I'm never going to be the type that has a job where I have to wear a boring business suit. But working 9 to 5 in an office job doesn't mean a boring work wardrobe! I like to look smart at work but I also like to show a bit of myself in how I dress for the office.
After four months of being out of work due to redundancy I started a new job at the start of June! And a new job means a new work wardrobe (well it does for me anyway)! So before I started working again I did a bit of shopping and managed to find a load of stuff that was still quirky enough for me, but at the same time work appropriate.
When putting together your work wardrobe I would definitely suggest shopping in the obvious shops like Marks & Spencer and Next and yes, even Matalan. The key to making an outfit your own is how you put it together and you can find some gems that you might not have expected in these shops. For example I got the gingham and floral trousers from Marks & Spencer! I was expecting to pick up a couple of pairs of plain black trousers and I came out with patterned ones instead! Another great place to look is supermarkets, Asda and Tesco often have some great options for work dresses or tops and blouses that don't break the bank. I got the frilly white shirt and magenta one from Asda. Add some statement jewellery and a great pair of shoes and you're winning.
Clockwise from top left: black culottes - New Look // trumpet sleeve top - Matalan // gingham trousers - Marks & Spencer // silver shoes - New Look // cream top - Next // wide strap vest - Matalan // pink culottes - New Look // lace swing vest - Matalan // floral trousers - Marks & Spencer
In my last job I had to wear a work pass to allow me to get around the building and I always despaired at how ugly a lot of the lanyards were. They definitely did not enhance an outfit that's for sure! At the start of the year I came across Maisie-Jane, a company that have realised aesthetically pleasing lanyards were missing in the workplace. When I first discovered them I was just about to be made redundant so wasn't in the market for one but it's a company that stuck in my mind. Their lanyards look just like necklaces with a clip for your work pass, and the beauty of them is that you can remove the clip and pass, turning it into a necklace if you are going out after work!
I'm running a competition over on Instagram to win one of these lanyards and if you use code FrocksandFairyCakes on the Maisie-Jane website you will get 20% off your order (until the end of June 2017)!
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* Lanyards and hair band bangle featured in this post were gifted to me by Maisie-Jane.
Photographs taken by me, except the middle image - images taken from New Look, Marks & Spencer, Next and Matalan websites. Image created using Photoshop.