I’ve been suffering from the really bad cold which is going around, which means that I have been living in my p-jays since Sunday, so with little to write about and no back log of saved ideas generated yet, I thought I’d give a round-up of a couple of outfits from the end of last week
Thursday’s work outfit
As I haven’t ironed for what seems like a millennium, by the end of last week I was struggling to pull suitable work outfits together. The company I work for has a dress policy, but depending on the department you work for, depends on whether it is followed or not. Sometime the policy isn’t even followed in the same department – it’s all very wishy-washy to be honest.
I work as a PA to a Company Director and as I regularly have to meet and greet guests from reception I always like to ensure that I dress smartly Monday to Thursday, and that sometimes extends to “dress down Friday” if we have a VIP visitor coming in. I generally stick to dresses and skirts for work which I can dress up or down with jackets and cardigans if I’m going out afterwards. Dresses are my favourite though as I feel that they are so easy to just pull on and go!
Anyway, due to general malaise on the ironing front, I was only left with couple of ‘dress down Friday’ style skirts and a dress which needed the button sewing back on (I always plan to do stuff like sewing on buttons at the weekend, but then Monday rolls around and it’s still not done – note to self: must get better at planning my personal time!). I was already running late and so struck with a mild panic I turned to my Tim Gunn mantra and decided to go with a dress-down Friday skirt and “make it work”.
The sweater was another outlet bargain from LK Bennett in Portsmouth (£19 from £99 if I remember rightly). It’s a gorgeous silk mix fine knit with ¾ length sleeves. I put a navy Primark vest on underneath for modesty/warmth (air-con battle at work anyone??). The skirt is from White Stuff and I’ve had it for a while. I usually wear it with funky coloured tights and my Duo brown riding boots. This time I added my purse friendly and amazingly comfortable caramel court shoes from Marks & Spencer. These little beaut’s are a mere £19.50, they look exactly like the LK Bennett Sledge Court, as worn by every member of the Middleton family (even the dog; it’s true, I saw it on Mail Online…..) but most importantly I can testify that they are so comfortable that they can be worn for an 8 hour-long girls night which includes about 4 hours of dancing.
Dress down Friday saw me wearing my Boden dark denim A-line skirt, a multicoloured vest from Next with a Gap cardigan and my brown riding boots from Duo. The belt was a bargain from Primark for about £3! Normally, I would have worn this outfit with the vest pulled out over the waistband of my skirt – a hangover from always trying to cover my bum! However, I decided to tuck it in and stick the belt on and I was really pleased with how it looked. It’s amazing how my brain tells me to dress in a certain way in an effort to hide my lumps and bumps but in doing that I can often end up looking bigger than I really am. The sartorial equivalent of putting your head in the sand…..
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