Monday, September 2, 2013


I've been working since I was 13, as a kid I worked mostly restaurants and bars, black and whites were as natural to me as my school uniform. During vacation time at uni, I worked a bit of everything from sales to subbing in for my parents with their business through to my internship with a legal practice, I know how to do work wear.

My current 'proper' job has never had a dress code, but we're an office, I sometimes see clients, and generally I try and keep it smart and simple, but I also like a flash of colour and a bit of interest... This is one of my favouritest work dresses

#todayimwearing H&M conscious collection shift and @clarksshoes flats.

I consider this to be perfectly appropriate, especially as I almost always have a jacket to hand should I need one at the office.

And this one...

Dog Print Dress & Cream Jacket 2

Sadly, com October first, neither of these will be acceptable. The original proposition was that women wouldn't be able to wear dresses at all, but thankfully I managed to have that bit scrapped. But it's all plain neutral colours now. Needless to say, I'm feeling a little panic. I don't think green is a neutral colour somehow........ So naturally, everything I have spotted, that I have had my eye on for work wear heading into the autumn is no longer viable, like THIS

M&S Collection Peter Pan Suedette Collar Knitted Dress - Marks & Spencer - Google Chrome 01092013 220001.bmp

I rather like THIS Marks and Spencer for a work appropriate and something with a flash of interest, I though it was a decent price at £35 also, seeing as M&S usually have quality down.

French Connection Marie Dress

This is a French Connection classic, the kind of piece I'd pick in any case, but if this doesn't tick the boxes, who knows what will. 

And last on my AW hit list 

Topshop Chiffon Dress

This dress by Love via Topshop is probably pushing it a little, as it's likely to be on the short side, but for all it's other prescriptions (preferably black shoes, anyone?) there isn't one for skirt or dress length. Can you tell the code has brought me over all subversive? 

I don't have a problem with dress codes, I agree we should be smart in an office for work, but I can't help wondering if it's all a little excessive in our particular session. So forgive me my subversion as I also wonder how often I will be able to get away with this kind of nail polish....

Saturday night sorted.

Anyone suggest somewhere I can ramp up my work appropriate clothing? All hints, tips and suggestions greatly appreciated!



Maria Fallon said...

Oh I hate dress codes, Hobbs always have lovely pieces if a little expensive and Tesco shift dresses are great :)

Maria xxx

daisychain said...

I hate trying to find work suitable clothes, especially on a budget! x

P said...

I don't think I could handle it if my work changed my dress code like that - I barely own anything neutral!

char said...

I've left jobs when work dress codes have been brought in. Or threatened to leave and ended up with a pay rise and an abolition of the proposal..