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Hello, you! I'm Soph - a 22 year old girl currently living in Liverpool, spending most of her time writing, taking photo's, drinking coffee & trying not to eat too much cake.
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Office chic outfits | No. 1

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! :)
Sophie Rosie
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  1. This outfit is absolutely stunning girl :) Love how you've styled it x

  2. I LOVE THAT DRESS. I remember going to a bunch of internships where people there always dressed in black/white and I couldn't take it - I always end up wearing colorful tops/dresses and trying to maintain the formal air at the same time. You definitely should do more office-chic posts, I'm sure we would love to also see from office to night wear transition outfits too? :)

    Cherie x

    1. Thank you Cherie! Haha yes! I know exactly what you mean! I feel a lot of people's 'work wardrobes' are really dark, and they definitely don't have to be! Ahh yeah, I hadn't even thought of that! I'll definitely have a go! x

  3. This outfit is so cute Soph! You've put so much thought into the whole outfit - go guuuuurrrl!

    Robyn xo

  4. I have serious outfit envy right now! I was hoping you'd say that dress was recent, as I'm on a shirt hype right now (found the nicest peter pan collar one in the zara sale) and have been hunting for a dress to wear over the top - maybe ebay will answer my prayers :)
    I was talking to my mum the other day and said "if i ever work in an office I am NOT wearing trousers!" Can't wait to read the rest of your posts on this, love your blog :)

    Writing Possibility

    1. Haha sorry Sophie! Oooh I think I know which Peter Pan collar you mean, I nearly picked one up myself! Haha, I like your approach! Thank you lovely, that means so much! :) x

  5. What a lovely outfit, the blazer is gorgeous! And you are so right, I have never seen a business outfit post before.

  6. Absolutely love this dress, and I'm so glad you are starting this series. You seem to wear similar clothes to me for the office, so this will be really interesting to get some more inspiration.

    Looking forward to the next one!

    Rach //

    1. Thank you Rachel! I'm glad people seem to like the idea! :) oooh really, maybe you should do one too, we could get inspiration from each other! ;) x

  7. This outfit is so cute! I absolute love it and somehow it reflects your personality so well! x

    Martha Jane |

    1. Aw thank you Martha! That really made me smile! x

  8. That blazer is to die for - it just pulls the whole look together! And it's so flattering!

    Emily // Lynde Avenue

    1. Thank you so much Emily! I'm glad you like it! :) x

  9. YOU LOOK AMAZING SOPH!! you need to take me shopping for office clothes when I graduate into the big world next year - I always find these outfits the hardest to find (and suit me without drowning my shortness, you will feel me here)

    Kayleigh xoxo

    1. Eeeek thanks Kayls! Hahaha I would gladly go shopping with you! And yes, I feel the shortness struggles ha! x

  10. LOVE the outfit! I had to check out the Next website myself, and WOW. I am obsessed! Ha. I know where I'll be shopping from!

    1. Thank you lovely! Haha yes, Next is great! x

  11. I loveeee this outfit! Makes me want to wear 'business clothes' more to work!


    1. Oh thanks Lou! Haha it can be fun... sometimes! x

  12. Love this outfit! I'm about to delve into the world of 'office wear', and I need to get some pronto! You've given me ideas aha!

  13. Love this outfit! I'm about to delve into the world of 'office wear', and I need to get some pronto! You've given me ideas aha!


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