Workwear Lookbook

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Sometimes I get an idea for a blogpost that sounds cool in my head but then the execution is nothing like I pictured.  This is one of those occasions.  I had these grand plans for a Workwear Lookbook where I'd spend a Saturday afternoon taking outfit photos and then do a snazzy bit of editing and have the shopping details for each item overlaid on the image, sounds fairly easy eh….well, no.  

I've been so bogged down with wedding planning recently that the rare Saturday afternoon I am free the last thing I want to do is spend hours taking outfit pictures in my bedroom (this last OOTD post took me about 45 minutes and that was ONE outfit!).  So what we have instead is a week of outfit photos taken on my iPhone in the mirror 5 minutes before I left the house in the morning.  Not quite what I imagined, but at least it's authentic, ha!

jumper* - jd williams
skirt - new look
boots - dorothy perkins (old)
necklace - new look (old)

You can tell it's a Monday morning as these are by far the worst photos of the week.  I mean, what even is the angle of that second photo?!  I'm also not sure that the necklace really goes with the outfit, but never mind, you can't win them all.

dress - primark
necklace - new look (old)
boots - new look

Fun fact - I wear this dress every. single. Tuesday.  The reason being it's Slimming World weigh in day and I like to wear the same thing so I can be sure any weight loss/gain is accurate.  I love this dress though so I'm quite happy to wear it every week.  It's funny, a few years ago I despised tartan and you'd never catch me in a tartan dress but now I love it - in fact I wore it to a meeting in Paris last month (with my tartan scarf too), totally repping the Scottish look.

jumper* - jd williams
necklace - primark
boots - new look

This top has become a surprise favourite in my wardrobe - I think I've worn it about 6 times in the last month.  I don't even know why I love it so much, it's just a basic shirt/jumper combo but it's that perfect balance between smart and casual.  I teamed it with my new favourite brooch, this Parks & Rec beauty that B got me for Christmas.  Ron Swanson I love you.

dress - primark
cardigan* - jd williams
necklace - dorothy perkins (old)
boots - dorothy perkins (old)

My best Wednesday Addams look.  This is my go-to meeting dress, pretty much every client meeting I attend I wear it as it's nice and smart.  In fact when I was in Paris last month I wore it to a meeting and it turned out my client has the exact same dress - who even knew Paris had a Primark?

I've thrown over my new favourite cardigan which I was kindly sent from JD Williams.  They asked me to pick a couple of knitwear items and since I was in desperate need of a new basic cardigan I made a beeline for this one - it's a lovely slouchy fit that is ideal for throwing over an outfit.  I was really impressed with their range actually, it took me ages to narrow down by choices as I had my eye on a couple of other jumpers (like this one!), so I might go back and buy them soon.

top - h&m (old)
necklace - topshop (old)
boots - new look

This top featured in my last shopping post as it caught my eye whilst browsing H&M during the Christmas holidays.  The peplum shape is surprisingly flattering for a curvy figure, I thought it would just make my middle look bigger but it actually cinches me in at the waist quite nicely.  I went out for dinner with friends after work on Friday, so I wore my black cardigan whilst in the office and then took it off and added a bright lipstick to dress me up and head out.

So there's my week! I think Wednesday was my favourite outfit, there's something about that top that I'm just obsessed with for some reason.  What about you, which is your fave?  Also, are the mirror shots really annoying or does it still do the job?  Be honest!


  1. Oh my god, I'm starting the same series!!! Mine is called "Weekly Work Wardrobe", hahahaha. I think the mirror shots are absolutely fine. They're more relaxed and authentic, actually. My fave outfits are Wednesday and Friday, definitely. That shirt/ jumper combo is sooooo cool and a bit Clueless! And your boobs in the Friday outfit are mental. MENTAL xx

    1. Haha we are the same person! I look forward to seeing yours then :) And yeah I think they probably look mental because that top is pretty fricking tight, haha! xx

  2. Loved this post! I'm just starting a new job so I've been after some office inspiration. Thursday is deffs my favourite - shame you both had the same dress though!


    1. Ooooh good luck with the new job! And I know, what are the odds eh?! x

  3. One of my favourite posts to read are work wear related posts. I think everyone has their own personal style and dressing appropriately for work can sometimes stifle this - so it's great to see your own style shining through. My favourite outfit? I'm torn between the tartan-esque dress and the white collar dress. I'm so tempted to do a similar post, if only to encourage me to be more creative. I've probably been wearing the same old thing for years. It's my teacher wardrobe and I don't dare touch it out of hours! And, of course, happy birthday! Welcome to the 30 club! I fear turning 31 may be scarier!
    Donna x