I've got a secret, and something tells me it's not going to make me any friends: I love getting dressed for work. Okay, so technically I decide what to wear the night before (I'm only human), but I think this enjoyment comes from the fact that at heart, I'm just a little kid who loves to dress up, and luckily I work in an environment where experimenting with style is actively encouraged.
It also helps that my personal style veers towards smart, so I'll take any excuse to throw on a piece of tailoring, a flowy midi skirt or pair of heeled boots. While others can't wait to get to the weekend to throw on their tracksuits and comfiest knit, I've always relished the satisfaction that comes with feeling polished and put together—so sue me.
But despite the fact that I work in a fashion-loving workplace, there are still plenty of practical considerations, whether it's staying warm in a chilly office or looking presentable for a press dinner. I like to think that over the years, I've refined the art of speedily putting an outfit together—it all comes to down finding those winning combinations you can rely on.
Obviously there are no hard-and-fast rules for work dressing—every industry is different, and every office has its own guidelines. But as it's always good to have a little inspiration, I thought I'd share with you some styling wisdom I've gathered over the years. Keep scrolling for seven outfits I've worn to work over the last month or so.
Midi Dress, Jumper and Blazer
Style Notes: This ASOS is a real winner: I'll wear it by itself in summer with slip on mules and light trench, but for now, it looks great layered under a chunky jumper and blazer.
Style Notes: I received so many complements about this Arket jumpsuit when I wore it last summer. Perfectly tailored, with a hint of safari chic, it lends itself perfectly to a wintery tonal look when layered over a white roll-neck.
Style Notes: I bought this pink knit for £20 in Wales back in November, and it's been a godsend in Arctic temperatures. I try to balance out the oversized silhouette by styling with kick-flare jeans and pointed boots.
Style Notes: Topshop's cult slip skirt is the perfect workwear staple (half the office owns one), as its fabric looks stylish but the length makes it office-appropriate. I love to wear mine with knee-high boots and a statement black jumper.
Style Notes: Midi skirts and heeled boots are one of my favourite workwear pairings. This French Connection skirt is a great statement buy, thanks to its wrap style and asymmetric cut; its striped cotton fabric keeps it in smart territory.
Style Notes: These vintage tailored trousers come in the prettiest shade of pink and offer a more interesting alternative to classic black. I've created a bit of a S/S 19 colour clash by pairing them with a red Breton stripe top.
Style Notes: I'm all about making my wardrobe staples work for all seasons: Case in point, this white shirt instantly becomes cold weather-friendly when layered over an animal-print roll-neck. To avoid looking too corporate, I've styled the shirt with wide-leg jeans and lace-up boots, but it would look just as good with tailored trousers or a slip skirt.