At Fashion Mumblr HQ (aka my dining room or Soho House) – there’s no dress code. I’m my own boss, so of course can wear anything I want, and as tempting as it might be to wear my PJs all day, there’s a strong connection with my mindset of feeling ready for work, and dressing the part. During the cold winter months, working from home on a Friday absolutely calls for leggings and a cosy jumper, but on those days when I’ve got meetings, or I’m working from a Soho House, I like to feel more polished on a day to day basis, a smart look will self-motivate me, and it helps to have a selection of smart pieces in my wardrobe that I can combine to create a professional, polished look that still suits my personal style.
Depending on your work place, a selection of blazers and comfortable heels could be a good place to start, but if something as formal as a blazer isn’t required, then a lovely blouse and trouser combination will often do the trick. Choose premium retailers for the pieces you’ll wear time and time again, if you’re wearing a pair of smart trousers a couple of times a week, it’s worth choosing a pair made from high quality material, and that fit you perfectly, even if that means a trip to the tailor – otherwise you’ll just be picking up a new cheap pair every few months, and that’s never a good idea!
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Spend some time ordering a selection of styles to see what suits you. Do you prefer a cigarette cut, straight leg, or more form fitting style? Opt for a neutral shade (it doesn’t need to be black!) such as grey, beige or camel so that the key pieces work with the rest of your wardrobe, and then mix and match with a selection of jumpers, blouses and shirts.
A smart coat is always a good idea too. If you’re heading out to meetings, your outerwear is the first part of your outfit that people notice, this pastel beauty from Reiss is perfect for looking smart, but still in keeping with my feminine style.
Accessories make a big impact too, opt for a structured bag and heels to give a polished and professional look to your outfit, and if you’re clever, you can ensure all of your individual garments and accessories match each other by sticking to a certain colour palette. As you can imagine, mine consists of light neutral tones; pinks, greys, beige and camel all of which combine beautifully, meaning I can pick and mix and be confident that my items all work together.
(these shoes are my size, honest!)
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