Office Fashion Part 1
Welcome to My Office Fashion Diary.
I have mentioned previously how obsessed I am with a bit of a pencil dress action, hence my new post about it! And it will be one of many posts, just like my infinite number of office outfits.
My office style can be described as professional, elegant, stylish and very meticulous, just like my work is. Being an Accountant doesn’t give me a great deal of opportunities to be creative with my wardrobe but all I need is a pencil dress and a good pair of shoes. We do have dress down Fridays but I don’t do those per say, or at least this is what my colleagues keep telling me. I was recently told that my dress down day is going from being “elegant and sophisticated” to “glamorous and dazzling” as I tend to throw in a bit of sparkle on Fridays. Well I do sometimes put on a pair of black skinny jeans with one of my favorites Burberry tops but the fact is my most favoutire style is a pencil dress, a stylish jacket and a pair of heels. Where I get a bit more creative are my tights. I’m obsessed with browsing the internet in an endless search for all sorts of crazy patterns and fabrics. If I was asked to estimate how many pairs I currently have in my wardrobe…hmmm about 200? Maybe more… I think my most favourite styles are gothic and baroque laces that I preferably wear with plain dresses – as you wouldn’t want to be covered head-to-toe in patterns. It’s simply excessive and tacky.
The fashion world has had a tricky relationship with hosiery, sometimes seen as the un-cool aunt to edgier ideas. Yet, current ideas are gearing up the trend: tights were brought back in for the autumn winter 16 catwalks by Prada (cosy grey argyles), Chanel (black-out opaques), Gucci (bright colours – for the game and gamine only), Burberry (knitted patterned versions) and Saint Laurent (the high maintenance black sheer).
It varies how much different people would suffer for fashion. There are those who would put practicality first (as myself) and a complete opposite breed of those who will wear whatever they want regardless of the weather – like bare legs in the winter just for the sake of fashion. I tend to mix and match my tights accordingly to the temperature outside and when the temperature plunges I always reach for that classic pair of 50 denier black tights.
SIX MUST in my Hosiery Closet:
(1) Black opaques
I like them to be black-out dark, and best worn with dark colour skirts and dresses.
(2) Coloured – but not crazy
Matching tights add a chic touch to a tonal outfit. I advise sticking closely to the same colour palette. I have a few pairs in green, navy and grey that I always try to match with the same colour outfit.
(3) The knitted tight
Patterned knitted tights, Argyle diamond prints and cable knits offer a cosy retro styling tip that is having a moment right now. Perhaps wait until it’s colder for these…
Necessary when a bare leg isn’t an option. Opt for matt styles over gloss and ensure the shade matches your skin tone perfectly.
(5) Black sheer
Sometimes it’s nice to see a bit of leg. Keep things elegant and pair with a longer hemline.
(6) The evening tight: go dotty, fishnet or patterned
This is so me especially in spring/summer. Gothic and baroque lace, retro diamond, sparkly fishnet, two-toned, spiral, sparkle spiral. Make sure that patterns complement your outfit and don’t just add another unnecessary layer of crazy pattern. Sometimes less is more.
(7) When tights go tech: super shapers
Just don’t double up on shapewear underwear or else you’ll keel over by lunchtime.
Without further adieu lets dive straight into the Office Fashion DOs and DON’Ts.
Dos and Don’ts
(1) DO Relax a little
Achieve a more relaxed business casual look by wearing lighter colours now and then
DON’T go too casual. Shorts are never appropriate in the office. They look too casual and can reveal a bit too much for some of us liking.
(2) DO dress up
Office dresses are generally classy and elegant and I almost tempted to say that there is no such thing as being office overdressed
Avoid strapless dresses and generally dresses that reveal too much whether it’s a cleavage or legs. When some of us may think they look great and sexy in that mini skirt others will perceive this as an uncomfortable and unprofessional look. Generally, it’s challenging to take under-dressed people seriously.
(3) Do Bare a Little Skin
Sleeveless tops and dresses are acceptable however try to keep a good balance and don’t ruin the look with a low cleavage
DON’T bare it All. Open backs, plunging necklines, shorts are inappropriate even on casual Fridays.
(4) Experiment with Shoes
Kitten heels, chunky heels, wedges, mules are all appropriate in the office.
DON’T Bare Too Much. Flip flops are a big NO.
(5) DO have fun with accessories and bags
Necklaces, belts, earrings, bracelets.
DON’t do trends Head-To-Toe. It’s excessive and tacky …
Clearly qualities like a dogged work ethic and professionalism will get you far, but what you wear also makes a major impact on your success. Accordingly, I thought I’d round up some inspirational ways to take your work ensembles to the next level.
GET THE SHOES
Look 1: TED BAKER Brooch detail wool courts
Look 2: NEXT (OLD)
Look 3: ASOS Lost Ink Freya Rose Gold Curved Court Shoes
Look 4: MULBERRY Bow Slingback Pumps
Look 5: LOUBOUTIN Vinodo Patent Pumps
Thank you so much for reading and have a fantastic day!