Did you catch last week’s post about spring wardrobe essentials for the weekend – or during the week if, like me, you pretty much wear casual every day?
This week, as part of my spring wardrobe essentials mini-series, I’m putting my best working foot forward.
Yes, I’m lucky enough to work at home (if lucky means being able to hang out a load of washing as a prescribed break from the computer) but I do have to lift my workwear game should I have meetings or networking events in Sydney.
As someone who worked in an office for 20 years, I’ve loved watching the evolution of workwear during that time and since. It’s no longer taboo to bring a little creativity into office style. If you want inspiration on that front, Cheryl from blog BusinessChic has bucket loads.
Office dress codes still exist – and in some cases have got more official and are now set out in writing. Mostly these serve to maintain a standard of dress across the board – for men and women. There are also usually workplace, health and safety requirements pertinent to that workplace. However, I do know that there are workplaces out there that still specify some odd requirements. Can you believe in 2013 that in some offices women are still expected to wear hosiery as part of the dress code?
The most tricky part about dressing for the office in spring and summer is that the climate inside an air-conditioned building really doesn’t change throughout the year. It’s just when you walk outside for lunch or to go home that the heat can hit you.
The way around this is layering. And always having on hand a jacket or cardi that you can pop on in the office when the chill factor sets in.
I’ve got three work outfit suggestions for you: the frock (yes, I’m a cracked record on that one), the pants and the skirt. All three may not apply exactly to your workplace or your wardrobe personality but hopefully they can provide a bit of shopping inspiration for a spring wardrobe injection.
With the pants outfit, I’ve purposely styled this for a more casual day the office. Perhaps you have Casual Friday. Perhaps you work in a more creative, relaxed environment?
I’ve also worked each of the outfits back with black as these are pieces that you may already have in your wardrobe – adding a splash of colour takes them from winter to spring.
And, finally, you’ll once again find accessories starring in these outfits. Accessories are the easiest way for you to inject creativity and personality into a work outfit.
Style notes: Nothing gets you out the door in the morning more quickly than having an arsenal of frocks in your work wardrobe. One garment to throw on and you’re good to go. Frocks in a timeless style like this Sacha Drake one will serve you for many years. In the office or until it really heats up, the Metalicus jacket offers warmth and a splash of colour. Jacket off and you still can splash colour around with a necklace.
Style notes: Let’s combine a few of this season’s trends, shall we? A monochrome skirt is a new twist on a classic style and adding a floral blazer keeps the outfit fresh and fun. A versatile work bag will always be a winner but make sure its in good condition to keep your outfit looking polished. The height of shoes you wear to work is an individual thing. Wedges or kitten heels are a high heel alternative.
Style notes: The Casual Friday phenomenon seems like it’s here to stay – and some offices have a more relaxed dress code every day of the week. This is the perfect combination of dressed down office attire but is still a polished look. It’s also an outfit that can take you from the office out to drinks (dare I say, just add heels?).
Do you work in a office? What’s the dress code? What do you usually wear to work in spring?