Look The Part: Business Workwear

Look The Part: Business WorkwearWelcome to the last part of my workwear series, which is all about traditional workwear.

I have no hard time whatsoever dressing smart in theory. I actually think I pretty much nailed the Saint Laurent business outfit in the second post of this series. But when it comes to dressing smart in real life – and I mean business smart – things get tricky. I could obviously just do some shopping and get myself a proper suit and a few nice shirts, but the challenge I set myself was to create two outfits – creative and business – from whatever was hidden in the depths of my wardrobe.

Look The Part: Business WorkwearEasier said than done. The last time I had to wear a suit was years ago, and since then I have definitely “outgrown” all of my matching suits. So I went on the search for alternatives, and  quickly realised that I had the ideal pencil skirt for business purposes hanging in my wardrobe.

Look The Part: Business WorkwearThis leather skirt* from Reiss (similar here) has the perfect length for formal occasions, but looks a lot fresher than the classic suit skirt. Shoe-wise, I’d always opt for flats, even when we’re talking business. I literally cannot bear the thought of wearing heels for 8 hours straight – or longer – so unless it’s really necessary, I’d rather wear a smart pair of flats. And what pair of mine would be more suited than these beautiful Astrid Derbies* from Hobbs? They’re smart, elegant and just a little edgy.

Look The Part: Business WorkwearThe only real challenge after all was the shirt. If we pretended for a second that the Tommy Hilfiger shirt (similar here) was fitted and had long sleeves, it would have been my perfect choice, but as this is not the case, it is sadly only a compromise. I could have gone for an all white blouse instead – got plenty of those – but I guess that would have been just a tad too easy…oh well…

Look The Part: Business WorkwearFor business occasions, I’d always choose a relatively big bag, in this case one from H&M, that has enough space for documents, a sneaky pair of flip flops (should I decide to wear heels for once), and everything else I might need for a long day in the office. Last but not least I decided to accessorize my neck with a beautiful necklace* from Phase Eight to add some glamour to the outfit.

What do you think of the look? Yay or nay?

  • http://www.pperlenoirstyle.com Elena Miroslava Cuesta Rodrígu
    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks so much Elena 🙂 xx

  • Rachel

    Love this outfit! And who said you weren’t a lady? 😉 XX

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Awe sweetie! I actually bought two dresses the other day…proud? 😀 xx

      • Rachel

        Super proud! 😀 Can’t wait to see which perfect combinations you come up with 🙂

  • jointyicroissanty

    Professional outfit but also very fashionable and feminine! This skirt looks fabulous and necklace added a little bit of glamorous!


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks so much babe! I was trying to make it as fashionable as possible. I’m glad I succeeded 🙂 xx

  • Coco

    Very interesting, I will check out the previous parts too!
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks Coco! I hope you like them 🙂 xx

  • borka gamero

    How beautiful ! This is Such an inspiration!
    Kisses from Miami,

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks a million Borka! I’m so happy you like the outfit 🙂 xx

  • http://www.bibigoeschic.com Bibi

    Yay for sure! I love how you can dress both parts, business and creative, and still look so good in both! Love the outfit 🙂 Xx


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks sweetie! It’s always a pleasure to read your comments! I definitely feel more comfortable in creative workwear, but who knows, maybe one day I’ll actually have to look smart at work 😉 xx

  • http://www.sophisticatedinstyle.com/ Lauren

    I think the leather skirt gives the traditional work look a little bit of a twist (in a good way!). This is such a lovely look. Great necklace too.

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks so much Lauren! That’s exactly what I was going for 🙂 xx

  • Bianca Marie

    Such a brilliant idea to wear those shoes to work! Great post!

    You might as well like my new blog post: Outfit: Refined Rocker


    Lil Miss Bianca


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks Bianca! That’s so sweet of you 🙂 xx