1. Scarf:H&M - Jumper:Whistles - Cords:Uniqlo - Boots:TS
2. Scarf:Accessorize - Jumper:H&M - Belt:Beyond Retro - Skirt:AA - Boots:TS
3. Cardi:Land's End (best ever) - Tshirt:UO - Leather skirt:eBay - Loafers:eBay
4. Scarf:Accessorize - Jacket:TS - Skirt:eBay - Boots:TS
Yeah, another lazy post! Partially this is just an excuse to show off my new Topshop boots (pics 2 and 4). They have been my only sales buy and they were unintentional but glorious. I steered clear of most of the sales because I have zero moneyz but accidentally wandered into TS a while ago and these were sitting there alone and in my size batting their metaphorical eyelashes at me. They were so beautiful and so beautifully reduced and I couldn't not buy them. I've worn them at least four days every week since I bought them. I don't even feel guilty about buying them (I feel guilty about buying most things at the moment, including but not limited to food, travel cards, occasional drinks at the pub...) because they so perfectly filled a gaping hole in my shoe wardrobe - winter work shoes. My brogues are falling apart, my other boots are too scruffy and my feet get cold in my loafers. The trainer collection that I amassed at uni is going largely unworn and party shoes aren't the answer.
The above outfits are my versions of work clothes. I've worked at a whole bunch of places in the last couple of months - places that require entire, separate work wardrobes and places where I can wear my scruffy student clothes. Some of these places require a middle ground though. Suits and stilettos don't fly but neither do jeans and trainers. I've been working on ways to smarten up my actual, living wardrobe. I don't want to wear my boring 'office' clothes but I do want to look relatively professional. It is a question of seeing what is transferable - what can be made smart, how I can sneak my personal tweaks into grown up clothes. I'm quite enjoying it really. The boots have definitely helped! I must try to wear less black though...
How do you incorporate your real clothes into your work clothes? Or do you like to keep them separate?