Workwear dressing is hard. Gone are the days of a simple suit being the only option, offices are becoming increasingly casual and jeans Friday is seeping through into jeans Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday.
Pretty skater dresses are becoming increasingly popular in my workplace but these pose their own problems. Throw in a heavy chest and booty the size of France and a skater dress can, frequently, become a scarcely-there number. Now I’m a big believer that the length of my skirt does not affect how I work – because why would it? Sadly, not everyone in the office feels the same and office politics is far too often focused on whether or not work attire is appropriate. I personally hate that this is the case – I’m a big believer in wear what you want when you want, but office dress codes do have to be followed and, as I work in a fairly corporate environment, I have developed a timelessly stylish workwear wardrobe that suits multiple occasions.
This simply cut wiggle dress is a very easy look for work. On days when I need to look extra sophisticated but I don’t have the time, or energy, to coordinate an outfit I simply throw on one of my favourite dresses.
You can never go wrong and I keep a stock of them in my wardrobe for wearing at any point. This ASOS Curve Plain Wiggle Dress is a perfect dress that will really wow in any boardroom and can easily be worn out for dinner or drinks in the evening. It comes in multiple colour options so there really is a dress for everyone.
I actually own about 6 pairs of black workwear trousers and a further 10 different blazers. It’s such a timeless, classic combination that will never go out of fashion and will look endlessly chic. Regular readers will recognise this Lavish Alice blazer that I reviewed last week – its a slightly more dramatic blazer than my usual style but I think it really gives me an added edge for those days I need a little power dressing.
All my trousers are high-waisted to prevent any peeping knickers when bending over the water cooler and they come in variety of lengths to keep me ticking through all seasons. These ASOS Curve Cigarette trousers also comes with a belt and stops any back gaping when bending over.
I love a floral skirt – it brings lightness into the office. A pencil shape is very classic and I like mine to be ultra high-waisted although I also enjoy a good 50s full skirt in the office – especially when worn with an old fashioned blouse like this Marks & Spencer White Shirt.
This Elvi skirt looks great with a shirt or camisole (for warmer weather) and a simple polo neck (for cooler weather). It looks equally great with ballet pumps, if heels are a no, and is one of those investment pieces that can be worn year after year.
This a slightly more casual look for me, and very much my daily wardrobe of a skirt and a polo neck or t-shirt. I love a midi skirt for timeless elegance, especially when paired with knee-high boots during autumn/winter and the added lace panel of this RI Plus Khaki Skirt adds just a little hint of work-appropriate va-va-voom.
My climate controlled office actually means the winter months are very cold at my desk – so a black turtle neck has quickly become my go to items for keeping toasty whilst typing. I may break into colour this year, but nothing too bold!
I hope you find a little workwear inspiration from this post – I’d love to know if you have any go-to workwear items or looks.