How I went from: “because I’m working I can’t have my own style” to “actually, my style is part of who I am and I’m not going to hide that”.
What I’m wearing:
United Colors of Benneton dress, Sans Souci via TK Maxx polka dot shirt, Stradivarius OTK boots, Fendi Petit 2jours bag
I fear I have been deceiving you all. Because for someone who harps on and on about the joy of everyday self-expression through clothes, for someone who loves piecing together outfits so much that she started a whole blog dedicated to the cause – I sure did dress pretty dull when I first started working.
Black trousers and a blue blouse, all hidden underneath a boxy black jacket. That’s what I wore for my first day at my first ‘proper job’ over a year and a half ago. I still shudder at the thought. So terrified was I of getting a reputation as ‘the fashion girl’ in a very corporate office; all clothes and no substance, I hid myself under bland, boring, shapeless fabrics (it wasn’t before long that my colleagues discovered my blog anyway, so that was a pointless exercise).
It took me a good few months to master my work wardrobe, but I felt so much better when I started to have fun with it and dress how I actually wanted. Considering you end up spending 40+ hours a week there, so you may as well feel good in what you’re wearing. Most importantly, I realised people wouldn’t judge me for what I wore, so long as I kicked ass at what I was there to do – my job.
It’s a fine line to tread; looking professional yet staying true to your personal style. I don’t work in fashion and though it’s not skirt suits and heels, I still have a corporate dress code to adhere to. Every office is different, but I really believe you shouldn’t have to hide who you are 5 days a week. If you do, maybe it says more about that particular workplace not being right for you!
This outfit here is a fool-proof combination I wear week in, week out, in countless variations. A flattering, just-throw-on black dress is the pillar of any work wardrobe. In the summer I’ll wear this one on its own with a statement necklace, but in colder months I like to wear various patterned shirts underneath, like this one.
Do you have a strict dress code where you work? How do you manoeuvre it?
Thanks to The Busy Woman for these photos!