I am a big believer you should always ‘DRESS FOR WHAT YOU WANT’
I’ve been asked by a few clients about workwear and how to build a capsule wardrobe or outfit build from your existing wardrobe for work. As jobs can be so wide ranging it can be difficult to pin point looks unless you know the specific person and their dress code for their office and company. But there are some key pieces everyone can work with.
�With the idea of a capsule wardrobe in mind, and my focus on sustainable fashion, I always like to try and make wardrobe’s as hard working as possible. By that I mean that it should be possible to buy items which will work both for the office and for the weekend, if you know how to style them for different occasions.
�A lot of offices are more relaxed in their dress codes now, with a more smart casual vibe than they have been historically. This plays perfectly into mixing and matching your current wardrobe items. There are 6 key items which I think you need to invest in for a working wardrobe and the rest you should be able to pull together from your existing wardrobe.�My 6 key items for the office are:
1. The Blazer
2. The Cigarette or Smart Trouser
3. The Pencil or Pleated Skirt (depending on personal preference and body shape)
4. The White shirt
5. The Blouse
6. The Black Trouser (coated skinny jeans, black leather, black tuxedo trousers etc depending on personal preference)
A Blazer should be a really hard working piece in your wardrobe. It can be used for layering and to smarten up less formal pieces such as floaty dresses and black denim or leather trousers. Ideally it’s great to invest in a 2 piece matching blazer and trousers which can then be worn as separates as well. Checks tend to be a great timeless option for this, as they won’t date and tend to be neutral, working both with muted tones and colours. You can also mix checks with other prints as it’s such a subtle print.
I highly rate H&M for their blazers as they are really well cut, good quality fabric, yet very affordable.
A pencil or pleated skirt can bring a more feminine edge to your working wardrobe, and these items can be dressed down for the weekend as well, making them very versatile. A white shirt or blouse worn with a pleated skirt and blazer is a great corporate look, where as for the weekend you can dress it down with a casual sweatshirt and trainers.
�Don’t be afraid of colour and print in your workwear outfits. A lot of people shy away from colour as they don’t want to stand out and draw too much attention to their outfits. You should be able to have a bit of fun with your work outfits and show your personality. Colour and print don’t have to be scary, you can play it safe or something more out there like a leopard print blouse, which will make your outfits more interesting.
If you really feel bold colour is not appropriate in your workplace, a good way to add some interest or colour is through your accessories. I love Zara for their accessories as they have some really bold options. This will help to lift any outfit.
The great thing about the current trends for SS20 is that blouses are definitely having a big moment, which means there is a huge choice on the high street. Some gorgeous romantic blouses, pussybow detailing and bold animal prints, polka dots and pretty pastel hues can all work well in your workwear wardrobe. Again, there are some beautiful blouses to be found second hand, with delicate detailing such as lace and it’s lovely to own something that no one else will be wearing in the office!
Once you learn your best colours and styles on one of my online or offline consultations this will make getting dressed everyday so much easier.
WARDROBE SORT OUT🌈🌈🌈
As you know I’m all about helping my clients build a wardrobe of outfits that will stand the test of time, and it’s especially pertinent in times when sustainability is at the top of many people’s agenda.
However, there is a risk that you will tire of the same clothes and wearing the same outfits over and over again. That’s when rash purchases happen, and I’m sure this will lead to familiar feelings of regret further down the road.
So, here’s my guide to help you stay on track and love your wardrobe.
Not rocket science but a tidy, edited wardrobe makes it easy to see what you have. You can organise it in any way you like but I life to put my wardrobe into sections- jackets / tops/ shirts. dresses etc. and within each section I hang similar colours together. By having a sort out there are bound to be items in there that you’ve forgotten about…so get them out, work out what you can wear them with and enjoy them! Move on anything that you’re unlikely to wear again as one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
2. Shake IT Up
Once you have worked out your style and built up a wardrobe of key items, your main goal is to freshen it up each season. That’s not to say I’m encouraging unnecessary purchases; as things wear out or no longer fit, you will need to replace them. This is the time to inject some freshness. It’s very tempting to jump on to the trend band wagon, but I guarantee that these items will end up in the charity bag next year. So, make considered purchases that will keep you relevant.
Let’s suppose that you feel happiest in well-fitted jeans, a classic t-shirt and blazer; your collection of jackets will no doubt cover all of your neutral colours….So next time you’re in the market for a blazer, you might want to branch out a get a jacket in a more vibrant colour for you.
3. Know Your Colours
Colour is key. When you understand what suits you, it makes shopping so much easier, and over time you will build up a collection of clothes that work with each other and look fabulous on you. I would like to think that you can fall into your wardrobe each day and come out looking amazing!
4. Reverse Shop Your Wardrobe
This is a really useful exercise for those stubborn items that you struggle to get rid of, but don’t wear. Take them out of your wardrobe and hang them on a rail or in a separate area. These are your go-to items each day. If you manage to wear something (and you feel good in it), it has earned its place back in your wardrobe. Whatever remains unworn after a month, it’s time to go.
It’s easy to enjoy your wardrobe when you have clothes in there that you love! If you would like my help to learn to love your wardrobe get in touch! Let me know if you have any questions.