Sunday, 25 June 2017

Dressing For The Office

Dublin, Ireland

Top - Mint Velvet

Skirt - Primark/Penneys

Runners - Zara

Necklace - Mint Velvet

Purse - Pull & Bear

I'm finally settling into my new job and as my comfort and confidence in the office environment grows I'm starting to get a hand off this dressing for the office environment thing. Today I wanted to share with you some of the things I've learned so far  (I'm by far no expert ) that make dressing for the office easier.

Back in May I started my new job after about three months in a job that was to put it nicely unsatisfactory both financially and mentally. I'd been looking for a full time job since January and thought I'd found it in the food sector.  Unfortunately the manager did not have the hours he promised and having rent and bills to pay, I really badly needed a new job.

One day whilst pouring out my woes to a friends aunt, she told me about a possible job that may be coming up in her office. Fast forward two months, I drop in my CV, get an interview and I'm scheduled to start work the day after Bank Holiday Monday on a temporary 6 month contract. Just in time for me to go to college and save up a little over the summer.

As if it was meant to be, the offices of my new job is about a 20 - 30 min cycle from my home but would take two buses and an hour and a half by public transport. So I'm due for a summer of great leg work too.

In all this brilliant meant to be situation it wasn't lost on me the fact that I've never worked in an office environment before. I've always been one of these people who make broad statements of how they couldn't imagine themselves in an office job. 

But I'm here now and there are many upsides to it. I love the routine of an office job, I get a lot done in my evenings now and plans are just easier to make. One downside at least for me, is coming up with outfits to wear. Like I said I cycle in to work and not wanting to carry bags of clothes to change in, I try to put together outfits that allow me to cycle and still look work appropriate on arrival.

The outfit in this post is a recent and now staple outfit for my "work wardrobe" it's simple, easy to cycle in and doesn't look too bad if I do say so . myself. Also the skirt has pockets which is a delight!

I paired up the patterned skirt with something basic and accessorise with a statement necklace. The last few days where the sun has been making an appearance, I've been cycling to work in shorts and pulling on my skirt. Top tip: Patterns are great for hiding wrinkled clothing especially after being tossed around the bottom of my bag.

I now have a small list of go to outfits and pieces that make getting dressed for the office so much easier and today I'm sharing that with you guys.

1) Maxi Skirt

I own two maxi skirts that I've had for maybe 4-5 years now. The skirt in this post is one and I have a plane grey one. Both were purchased in Penneys/Primark. Having a patterned skirt makes it so much easier to look put together with minimum effort. 

It's also super comfortable and can be dressed up with a plain top, tucked in and pulled together with a coloured or statement belt.

2) Dresses

Imagine an outfit that takes two seconds to go from zero to cute af! A simple patterned dress, like this one from H&M, makes getting dressed on tired mornings super easy. No need to accessorise, no need to find matching colours just slip on and go. 

3) Jumpers

How do you dress for chilly weather without looking like you're drowning in a ball of yarn? You get a really good looking jumper that's how. This mustard cowl neck piece from Primark is my go to office-wear jumper. I like to wear it over my basic grey dress from Forever 21, like so, and wear some chunky heels so I don't look like the mess I feel inside.

4) Cardigan

I don't have this but it's on my list because I realize how much I need one. Having a stylish, long, thick cardigan is now at the top of my wishlist. I sit right beneath the air conditioner in work and being the cold person that I am need something more work appropriate than my hoodie to wear. 

If you get anything at all on this list, get a basic, thick long cardigan!

5) Accessories

I have three accessories that I think you MUST have in your wardrobe, office wear or not. I had all these pieces of course from working in retail and having a style queen for a mum. 1. You should have a basic statement necklace that can bring a shine any outfit. 2. A brightly coloured belt. Be it thick or thin, a brightly coloured belt is like a outfit face lift. 3. Black/nude tights. Take your pick but if you don't already own a pair of tights...what are you doing? Get some! 

I'm working between the boundaries of this list and testing out new styles and patterns that I feel really comfortable in and is appropriate for the office environment. If I learn anything new, I'll be sure to let you know.

How do you plan outfits for a job without a set uniform? I'd love to hear what your go-to's are!

Till next time 


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5 comments so far

  1. Yay! Congrats on a good, new(ish) job :) It's nice when you can have a job that actually helps you, haha! And great recommendations. Cardigans and dresses are go-to pieces for me, and tights (I read a passing comment recently that young people don't like to wear tights? I don't know what young people they've been talking to, haha!). Beyond that stuff, though, I also really rely on a maxi dress I own (SO EASY!) and a couple of pairs of simple ballet flats.

    Erin | Explore, Refresh

  2. That skirt is gorgeous ! Dresses and skirt are my go to when it comes to office clothes! :)

  3. Congrats on your new job! Tights will be your best friend! :) Edel X

    1. I ripped my last pair of tights today and had to wear my other skirt, man, I need to stock up real bad!


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