I’m a creative type, I think it’s fair to say, and I like to think that this is reflected through my wardrobe choices despite my admittedly limited (to non-existent) colour palette. For me, nothing excites me more than getting new clothes, styling them with my existing pieces and discovering new ways to experiment with texture, layering and materials. My style very much comes under the ‘alternative’ umbrella, but while I can experiment to my heart’s content on the weekend, my 9-5 is uber corporate which leaves my daily wardrobe choices a little stale.
While the colour palette of the corporate environment suits me down to the ground, overall I find my lack of sartorial freedom a little stifling, and therefore the past two Friday’s I’ve started a new thing on Instagram where I show how I’m slowly but surely trying to break the corporate status quo with my choice of clothing. Since it’s been so well received over there, I thought I’d put together a little blog post with my 5 tips to add a little excitement to your work wardrobe for anyone else feeling a little suffocated by their everyday workwear.
- Silhouette: Ok so your outfit has to fit a certain criteria sure, but thats not to say you can’t experiment with the fit and cut of your clothes! I love wearing a fitted top half, and keeping the bottom loose especially in the spring and summer months so this time of year is the perfect opportunity to start experimenting! Swap your tailored trousers for a pair of smart culottes or wide leg pants, and exchange the pencil skirt for a maxi skirt. Not only will you add a bit of somethin’ somethin’ to your outfit, you’ll also be a lot cooler when the hot weather arrives.
- Add a pop of colour: Admittedly this is still something I hugely struggle with no matter how often I try and mix up my wardrobe, but I’m definitely trying to add more of it to my work wardrobe at least! I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the everyday of black, white or grey to the office so why not mix it up and add a dash of hot pink or blue! It can even be something as small as exchanging your usual nude lip for a bright and bold red that can change your mood for the day – and trust me your colleagues will notice!
- Texture: While you can’t get away with wearing full on mesh to the office (dammit) a mixture of different textures and layers can really help to add intrigue to an outfit. Of course it’s always good to make sure that the materials you choose remain work appropriate (I don’t think I could get away with mixing leather and PVC in the office for example) despite trying to break down the corporate barrier, but you may find mixing things up a bit gives you a daily boost of confidence.
- Statement Pieces: Like you’ll see in the picture above, a simple statement piece like my absolute favourite gold boots can add so much to a simple monochrome outfit. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many compliments in my life than I did the day I wore those boots into work – I had people stopping me on the tube asking where they were from, and as I walked through the financial district to my office everybody was staring at my feet because they were making such a statement against everybody else’s black or grey suit ensembles. I walked into the office that morning feeling a million dollars and it inspired me so much to stand out from the crowd more often.
- Accessories: If you’re reading this and you still think you can’t get away with the above, don’t give up! Quietly rebelling through your choice of accessories can still give you such a buzz! Whatever your style whether it be huge earrings, a statement watch, or a flamboyant brooch, your accessories can tell a story where your clothes can’t. Wear them with pride and watch the compliments flood in!
I hope this post has helped anybody suffering with a crisis of workwear related confidence. Of course, these tips won’t work in every environment but I thought I’d give you a little insight into how I’m pushing the status quo working in a fintech company in the city.
If you have liked this post, let me know in the comments below and I’ll make sure to include more corporate fashion in the future. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram too where you can look forward to a new Creative vs Corporate post every Friday (or Thursday if I’m lucky enough to have a long weekend!)
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