Office Fashion Part 1



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…

(4)   Nude

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

DON’T under-dress

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.

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3

Look 4

Look 5



Look 1: TED BAKER Brooch detail wool courts

Look 2: NEXT (OLD)

Look 3ASOS 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!




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  • Reply
    Elegant Duchess
    August 23, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Hi, thank you for the message. Why would you bookmark my page (upon my approval of course? what does this mean for myself as a fashion blogger? thanks

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    July 27, 2017 at 5:37 am

    You are so flawless! PERFECT MODEL! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Much love, Len

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    R. ChamberofBeauty
    July 18, 2017 at 5:43 am

    The first two looks are my favourite! Love how elegant and stylish all these outfits are <3

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      Elegant Duchess
      July 18, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you 🙂 lovely blog you have x

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    July 18, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I love your blog post so much! So many great tips & tricks you’ve shared, and you look fab in pencil dresses! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    XOXO, Aliya

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      Elegant Duchess
      July 18, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Thank youn lovely. Love your blog! Xx

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    Jessi Malay
    July 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Great tip! Im loving the do’s and donts babe!

    XO, Jessi

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    July 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Very chic look! I especially love the bow detail 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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      Elegant Duchess
      July 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you, lovely blog you have xx

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    Sandra - More Style Than Fashion
    July 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Love the looks!

    have a great week!

    x Sandra

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      Elegant Duchess
      July 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you. I love your post about the sustainable experience. Xx

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    July 16, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Love all these looks but look number 4 is my favourite. Blue is my favourite colour and these shoes are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these great office fashion tips!

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    Sar Conaway
    July 16, 2017 at 11:02 am

    What brands are your tights in this post? Are they Wolford or lower end brands?

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      Elegant Duchess
      July 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      I have actually never tried Wolford (not yet). Majority of my tights are Emilio Cavallini

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    July 15, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Nicely explained, Thanks.

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    Sarah Wells
    July 15, 2017 at 7:39 am

    You’d be the best dressed in my office – amazing babe.

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    Paul Fuggle
    July 15, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Those tights ! Those shoes !

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    July 14, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Such a chic work outfit!

    Enclothed Cognition

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    July 14, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you for all these office fashion ideas! I totally get stumped with what to wear at work on a lot of days and it’s super frustrating. What do they say “I have a closet full of nothing to wear” =P

    Rina Samantha

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    July 14, 2017 at 11:48 am

    You always look super chic babe !

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    July 14, 2017 at 10:09 am

    So elegant in every occasion;) Not a lot of my colleagues are dressing like you … too bad, too sad 🙂

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    July 14, 2017 at 3:20 am

    You look amazing in pencil dresses and skirts! I really love those blue heels in the first look. Thanks for sharing all your stunning office looks! XO, Ellese


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    July 14, 2017 at 2:59 am

    You are soooo chic! Where did you find that darling bow belt?!

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      Elegant Duchess
      July 14, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you! It came with the dress from Next however I got the dress circa couple of years ago. Xx

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      July 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

      I was wondering that too – it’s so stylish!

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    the pink pineapple
    July 13, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    So beautiful look love them!!!
    The Pink Pineapple
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    July 13, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    These looks are so chic

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    Brenda Fuggle
    July 13, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Love the cream with the navy. Great combination.

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    July 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I love your style! Great post and blog!

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      Elegant Duchess
      July 13, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Hun xx

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    La Bijoux Bella| by mia
    July 13, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Bonjour Beautiful … love all the looks for office dressing and your lovely essential tips! Love it. Merci for sharing your advice. 🙂

    🌸LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

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    July 13, 2017 at 7:11 am

    wow love all the looks here! wonderful styling

    Instagram: @glamouraspirit

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      Elegant Duchess
      July 13, 2017 at 11:57 am

      thank you. You look lovely in your last post. xx

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