Wednesday, 24 September 2014

What I wear to the office

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I started working in an office straight out of uni at the spritely age of 23 and I remember panicking on my first day and not having a clue what to wear. I think I opted for a play it safe pair of black skinnies and a blouse - very daring!
I worked with a lot of elderly folk and got into such a rut with office wear, I ended up donning the same uniform of black trousers and a 3/4 length top for a good 3 years until I moved jobs and started to work around people my own age. The olds used to notice everything and would make a massive deal if you turned up to work in a pair of heels or something,  ("ooh look at you in your new shoes, going somewhere special?") so I just stopped bothering.

So yeah when I finally changed jobs It was such a relief to be around people who still watched Hollyoaks and Xfactor, and wouldn't bat an eyelid if you turned up to work flashing a bit o'leg or a bare shoulder. It was like a whole new shiny world of office wear had been revealed to me and I couldn't wait to go dress shopping.

That was nearly 2 years ago and I'm still going strong with the dresses, why pay money for trousers and a top when you can get a dress for half the price? I've recently gone cray (maybs it's a midlife crisis) and have started wearing heels too; it started off with chelsea boots but now I've gone the whole hog with full on courts! So when Clarks asked me if I wanted to pick a pair of their shoes I couldn't resist and opted for these gorgeous and insanely comfortable oxblood Mary Janes. To be honest I usually just opt for Primark shoes for work but after trying these on that will be achangin'! I don't know if you can make out in the last picture but they've got this built in cloud of softness for your feet which really makes a difference if you're going to be wearing them all day, and due to the ultimate comf it really doesn't feel like you're wearing heels at all. I now want them in black, sigh.

Do you work in an office? Where do you go for your work duds?



  1. You're so lucky that your office is so relaxed on clothing. I love that first dress but there's not a chance I'd get away with it, I'd probably get sent home haha. I love those shoes, Clarks is the best place for formal shoes as they're comfortable and do half sizes.

  2. Love these shoes SO much, they are currently on my (massive) wishlist I can wear nearly anything to work, hoorah ot no dress codes!

    Maria xxx

  3. I always struggled so much when I used to work in an office, I was such a floral dress, tights and brogues kind of girl! I love that aztec print dress, a nice easy one to take from day to night as well…


  4. Love those shoes! I always struggle with office wear, I'm the youngest by far and tend to play it down when I really feel like dressing up! x

  5. These are such cute dresses!!!

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  6. I love that lilac dress in the first picture! I started working in an office a few months ago and having always worn a uniform to work I got a little excited buying new work clothes haha.

    I have to walk a fair bit to get to work so I hardly ever wear heels, but I've picked up some decent wedges from New Look and some really comfy-but-pretty flats from Dorothy Perkins that I wear quite often!

    Sam x

  7. The first dress is a stunning colour! I started working in an office this week and had no idea what to wear so this has given me some nice inspiration :)

    Louise /

  8. Those shoes look super comfy! Love every look you've put together :) x

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  9. I love the purple dress, it's such a pretty colour.
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  10. Great looks! Fantastic that you wear colour and print to the office- I'm all about that as well. Have a nice weekend! xo


  11. Absolutely gorgeous! Such cute outfits for the office :) I love the lilac dress, it's so pretty :D

  12. Haha "cloud of softness" that's what you want from a heel! You were always better at the platforms than me though mrs. <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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