Look what the cat dragged in... I was looking through my camera memory card earlier and I found these pictures which I had planned for a work outfit post a few weeks ago, but then I completely forgot about them (life has been very busy lately!). I thought it would be a great opportunity to post these now, despite the fact that I am currently taking a well-needed breather from all things corporate... this outfit exemplifies perfectly what corporate chic means to me.
See, for me, corporate chic doesn't necessarily mean grabbing a pinstripe suit and donning some female form of the male office uniform, matched with a pair of boring mid-heel court shoes and a snooze-worthy innocuously black bag... This is 2016 people, we can all do better in the office (and not just style-wise, but that's a conversation for a post in a few months, it would appear). Fashion and attire expectations have evolved since Gordon Gekko's days, thankfully. There are a lot of ways to be stylish and corporate, like a plain sheath dress, or a beautiful asymetric skirt suit, and I tend to navigate towards separates a lot lately, although I think of myself more as a dress person usually.
One trend I am loving this year is stripes... with everything. From ripped white jeans for a Sunday brunch to cigarette pants in the office, I'm always wearing them lately. I know I am not alone, but I like how all the shapes we've seen this season mean it's easy to do a new take on the classic look. This shirt is incredibly easy to wear, it's super forgiving in shape and it comes in a super light material which is perfect for the odd sweltering day in London (a handful of occasions this year already, which could well be a record!).
Add some cigarette trousers, a little peplum jacket from last year (I've used this well, in fact so much that it ended in the charity pile a couple of weeks ago when I started my workwear purge), and that's the basis of the outfit found. Now for accessories... This is usually where I have fun, and this outfit is a perfect example, with the gorgeous lace-up sandals in a bright fuchsia pink from the Bionda Castana collection for L.K. Bennett. Aren't they darling?
To finish, I grabbed my blue double bag, which is the perfect size for a full day of work, as I can fit all my day essentials, a few presentations, a laptop etc. I picked the colour because it is a good year-round tone, but also because it's quite different from the ubiquitous light pink and black that we usually see this bag in. The colour name is Aviator Blue... One last note, if you're contemplating which Prada work bag to get: I had the double zip bag before this, and in my view this one is better, first because the longer straps mean it's a shoulder bag if you want, but also because it looks more elegant with the clean line stripped off the zips. Just my two cents.
Before I take a bow, here are some links for the different pieces:
- Stripe shirt, Kate Spade
- Cigarette trousers, J.Crew
- Peplum jacket in cotton tweed, from the SS2015 collection at J.Crew
- Lace-up sandals in pink suede, Bionda Castana for L.K. Bennett
- Saffiano double bag in Aviator Blue, Prada