I’ve been put on a new project for work and now based in a very corporate workplace.
It’s a nice change. Everyone wears business shirts, tailored clothes, jackets and really smart shoes.
However this means… I definitely can’t wear my black distressed jeans, graphic tee and sneakers!
I’ve been trying to get used to the wardrobe adjustment. And I’ve been loving these few items…
1) Luxe flats.
Yes I bought a pair of super gorgeous Kitty Flats by Charlotte Olympia!
I don’t know how long they’ll last with the velvet fabric outer. But they are AMAZINGLY comfortable and oh-so cute.
2) An unconventional bag for my laptop.
I don’t like bags specially designed to be laptop bags. I find them bulky and too backpack-ish. And I don’t like the ones that look like briefcases or “carry cases”. Basically I haven’t found one that I like yet. So I put my laptop in a padded sleeve and use a tote bag. It’s large enough for my lunch too.
I am currently using a canvas, printed tote bag. But I feel a bit like a high school student. Plus it gets super dirty and looks a bit scruffy. So I have this lovely tan leather tote (Tote Bag by Madewell) on the way!
3) A blazer for meetings.
I’m the kind of person who keeps a nice jacket and a nice pair of shoes in the office or car, just in case. A sharp blazer smartens up any ol’ outfit… and I like to pop it over whatever I’m wearing just before I head into a meeting.
I’m totally in love with blazers from Theory Jackets. They look so perfectly cut, perfectly proportioned, perfectly tailored, but um, a bit expensive though. I’m also very fond of the blazers from Anine Bing.
4) A cute everyday bag.
I tend to lose all my small items in my big tote bag. So I do like a small bag to wear across my body to keep my phone, keys and travel cards close at hand. My Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, or my APC Half Moon Bag are go-to cross body bags at the moment.
5) The ‘Air Con is Too High’ Cardigan.
With summer in full swing, the office air-conditioner is usually cranked up to full blast.
Not exactly on the cutting edge of fashion here, but hey, fashion and style is a practical and personal endeavour that changes with your life – so I love diving deep and embracing it all!