I'm not sure how many of you girls who read my blog work in an office environment, or how many of you have to go to work with the whole 'business dress' dress code looming over your heads. But, I'm not gonna lie, there doesn't seem to be that many fashion posts out there with this in mind! And actually, whether I like it not, it's how I spend most of my week, so I thought I'd start a little series giving you a little look into what I wear to work and hopefully give you some ideas! Although sorry guys, this is gonna be wholly female orientated. I ain't donning a suit. ...It is SO much easier for guys! All you have to do is make sure your tie matches your blazer. ;)
When I first started work all those 3 years ago, I wasn't exactly what you'd call 'fashion conscious'. As long as it looked 'business-y' I wasn't too fussed. But then I started getting into clothes more, and I was like, actually, I don't look great in this, and I wanted to find a wardrobe that could please my inner blogger, while still keeping that professional look. This can be harder than it sounds!
So, I thought I'd start with this shirt, dress & blazer combo! A buttoned up white shirt is so versatile, and I do wear this a lot! Whether it be under dresses like this, or with a pencil skirt or trousers, it can look great either way! Although maybe avoid black trousers. That way it won't resemble a waitress' uniform! This particular white shirt was from Forever 21 last year, and actually has a slight peplum shape to it, so you can wear it tucked in, or it looks okay left out too.
I love, love, love this dress. I actually bought this dress yonks ago as a 'going out' dress when I was 18 from TK Maxx, and while the neckline is fine for a party, for the office? It's a teeny-tiny bit low. Which again, is where the shirt comes in to cover that stuff right up!
I like the way this dress hangs, and it's not too short so you can get away with baring your legs in the summer if you wish! But it still looks great with tights on underneath. 'Cause well... England. The belt is also fully removable, so I do like to y'know, mix things up a bit with different colours. You've got to have some fun, right!?
Now, I don't think I can fully express my love for this blazer. I wear this both in and out of the office. I think I bought this from Next in one of their mahoosive sales! (Next is SUCH a good place to go for work wear. It may be slightly more expensive, but get stuff in the sales and you're onto a winner!).
I love the pattern on this one, and its slightly longer in length too than your average suit blazer. I really love this because while it's still a blazer to give your outfit that added 'business dress' look, the pattern and style is ever so slightly casual.
The hardest thing I find with 'business dress' is that a lot of the specific office wear you find in shops is often geared towards older people. And at 21 (and especially at 18 when I first started), I don't really wanna be rocking up in a full on trouser or skirt suit. It just wouldn't look right! So items like this are perfect!
Oooh! I nearly forgot shoes! I'm a fan of both flats and heels, but I love these black heels in particular because they have more of a block heel, which means my feet don't hurt as much at the end of the day, they're a lot more comfortable as well as being easier to walk in! I like to wear heels if I can with dresses, particular if I don't have tights on, because well, I don't know whether it actually works, but they're supposed to make your legs look thinner and longer, right?!
Let me know what you think, and please let me know if I should do some more Office Chic Outfit posts! :)