Every Sunday, when Style magazine arrives inside our Sunday Times, I eagerly rip open the wrapping and get my weekly luxe fix. This week was no different except it was a business special with articles devoted to finding a work life balance, female business women such as Liz Hurley, female empowerment with everyone's favourite 'Queen of Mean' "Just call me bitch- if it stands for boss in total control of herself, says the business guru, Kelly Cutrone, peddling a 'balls out' approach" and of course making your working wardrobe work for you. This was of particular interest to me after I found out that I had got the summer internship last week. Since then, Mum and I have been looking for the perfect capsule wardrobe that can be remixed for the 6-9 weeks I am on my placement. Style has answered my prayers and supplied me with some inspiration from fashion high-flyers revealing the ultimate working wardrobe.
This was helpful for me in a number of ways... I want to look professional, be comfortable and to retain a sense of individuality...i.e. I don't want to become just another office clone but look like a more professional version of myself. Have I succeeded? You be the judge...
This top was a bit of an impulse buy. It is from Warehouse in John Lewis but it's gorgeous dove grey colour and quirky lace collar made me fall in love. I am prone to being very warm so the fact that it is sleeveless is an added bonus. I will wear this with either black heels or flats and a black blazer.
This Warehouse dress is made of a reassuringly sturdy material that is almost quilted in style. As regular readers of the blog will know, I am a BIG fan of the colour navy especially when paired with black. Although this may be a fashion 'faux pas' I am in love with the simplicity of this look. At first I couldn't find my black tights but nude ones show off my shoes better anyway :P
In this photo I am wearing my blue shoes from Peacocks. These have a mini heel that is somewhere between flats and a kitten heel.
They are an iridescent blue that seems to change colour, depending on the outfit I am wearing.
A cheesy smile from me again. These are my chunky, black office heels that are SO comfy to wear, it is unbelievable.
Despite the objectations of my parents, I think the black tights make this dress infinitely more professional but I would be interested to see what you lovely people think. . . Is the dress too casual? Could it work in an office environment? The main problem I have is that I don't yet know where exactly I will be working and how smart or casual the office is. When I find out more I will let you all know :D I will leave you with a lovely picture of me awkwardly trying to hide the labels on my new purchases. As you can see, I wasn't successful as there is a label poking out of my top...OOPS!
Hope you have all had a lovely weekend, please let me know if you have any ideas regarding a working wardrobe :)