Getting boardroom ready is no easy task. From frumpy suit trousers to see-through shirts, it can be a minefield to find chic pieces that are formal enough for work but aren’t boring
af. So here’s some non-weary work wear tips for bold office outfits.
Pimped up basics
A simple white shirt – a workwear classic, for sure. Yet five washes later and a rogue black sock and you’re left looking more sash-grey than sashay.
Don’t get me wrong, a classic white shirt can look good but there are some great pieces that can elevate a basic into something that that shows a bit more personality. I personally look for pieces that have something a little different, pieces that have a bit of an edge to them – whether it’s an unusual cut or some embroidery on the pocket.
My personal favourite is this Joanie Mixing Business with Pleasure number – I love how the lettuce ruffles on the sleeves and neckline soften the white cotton oxford style, and the embroidered detail on the pocket is just a little bit cheeky. It also comes in blue, so I’m adding that to my wardrobe stat!
Another way I love to elevate my business dress is by introducing different textures. A velvet blazer in winter like this little number can really lift a basic jean and plain tee outfit, whereas I find silk, satin or chiffon blouses can add a lightness in the warmer months.
For example, this H&M is a great option if you’re on a budget, it comes in a load of different colours so you can mix it up. If you fancy spending a little more, Reiss do the best feminine shirts for the workplace. Their Olivia blouse is a great way to break up harsh lines from dark blazers or a full suit.
Big colour splashes can add some vibrancy and really lift a monochrome outfit. It’s not always the first thing on everyone’s radar when it comes to office dress but why not stand out and bring great energy to the room? You can be formal and bold at the same time.
If you’re feeling extra, there’s a whole host of great suits out there with a wide variety of colour palettes. I can’t help but feel like I would struggle to pull off a magenta number, but pastel shades like
If you fancy something a little more subtle, I find statement jewellery and bold footwear is the best way to take what is a relatively plain outfit into something that’s still suitable for the boardroom. Recently, I’ve been loving pieces from Oliver Bonas as they’ve got great usual pieces that can add a pop of colour to a neutral outfit.
I love the simplicity of this agate
Now the term casual and boardroom might not quite sit well together, but even the most basic of tees can amp up the ante when paired with the right pieces.
I’m a big fan of a statement blazers. In my industry, I can spend the entire day at my desk in some dark jeans and a plain tee (aside from checked shirts, that’s pretty much my uniform). So, when a client meeting lands, I can chuck on a patterned blazer and instantly make my outfit much more formal. I love the more ‘dressy’ tux styles like this one, and anyone that knows me knows about my
I love how Dancing Leopard dresses can take
Their shirt dress cuts can be really feminine and the tie belt can be used to cinch in your waist and create a beautiful silhouette. Their bright patterns and prints are not traditionally something you’d expect to see in the workplace, but they still manage to maintain an element of formality through the cut.
My personal favourites are the rose print and blue floral prints in the shirt dresses, and even the wrap dresses in cactus and red ditzy could work with a blazer and some black boots for
What’s your favourite pitstop for workwear?