As head of creative talent at xInfluence, I’m not just working in an office environment, I also host workshops, attend meetings, lunches, and events.
I need what I’m wearing to be appropriate, comfortable, versatile and on top of this to show off my own personal style. I’m working in a fashion and style environment, so regular office attire wouldn’t cut it.
With all these different hats to wear and not enough time to change in between. I have had to curate my own highly specific capsule workwear wardrobe. Items that look the part, deal well with traveling, sitting for long periods of time and that still will be comfortable to wear for 12 hours straight.
As you might imagine this is not an easy feat. But I have developed a process to find the best possible workwear wardrobe.
First I decide on fabrics.
Since London is pretty humid and warm during the summer months I decided to opt for silks, satin, linen, and viscose. All lightweight fabrics that will keep my temperature at a good level and hopefully sweating to a minimal. Silk and linen do crease a bit, but I think of it as character and try to be as mindful as possible during the day.
Then I look at cuts.
Midi-dresses and silk trousers are always flattering and suitable for workwear. I love flowy fabrics that are roomy and comfortable but still looks elegant. So I mainly focus on silk trousers and blouses, satin and viscose midi-dresses and linen suits.
After I pick my colors.
I’m a pastel girl.
Especially in the summer, I like to keep my wardrobe colors as light and fun as possible. You won’t find any black suits in my wardrobe at the moment. As long as I keep the cut appropriate I can go bananas if I fancy.
I prefer smaller patterns to big and love gingham, florals, polka dots, leopard and stripes. In my line of work, there are no color restrictions. If anything I want to be remembered.
Last but not least I look for details and accessories
I have a massive thing for details. So all my dresses have little things like covered buttons, interesting sleeve shapes or a neckline detail. This is where my personal style really gets to show off. It’s that wow-factor that makes me fall for a piece of clothing.
I also add accessories when I see appropriate and to vary my different looks. Chunky or dainty jewelry depending on the look I’m going for. Handbags, silk totes, straw baskets, you name it. I’m a massive fan of scarves tied in all manner of ways. You can really switch a look up with the change of a few key accessories.
If I wear heels, they are of the kitten variety. My feet would be a mess otherwise. But most of the time I opt for flat sandals or luxe sneakers.
I’m slowly but surely building an absolutely amazing workwear wardrobe for myself. At the moment I mainly have summer-appropriate outfits. But as the seasons change, I will have to add more cold-weather suitable items and fabrics.
It’s really lovely to have different wardrobes for different parts of my life. My at-home wardrobe looks nothing like my work wardrobe or my spending time with friends wardrobe.
Dressing also helps me get into the mood of what I’m supposed to focus on. When I wear my mom clothes I think softness and comfort. Whilst my office wear should make me feel empowered and elegant.
Writing this post actually makes me quite excited to start putting together my workwear wardrobe for fall. I promise I will do a post with my new favorites as soon as I have found the right pieces.
What do you wear to work?
Photo – Ida Zander.
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