I acknowledge working in a fashion retail environment means there’s perhaps more emphasis and fewer rules on office-dressing but agree with the article that some shake-ups on the work fashion front could liven up weekdays and avoid the uniform-esque state of mind we’ve become used to. By ‘livening up’ I don’t mean emulate the Apprentice women and clip in - what appears to be - a standard issue wavy/mermaid hair extension. Not wanting to be a mega bitch but c’mon girls, a stripper heel is not boardroom suitable.
Here’s some ideas to help you glide through Mon-Fri…
It’s not school
Office wear is often associated with the boring dark skirt/trouser and white shirt combo. This can look amazing when updated with individual twists or can look a bit polyester BHS school-wear. Also it’s a bit dull when everyone looks the same. Update the shirt to floaty silk rather than button down cotton. Go for cream rather than Colgate white. If in doubt Equipment rule the world when it comes to shirts.
Go for this look:
Not this look:
Mix weekend and work clothes
Weekend clothes don’t always mean leggings and parkas, wear a favourite ‘going to the pub’ top with a smarter skirt rather than jeans or make a summer dress work-appropriate with a blazer. Weekend purchases will be clothes you’re drawn to because you like them and they’re comfortable rather than you panic-buying five identical suits the Sunday before starting a new job. Merge your wardrobes to find flattering combinations.
It’s tempting to save your pennies for weekends and holiday clothes but considering the amount of time we spend at work, investing can be worth it. Blow cash on flattering blazers, shoes, coats and bags as these can be worn over and over, throughout the year. Stella McCartney, Reiss, Chloe and Whistles are all good places to start for grown-up office attire.
Stella McCartney Coat £945
Work with leather
No longer a fabric reserved for sex workers, leather is now a wardrobe staple. Accent outfits rather than wear head-to-toe to avoid raised eyebrows on the tube.
Mila Leather jacket £295
ASOS Leather-look skirt £45