As a blogger I see my fashion choices as an extension of my creativity. Having outfits that represent who I am and how I feel is part of the fun of fashion, and on a Sunday evening I love nothing better than to style my outfits for the week to come.I know a little OCD right?
But I find it focuses my mind for the week ahead, and gives me a chance to refine each outfit so I don’t have the dreaded morning wardrobe fear of ‘what to wear’. (In the past I’ve sat there for a good hour dazed and confused.)
Like most 9-5 girls my office dress code is smart/casual. The most difficult of style combinations possible. Going too smart and I can end up looking like the Female Boss, too causal and I can end up looking like I’ve just jumped out of bed. The line is fine and there has to be a good recipe of both.
Finding the right work wear inspiration is difficult, but I’ve become ever so slightly addicted to the What ELLE Wears feature that showcases the editorial team and their office outfit choices.
Admittedly I don’t have the budget they do (or access to the ELLE Fashion cupboard), but the ideas are all the same. Whilst I used to be the Wednesday Adams of work wear, I’ve since found colour and love to incorporate it into my style. Not only does it brighten up my day but it also puts a spring in my step.Having the right style at work can massively impact how you do your job. Even I’ve noticed since my little Sunday night OCD habit that I’m more focused. If you’ve recently started a new job or looking for one in 2015, I would strongly suggest defining how you want to be seen in the office.
Having confidence in what you wear and what you’re about, will help your colleagues understand you and what you enjoy. In my past experience in retail I’ve even known my managers to check out someone’s style credentials through a little social stalking. (And it wasn’t even a high end shop!)
Of course what you wear is never the be all and end all ofa job, but I feel that it really helps support me and gives me confidence. My favourite styles are usually a boots and dress combo, as these are so quick and easy to put together.
Accessorizing with statement jewellery and layering up with colourful scarves is a touch that can add a little texture and dimension to any outfit. But my favourite addition is of course a colourful shoe. You just can’t go wrong when you’re wearing great heels!
If you’re currently stuck in an office clothes rut, take a leaf out of my book and get playing dress up on a Sunday evening. A little Sunday night distraction will keep you feeling fabulous for the week ahead.