This Judith & Charles dress is one of my favourite pieces to wear when I need to look “business-y”. It looks polished without being too staid, and bright without being cartoonish. In my line of work, I have to walk a fine line — having sufficient gravitas to be taken seriously, without appearing unapproachable or intimidating to the kind of clients with whom I usually work. I think (or hope) this dress helps me to do that. Although I have paired it with bright accessories for the office in the past, on this occasion I stuck with more conservative options. [I wore the red bag to work, but brought my large black tote to the off-site client meeting.] The pinstripe in the jacket added some subtle visual interest, but overall the effect was low key.
Outfits like this one are not necessarily my favourite, but needs must and all that, and I think it’s worthwhile putting them on the blog from time to time for a dose of (unglamorous?) reality. I feel pretty fortunate to be able to wear things that are more “my style” most of the time; I would have way less fun with clothes if my work dress code did not align at all with my personal preferences.
On that note, I’m curious: does your work code allow you to wear things you like every day, or do you have to “sacrifice” your personal style to pratical considerations? If so, how does that impact your attitude to clothes generally? Also speaking of professional dress, I would love to hear your thoughts on this article.
Another dress?! Another dress. What can I say? Blame it on summer — nothing easier than putting on a pretty dress, throwing on a blazer, and being ready for another (long, exhausting) day. [It’s the month of the never-ending hearing. It is … never ending.] I bought this dress without knowing what brand it was, because the label was rather mysterious; the details were reminiscent of Anthropologie … which it is. I’m good, you guys — it’s like a 6th sense.
Luckily, this particular dress has a non-twee silhouette, which means that it passes my new style rules. It *is* oddly waistless (or, rather, the waist doesn’t come in enough for my body shape), but that’s not a hard problem to fix. Belt on, problem fixed. If only all problems were so easy, right? Speaking of my new style rules, I refrained from adding any statement accessories — like a necklace — which would have been my first instinct until recently. The print was enough, I decided, and I chose a small brooch instead. I definitely think it was a good call.
Yep: another Friday, another blazer. In my defence, I did try to mix up the vibe to be less girly/frilly than last week’s. The colour palette is a bit sedate, so I added bright red flats to liven things up. This pair is reaching the end of its run, I’m afraid, but I can’t bear to part with it. The suede is unbelievably soft, and makes these shoes super comfortable, and I dread the prospect of trying to find a suitable replacement. I’m one of the people who *hates* shopping from a list, because I can never find the specific thing I need — just everything else under the sun. It’s a curse! Anyone else feeling my pain?