leg trousers will always be my go to style for work – they’re flattering and give off that ‘she means business’ vibe. To add to the casual element, I’ve paired it with a crop top blouse, but a crop top which is suitable for the work place (they do actually exist). I’ve even gone more casual with the coat over the shoulder look, although it is approximately -732 degrees in London, with winds big enough to knock this right off my shoulders into one of the home counties, so I’m not sure how often I’ll be rocking the coat off the shoulders look in the near future. I absolutely love this look and it is one which I will no doubt be re-wearing in the future.

Outfit details: Coat//New Look, Blouse// Boohoo, Trousers//Primark, Shoes//PrettyLittleThing (gifted)

Outfit 2
Nothing makes me feel sassier than a suit. My suit of choice for most of my working life (3 years, lol) has been, you guessed it – black. But for Autumn/Winter, I thought I’d go on trend and go for a check suit and what a great decision I made. I got the inspo from melisekrem on Instagram (who  was spotted rocking the check suit) and by chance when I happened to be strolling in Sainsburys for some Eggs (true story), I came across this 2 piece suit in TU clothing. Before I even got to the check out (no pun intended), I had two people tell me what a great choice I had made, and they were not wrong. I love it.

It’s so versatile, I can wear it as a two piece with a blouse, just the skirt and a top, or pair the jacket with jeans and trainers for a chilled weekend look. And the fit…as a tall girl, I often struggle to find skirts that are of a comfortable length (especially in winter) but TU clothing at Sainsburys smashed it. Although I probably wouldn’t pair the outfit with the shoes, let’s talk about these Vegan boots for a moment, they were kindly gifted from Blowfish Malibu, a LA based brand and I love them – they’re so comfy but also so sustainable and great for this temperamental London weather we’ve been having at the moment.

Outfit details: Blazer// TU clothing, Skirt// TU Clothing, Ribbed Polo Jumper// ASOS, Boots// Blowfish Malibu (gifted)

Outfit 3
Although I said Wide Leg Trousers were my go to, I’ve recently started to wear tapered trousers. I love the silhouette that these tapered trousers give and with the high waisted belt detail that these trousers from Femme Luxe Finery are serving, I had to pair these with a black mesh polka dot blouse for an additional ‘corporate yet sexy’ touch.

Paired with a black coat, pair of low heeled shoes (like these smart but comfortable ones from Primark with the gold reflective parts) I am living for this smart casual look. The great thing about this look is that it can be dressed up for a dinner out – swap the low heeled shoes for a pair of stilettos, the mesh blouse for a halter neck bodysuit and the basket bag for a clutch and I’m ready for that dinner reservation at 8.

Outfit details: Blouse//Femme Luxe Finery (gifted), Trousers// Femme Luxe Finery (gifted), Shoes // Primark, Basket Bag// Primark

What is important to me is feeling confident at work, and wearing something that gives me the power to smash the day (no matter how casual it may be)

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