Sunday, February 9


Perhaps it's the new year, perhaps it's the unseasonably cold weather and my inability to brave the elements for outfit photos but I've decided to do something a little different.  
Over the years I've had the opportunity to work in a few offices and have picked up a couple things style-wise. Even still, dressing for a new job can be tough. It's not as though the corporate dress code provides any insight beyond the basics - no shorts, no tees with swears, no flip flops. Once in your new workplace picking up what goes and what doesn't will be easy. In the meantime, consider how you can build a collection of pieces to choose from day to day, pieces you'll be happy wearing on repeat and that won't break your budget.

My philosophy for dressing for an office environment is: dress professionally, look like yourself while doing it. This approach has developed after 4 years in varying office environments - charity, financial, defence & agency; all women, all men, all scientists and all millennials. We must all walk before we run, so let's start with the basics shall we?

Make a list, cross off the items you already have. Keep your pieces fairly basic initially, sticking to neutrals that will mix and match easily. This will allow you to stretch your wardrobe further. Use jewelry, accessories and a few pieces of clothing you give you pops of colour and personality. I tend to gravitate towards minimalism and monochromatics however if your basics include patterns, feel free to sub them in along the way.

Next week we'll take a closer look at some options for bottoms to choose from - hope you'll follow along.


  1. Agree with ALL of those basics - especially the game face ;)
    Dress nice and add some of that confidence and you're a step ahead of the game!
    I find it really fun to go shopping for work clothes haha kinda feels like dress up to me since I haven't worked in any type of office job for long so it's still quite new to me :)
    Great post!!

    Cachoo Joo

  2. Office wear doesn't have to be monotonous in order for it to work. With a bit of customization, you can come up with something that is stylish, yet maintains its professional look. All it takes is a bit of creativity, and knowing where the boundaries are when it comes to office attire.
    Joel McCall @ Corporate Shirts Direct


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