Office Wear

Office Wear – How to make it interesting

Dressing for the office is tricky. As a personal stylist, I am always helping my clients to strike the right balance between professional but current, gravitas but approachable, office-apropos but authentic. It’s no wonder that many women’s default for office wear is to go for the safe option: outfits that are conservative and boring.

The problem with this is that dressing for work becomes a chore. It’s uninspiring and can leave you feeling a little empty and frustrated if, like me, you like to express who you are in the way you dress. Yet, how you dress for work is so crucially important to how you are perceived and how careers develop. So how do you inject personality and derive enjoyment into your work uniform? Continue reading “Office Wear – How to make it interesting”

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Why I’m Embracing Pink as my Workwear Power Colour

Have you ever watched one of those films from the 1980s like Working Girl or Baby Boom and really looked at the corporate style of the main female characters? You wouldn’t be wrong for noticing how much the style was influenced by menswear. All boxy, broad shoulders, pantsuits and pinstriped.

Nowadays, the corporate dress code at many workplaces is a lot more relaxed. Women feel more free to express themselves through what they wear. And that masculine aesthetic has much less of an influence on our corporate wardrobe.

I’ve decided to take this further. To eschew the boxy and boring aesthetic of traditional corporate wear, I’m totally embracing pink in my work lewks. But this rose-hued display stands for so much more than a gorgeous pink, sparkly sweater with pink stripes crossing through my trousers. It comes from a full embrace of female strength and recognition of its value in a work context. Continue reading “Why I’m Embracing Pink as my Workwear Power Colour”

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Palazzo-tastic

For a while now I have this image of what I’ll be like when I’m much, much older and well into my retirement years. That version of future me just doesn’t give a dam what anyone thinks of her and dresses incredibly dramatically. This future me probably has a string of younger lovers, a glamorous jet set lifestyle and drinks champagne by the magnum. She’s holding court at a poolside cocktail party somewhere in the Caribbean, wearing an intensely ruffled silk blouse, strings of huge pearls and beads, massive sunglasses, fluffy feathered high heeled mule slippers and a silk turban-style headpiece encrusted with jewels. But best of all, she’s wearing it all with amazingly luxurious and billowy palazzo pants. And she looks palazzo-tastic. Continue reading “Palazzo-tastic”

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Casual Friday

When I was starting out in my career as a lawyer in a large Australian law firm, the dress code was uber-conservative. Suits. That was basically all you were allowed to wear. God knows how I managed to get dressed each morning without falling asleep. I got on board with it nevertheless, believing that a nicely tailored, navy pantsuit would be the key to my career success. I tried to mix it up a bit and add my own flair, but back then when it came to a strictly corporate dress code there was a limit to what fabulous shoes could do to an otherwise boring outfit. Surely Casual Friday would have been my chance to bridge the yawning (literally) chasm between my workplace-lawyer self and my real self… Continue reading “Casual Friday”

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Three Tips for Planning a Job Interview Outfit

How do I loathe job interviews? Let me count the ways. The stress of putting together the perfect job interview outfit is only part of it. There’s the cringe-inducing, blatant self-promotion (“I’m a real go-getter!”). The outright lies (“I’m passionate about financial software systems”). And how to genuinely answer the question “What are your weaknesses?” (“I just give and give and give to my job until there’s nothing left inside”).

We’ve all been there. Fortunately, the job interview process isn’t something that one has to go through too often. If it is, then I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe you should look into why you’re getting fired so much.

To help you get through your interview without succumbing to self-loathing, here are my three top tips to make at least one part of the process less daunting: what to wear. Continue reading “Three Tips for Planning a Job Interview Outfit”