If you’re a regular you may have picked up that I started a new job late last year that now requires me to be office bound most days.
After being home based for the last 7-odd years I didn’t quite know what to expect – in fact I didn’t have an idea what people who worked in offices dressed like. I decided to go for something that resembles what I imagined business casual looks like, and after a quick chat to HR my instincts proved right.
Our office doesn’t have a formal dress code, which is great since my job isn’t the same every day. Most days I’m desk bound with some internal meetings thrown in the mix, but on other days I have to travel for meetings, trade visits and even visits to our warehouse. I really do need to be comfortable as well as stylish – I don’t hide discomfort well at all.
So I’ve settled on a uniform of sorts – dark wash jeans in a skinny or straight cut, a button down blouse, pretty but comfortable shoes and some jewellery. If we’re honest with each other, it boils down to the shoes and accessories – it’s amazing what a few added details can do.
The best part about this look? I don’t have to change if there’s a work dinner or if I’m heading out for drinks with friends – I can just change my accessories and freshen up my makeup. I do try to wear a black/dark blouse on days when I know I’m heading out straight after, as I feel it’s most versatile.
I’m far from a fashion icon, but here are five tips for keeping the balance between business and casual:
- If you’re wearing jeans, stick to a dark wash that doesn’t have any rips, embellishments or fading. When in doubt, go without and opt for simple fabric trousers instead.
- For me a button down blouse makes all the difference between business and casual. I alternate between tucking them in and letting them hang depending on the length and cut of the blouse. I stick to soft fabrics that move with me when I need to pick up a box or reach into a sample cupboard.
- Shoes are a really big deal, and for me they can sway an outfit from business to casual all on their own. Even the difference between round-toe and pointed pumps have a big impact on how an outfit looks. I far prefer the way pointed shoes look if we’re talking flats, like these gorgeous ones from Superbalist – they have some more gorgeous flats here.
- Accessories and jewellery go a long way to round off an outfit. I recently started wearing my watch again and I’m also rotating my earrings, and I get complimented on them almost daily – it’s definitely something people notice.
- If you pay attention to your lips and nails, you can take it easy on the rest of your makeup. Manicured nails go a long way in creating a well groomed impression, and the right lipstick detracts from a multitude of sins.
This post was sponsored by Superbalist, who seem to have 25% off site wide this weekend if you use the code PAYDAYEXTRA. You’re welcome.
If you like this specific pair of shoes, it’s the Sweetheart Ballerina by Missguided and you can find them here on Superbalist, of course. I love everything about them – the blush and black combo looks amazing, and the fit is amazing and it’s very flattering.