As much as I am obsessed with pushing the boundaries of what it means to be stylish in a corporate office environment, there are some days where I have to reign my crazy fashionista in a bit, all for the sake of looking professional, classy, and chic... Today's attempt at City banker style is thanks to a flurry of board meetings, some of my clients having descended on London for a conference.
I could have opted for a penguin suit but honestly that's just not me... In fact I think over the years I've let go most of my work suits and only own a couple by now, and even those aren't necessarily your classic cuts: they come with cigarette trousers, a boxy jacket, some velvet detailing... The good thing about getting older means I know what I enjoy wearing and what makes me want to cry in boredom, and a classic off-the-peg penguin suit is the epitome of boring for me. Instead, I adore dresses, they work amazingly well in the office, are super easy to pick, and of course there is no need to mix and match (an essential of getting dressed before 06:00 in the morning!)
As you know I am somewhat obsessed with Carolina Herrera dresses, they are so flattering and well-cut. Today's dress is a perfect example: with a classic shape falling to the knee, a well-defined waist and classical materials, it's ideal for the office. It makes me feel put together and confident, which is exactly what is needed when my agenda is bursting with back-to-back meetings.
When you wear a dress that's so classically cut, it's important to cover up with a similarly-minded coat, no room for a fun fur jacket or a cool parka here, na-ha... I kept it pulled together with my Burberry coat, and some classic black pumps.
Is this look edgy? No. Is it cool? Probably not? But is it totally appropriate for work and client meetings? You bet... Anyways, here are the details:
- Grey belted wool trench coat, Burberry
- Tweed and wool dress, Carolina Herrera
- Black suede Harper pumps, L.K. Bennett
Have a wonderful week everyone!