Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
French Connection Faux Fur Vest, Country Road Silk Shirt, Seed Culotte Pant, Jo Mercer Alba Heels, MCQ Alexander McQueen Tube Belt, Kate Spade Emerson Place Phoebe Tote, Marc by Marc Jacobs Skinny Bracelet, Michael Kors Reagan Watch, MAC Cosmetics Lipstick.
‘Casual Fridays’ have just become a thing in my office (yay!) and last friday I had the difficult task of teaming together a casual look, appropriate for a corporate office. I know it’s not rocket science, but it’s hard to get a balance between model off duty and professional chic right in one go.
This little style challenge got me thinking about other lady bosses that work in a more relaxed, corporate environment and the dress codes that fusion together casual + chic. What does one’s wardrobe consist more of: jeans or slacks? Pumps or points? Cuffs or sophisticated wrist wear?
I’m starting my prep early and pulling out a pair of culottes, as they have a great relaxed shape perfect for Casual Friday’s. Because I wear a darker palette during the week, I’ll interchange black with pink, in the form of a silky, oversized shirt, layered with a faux fur vest like this one from French Connection. In any other day you’ll see me in a point stiletto, but this Friday I’m going for a more casual heel in a neutral taupe colour. Add one flesh tote, a sprinkle of rose gold jewellery, a nude matte lippy and I mean business (even in my casuals).
See my guide below for the Do’s & Don’ts of ‘Casual Corporate’ dressing.
1. Choose luxe fabrics! Think sheer, silk, crepe and cotton in relaxed styles.
2. Consider footwear, why not opt for a thicker block/stacked heel or ankle boots.
3. Add texture, a faux fur vest adds a little glam to a work day.
1. Expose yourself. No one wants to see your midriff, thighs or side boob, keep it classy especially if you work with gents.
2. Wear thongs, crocs or any type of hideous flats that will label you as the office dag.
3. Pull out the skin tight, skinny denim or bodycon styles. It’s not a drinking sesh and you’ll want to leave a little left to the imagination with the colleagues.
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