What I wear to the office

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I started working in an office straight out of uni at the spritely age of 23 and I remember panicking on my first day and not having a clue what to wear. I think I opted for a play it safe pair of black skinnies and a blouse - very daring!
I worked with a lot of elderly folk and got into such a rut with office wear, I ended up donning the same uniform of black trousers and a 3/4 length top for a good 3 years until I moved jobs and started to work around people my own age. The olds used to notice everything and would make a massive deal if you turned up to work in a pair of heels or something,  ("ooh look at you in your new shoes, going somewhere special?") so I just stopped bothering.

So yeah when I finally changed jobs It was such a relief to be around people who still watched Hollyoaks and Xfactor, and wouldn't bat an eyelid if you turned up to work flashing a bit o'leg or a bare shoulder. It was like a whole new shiny world of office wear had been revealed to me and I couldn't wait to go dress shopping.

That was nearly 2 years ago and I'm still going strong with the dresses, why pay money for trousers and a top when you can get a dress for half the price? I've recently gone cray (maybs it's a midlife crisis) and have started wearing heels too; it started off with chelsea boots but now I've gone the whole hog with full on courts! So when Clarks asked me if I wanted to pick a pair of their shoes I couldn't resist and opted for these gorgeous and insanely comfortable oxblood Mary Janes. To be honest I usually just opt for Primark shoes for work but after trying these on that will be achangin'! I don't know if you can make out in the last picture but they've got this built in cloud of softness for your feet which really makes a difference if you're going to be wearing them all day, and due to the ultimate comf it really doesn't feel like you're wearing heels at all. I now want them in black, sigh.

Do you work in an office? Where do you go for your work duds?



14 comments :

  1. You're so lucky that your office is so relaxed on clothing. I love that first dress but there's not a chance I'd get away with it, I'd probably get sent home haha. I love those shoes, Clarks is the best place for formal shoes as they're comfortable and do half sizes.

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  2. Love these shoes SO much, they are currently on my (massive) wishlist I can wear nearly anything to work, hoorah ot no dress codes!

    Maria xxx

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  3. I always struggled so much when I used to work in an office, I was such a floral dress, tights and brogues kind of girl! I love that aztec print dress, a nice easy one to take from day to night as well…

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  4. Love those shoes! I always struggle with office wear, I'm the youngest by far and tend to play it down when I really feel like dressing up! x

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  5. These are such cute dresses!!!


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  6. I love that lilac dress in the first picture! I started working in an office a few months ago and having always worn a uniform to work I got a little excited buying new work clothes haha.

    I have to walk a fair bit to get to work so I hardly ever wear heels, but I've picked up some decent wedges from New Look and some really comfy-but-pretty flats from Dorothy Perkins that I wear quite often!

    Sam x

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  7. The first dress is a stunning colour! I started working in an office this week and had no idea what to wear so this has given me some nice inspiration :)

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  8. Those shoes look super comfy! Love every look you've put together :) x

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  9. I love the purple dress, it's such a pretty colour.
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  10. Great looks! Fantastic that you wear colour and print to the office- I'm all about that as well. Have a nice weekend! xo

    -Jen

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous! Such cute outfits for the office :) I love the lilac dress, it's so pretty :D

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  12. Haha "cloud of softness" that's what you want from a heel! You were always better at the platforms than me though mrs. <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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