OFFICE FITS WITH A TWIST
Depending on where you live or what company you work for, what is considered acceptable clothing at the office can vary. But in most cases, office wear means blouses, blazers, suits and a tidy up do, and while these are certainly classy and traditional, they can also be quite bland (immediately thinking of Pam from The Office here).
Because of this ‘safe choice’, the same five work-approved pieces are so likely to get caught in an endless circle, going in rounds between wardrobe, you and the washing machine.
There are items of clothing that are considered perfect for the office (see above) and others that are almost frowned upon, such as jeans, sneakers and flashy t-shirts. If mixed and matched, however, I think they can make for suitable yet exciting office fits.
I do want to stress that my workplace is quite lenient when it comes to their employees’ fashion choices, but that doesn't stop me from considering carefully what I put on when getting ready in the morning.
Here are three cute and effortless outfits I like wearing, that are fit for work and stand out from the crowd.
T H E W H I T E S H I R T
White shirts are probably the most popular item of clothing to wear to work, which makes them a safe bet but horrendously boring. The good news is that they are incredibly versatile, and so they can be transformed into something more exciting very easily.
How about a shirt and a knitted vest? I have to admit that when I saw this combo the first time, I instantly thought "oh hello, retirement age," but I have come to really like it, especially as an oversized version like this one.
Since sweater vests have been around for literally ages, buying one second-hand should be no problem at all (I found this one on Vinted). They come in so many shapes, sizes, colours and patterns, so there is definitely something for everyone who is interested.
I finished the look off with some knee-high boots here, but I do occasionally swap them out for my Dr. Martens. Because the outfit is so neat at the top that you can get away with some grunge at the bottom.
P O P O F C O L O U R
Care for a bit of colour? Work wear tends to be quite neutral and toned-down, but it doesn't have to stay like that.
If the majority of your outfit comprises of very subtle components, then adding a little colour is absolutely fine - even if that colour is neon-green. Paired it with elegant shoes and a blazer (work-approved!), nothing can go wrong when you give your work fit a bit of character.
This also works very well with t-shirts with patterns and print.
D E N I M
Yes, I think denim can be worn at the workplace, and I will stand by it. In fairness, jeans are absolutely no problem at all at my office, but I know there are companies where wearing them is a no-go. Bit small-minded, though, isn't it?
Of course, denim screams casual. In accordance, they need to be dressed up to make them fit for the office. Blouses and blazers are very conservative work-fashion, which makes them a perfect choice to be worn with jeans. I picked high-waisted ones with a straight leg and rounded the look up with some chunky, heeled boots. The combination of this type of jean and and a high heel gives you longer-than-life-legs and adds some extra elegance to the look.
Lastly, roll up your sleeves and there you have it: An elegant outfit for the office with a dash of edge.
What's your favourite? What's your go-to for work? Share it in the comments!