How To: Style The ‘Casual Corporate Look’

Casual Friday's!


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.


How To Be #bosschic

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Balenciaga Paris Eau De Parfum, Oroton Barrel Bag, Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch, Kikki K Leather Personal Planner, Kikki K Leather Diary, Prada Frames (available at Laubman & Pank).

New year, new you – the way I see it, there’s no better time like January to reinvent yourself. Like many other ladies, I’m starting 2015 with a sparkling new career and a #girlboss attitude.

Determined to look the part of a savvy, switched on and stylish, Marketing Coordinator, I’ve invested in a few staple pieces to keep me looking professional and most importantly, #bosschic. After all, if history has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t rise to power status by dressing like a dag. Surely this explains Jacqueline O’s legacy (and the secret to marrying a Kennedy).

Presenting my  Top 5 Tips to looking #bosschic. 

1. You are the bag you carry.

Think clean, sharp accessories with minimal detail and statement status. I’m not suggesting that you spend your car down payment on a bag, but consider sophisticated, high quality, everyday labels like Oroton and Michael Kors.

Leave the print to the weekends and instead opt for an interest fabric, like this croc look leather Oroton tote. The gold hardware offers that detail factor without being OTT.

2. Organized individuals dominate.

Have you ever met an unorganized executive? Neither have I. While we can’t all hire an assistant to keep track of our professional schedule, a planner or diary can do just that. And if you’re a visual person like me, it’s nice to have visual reminder right in front of you, (with the added bonus of shopping at Kikki K).

3. Embrace your Clark Kent mode.

Gone are the days of those “four eyes” quips. Einstein had it right all along, intelligence is sexy! I’m totally embracing my optical deficiency with a bold, cat eye frame. One sophisticated new image and 10+ points added to my IQ later and I’m realizing the symbol of status here. After all, they are not just glasses, they’re Prada.

4. Your scent is your signature. 

Just as a fox knows its own scent, it’s pretty obvious when someone is wearing a cheap, sugary Eau de Toilette perfume. Save yourself the embarrassment and spritz on something elegant, in the form of a parfum. My favourite scents include anything by Elie Saab, Balenciaga, Chanel and Kate Spade.

5. Powder your nose. 

Visiting the lady’s powder room for a quick makeup touch up, has never been so convenient then with a compact cosmetic pouch to house your beauty secrets. My Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch has enough space to hold my Napoleon Camera Finish Powder and 5 Mac lipsticks- that’s one for everyday of the working week!

I’de love to hear your thoughts ladies- what’s your #bosschic must-have? For any suggestions on my next “How To”, drop me a line below or email me personally x