Discovering my work wardrobe
Buying casual clothes has always been easy and enjoyable for me, I love trainers and quirky jumpers and, if I did not have a standard 9 to 5 job in an office environment, my wardrobe would consist solely of these items.
I cannot believe it has taken this long, but it wasn't until I first cleared my wardrobe - and started to consider what I needed to add - that I really realised how out of proportion my wardrobe was. I was a bit shocked to be honest, no wonder I felt like I had nothing to wear. When it came to work clothes, this was almost true.
I suppose the big question was: if I spend 70% of my week at the office, why did I own 20 casual jumpers vs. 10 smart tops?
After some consideration, I realised the problem was the following. While buying weekend clothes was natural and fun, buying work clothes was difficult and something I just had to get over with. I was fully aware of who I was outside the office, but I had never considered the image I wanted to portray professionally.
It was time to focus on work wear and I would not be buying any jumpers for a while...
My most important assignment has been to figure out what my office style is. I am a big fan of thinking before buying and shopping has proven to be much easier when I know what I am looking for. Dressing in the morning is also quicker when you know the combinations that work for you.
I sit at my desk for a large part of my day so I favour comfortable clothes that are not too tight but look smart and put together at the same time. When it comes to bottoms, I love fabrics with a hint of a stretch and will buy anything that reads elasticated waistband (in fact, I have recently accepted the challenge to find good trousers and skirts that tick this requirement). For tops, I mainly wear shirts and fine merino jumpers as they work well in any season. However, my biggest revelation has been footwear and how much I enjoy loafers and ankle boots.
After some trial and error, I am more comfortable than ever with my work wardrobe. I am much more aware of what I like and works for me not only in terms of my lifestyle, but also my figure. This has taken almost a year of experimenting and taking fashion risks, some of which that worked out for me, others not so much. But I use every piece I buy as either an example to learn what works for me, or as a warning of what doesn't.
Here are some of my current staples and high-street picks, in case you feel stuck:
Base colours - black, navy and white Pops of colour - pink and beige