Workwear Inspiration

April 17, 2017

So I have some exciting news for you! I’ve accepted a job offer. Which means no more freelancing and a steady paycheck again. Anyone who has spent any time freelancing will know how unreliable the money is. One month you could make thousands and the next month a big fat zero. This does make life difficult when you have a large mortgage and all the other bills that go along with home ownership. I have to admit this was the big draw in returning to a traditional 9-5 job. Having a job title people understand will also be nice. It also means no more working from home everything. Which on the one hand is great as I’ll have colleagues and won’t be alone all day. But on the other hand, it means I need to rethink my day to day style choices.

Inspiration for a feminine yet professional workwear styleNew Job – New Style

As I currently work from home my style is very casual. I’m mostly in jeans and a t-shirt which is fine when you’re alone with the dog all day. However, this new job will mean a slight change in style as well as lifestyle. I’ve talked before about how our personal style is always evolving and this is definitely a time of transition. I won’t go into too many details about the job but I’ll be working in higher education dealing directly with students in the college as well as assessing them out on placement. For this, I want to look professional and appropriately dressed. I’m also slightly concerned about being mistaken for a student if I show up in my usual uniform of jeans and a t-shirt. This has got me thinking about how I can incorporate more professional looks into my current style and capsule wardrobe.

I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate workwear into my super casual capsule wardrobe. I had already finalised my spring capsule wardrobe which I was really happy with before I was offered the job. So rather than going back to square one what I decided to do is to keep my current capsule wardrobe as it is and create a workwear edit. For me separating the two wardrobes makes sense whilst I plan out my workwear and assess what I need to purchase. This will sit alongside my capsule wardrobe just now but will allow for crossover as well. I reckon that by September the workwear edit will be fully incorporated into my capsule wardrobe and in autumn everything will be together in one capsule. However, right now I’m finding it easier to keep things separate.

Finding Inspiration

Like with pretty much everything my first stop for inspiration for my workwear edit was Pinterest. I’ve not had to dress for work (my last 2 jobs have been very casual) in a long time so was needing some outfit ideas. And as usual, Pinterest does not disappoint I found so much workwear inspiration on there. I know I want to channel that Modern Gentlewoman style, think lots of tailoring and clean minimalist lines. At the same time, I want to inject some more girlie features to my style like dresses and colour (yes I did say colour). The tricky part is going to be finding a way to incorporate both these styles without it looking like two separate wardrobes.

Inspiration for a modern gentlewoman work wear styleI’m still finalising my workwear edit but I’m really happy with how it looks so far. I’m aiming for around 15 pieces in total which should create around 3 weeks of outfits. To me, that should be plenty because the only person who will notice any outfit repeating after 3 weeks is me. And as you know I’m not bothered by outfit repeating. If you love and outfit, of course, you should wear it again and again.

I will be sharing my final workwear edit in a few weeks time. I want to have some hands on experience with it so I can give you an honest opinion on how it’s working. Also don’t be surprised if you start seeing more work appropriate outfits featured here. I actually think it will be good to add these types of outfits into the mix. Especially as most of you do work outside the home.

I’d love to hear where you get your workwear inspiration from. Any 9-5 bloggers, pinners or Instagrams I should check out? Or maybe you know a fab site which sells responsible workwear?


3 responses to “Workwear Inspiration”

  1. Lisa says:

    Congratulations on your new job! I’m looking forward to reading your workwear edit- everything you’ve got up above is lovely. I find it so tricky to be comfy and functional, smart and still somewhat fashionable. Hope all is off to a good start!
    Lisa |

  2. Rachel says:

    I used to work in HE. I enjoyed that balance between smart but not having to dress too corporate. Trousers and knitwear and the occasional blouse or dress formed the back bone of my work wardrobe but I could definitely get away with slightly casual options like a Breton with smart trousers.

  3. Emma says:

    Congrats on the job! I love this post. My work wardrobe is in desperate need of a re-vamp and I need some inspiration, can’t wait to read your workwear edit.


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