Welcome 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.
Easier 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.
This 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.
The 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…
For 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?