When you are going to work, are you dressed like a work horse or a pretty little pony?
Perhaps my work style is influenced by the fact that I live near Melbourne which is both the fashion and horse racing capital of Australia. Or maybe I was just born this way. Whichever it is, I like to mix things up a bit. Keep it interesting and be an individual when I am at work…well…all the time if truth be told!
Since we are looking at work wear this week, I have pulled together some looks from my wardrobe, one that I have worn pretty regularly, one that I have worn before and two that will be added to the work roster.
The Work Horse – I wore this to work yesterday. It’s a look I have worn to work on a number of occasions and a style that is one of my “go-to” styles for work. As we are in Autumn and the weather is cooling, the autumn colors are nice but the weight of the fabrics is perfect for the slightly cooler temps. We’ll start from the bottom up. I adore these brown suede boots. The heel is the perfect height for work, they are comfortable and I got them on sale. They are Paul Green which means they are generous in the calf for those of us who have work horse calves! The skirt was a vintage find, cost $35 and is amazingly warm, well fitted and great colours. On top, a little cashmere sweater that was purchased in Hong Kong on the last trip. You would have noticed it’s in one of my favourite colours! For the trip to and from work, I have added a scarf, the trench (less than $50 from Target about 4 years ago) and my favourite old coach handbag.
You can’t tell, because of the scarf, but I am wearing a double strand of vintage champagne coloured pearls from my grandmother. I like pears, I know plenty of people who think they are a bit old lady, but I think they can be elegant or fun depending on how you wear them. On the left you can see that I paired a pearl bracelet, also vintage from the gran, with a few copper bangles to tie in with the autumn colours of the outfit. Even though I am heading to work, because the bangles are small and close-fitting, they don’t clank around are not too distracting for the work environment.
Dress for Success – Another great vintage find and to top it off, it was marked down to $5!! I bought it in the summer which is why such a great price. I loved the pattern as it reminded me a bit of some of the Marni prints and it had such a retro vibe! I have worn this once, not to work, with the grey striped tights and the Prada heeled loafers (purchased for $250 at an outlet store near Palm Springs, CA). The black bag is a little vintage in style but cost about $25 from Target, 3 years ago. I think this is a clever little outfit and am looking forward to the cooler weather giving me plenty of opportunity to wear it! Of course I also love the fact that it is a mix of expensive items purchased at a good price and nice items purchased at a REALLY good price!
Pretty Little Pony – This look plays off two Ralph Lauren pieces, the wool plaid pants and the cream coloured sweater vest. Both items purchased at the RL Outlet. I was so inspired by the pic in the previous post that had the plaid pants and floral shirt that I pulled out a floral print shirt from Target that was in the same tones to give this look a little print clashing that didn’t become a clanger. The vintage handbag and vintage looking shoes give this ensemble a real 40s look.
Well Suited – Okay, it’s not quite a suit. I could have done a suit, but where is the challenge in that? Instead I have pulled out of the wardrobe the most amazing Halston Heritage white pants. They are LONG and high-waisted, which I love. These pants feel beautiful on and make me feel like my legs go on forever! I found them in the 70% sale section at Shopbob.com. If you are an H&M fan you would recognise this jacket. It was purchased on my trip to the US in February and cost under $50. If you aren’t familiar with H&M, you should be! They have great stuff at really reasonable prices. To tie things together I have added in a robins-egg blue wrap t-shirt, multiple strands of pearls in white and black. My white $20 watch from Hong Kong and a Mulberry handbag. The shoes are soooo 40s and I take every opportunity to wear them. They were purchased a few years ago before the 40s vintage started trending big and I have had so many compliments on them over the years.
So there we have it. Some of the work looks created from my existing wardrobe. Lots of vintage, a few great designer buys and some classic pieces. These are the things that can add a bit of personal style to the bog standard work wear and help us all go from being work horses to pretty little ponies!
Would love to see what you all are wearing to work to liven things up a bit!
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