Green Blazer

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If there is one thing I miss about my old job (apart from all the rad people I used to work with) it’s the dress code. As much as I love a little bit more freedom in choosing what I wear, there was something really satisfying about getting up everyday and putting on a blazer and a pair of heels. It also made my slightly quirky sense of style stand out a bit more.

We all know I’m a fan of basic blacks, but its great to mix it up with some cheap and cheerful pieces like this green blazer. I love the matchy-matchy feel with this blouse and classic black pants, but I have been known to rock it with a red skirt and festive tee come Christmas time.

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Jump(suit)ing into the weekend

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Happy end of the work week!

What better way to celebrate than with a fun Friday outfit.

You may recall this look from Ladies Night and it follows all my ideas from my Going Out post, so much so it’s actually the same look with this adorable bow print jumpsuit in place of the LBD.

I honestly have not worn this jumpsuit enough considering I purchased it at least 5 years ago, but I love that it works just as well with a jacket, tights and boots as it does solo with sandals.

Well that’s it for today kids, short and sweet. Now go out and enjoy your weekend!

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On the Flip Side

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It wasn’t until I was writing this post that I noticed it’s a flip on this look. How embarrassing! I guess it goes to show that if something works, keep working it.

This look definitely plays into all the rules I talked about here. Classic silhouettes, fun colours and cute prints make a basic look a little less…..well….basic.

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Review my Closet

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When I started working in the corporate world I quickly sourced my go to brands for affordable, stylish and flattering clothes. But I think my hands down, absolute favourite brand is Review. It may not be super affordable, but they have several outlet stores in Melbourne (at DFO and on Bridge Road) where you can get a bargain price for these top quality pieces.

I purchased this pencil skirt (along with a jacket that matches) in a shopping spree when I got my first corporate reception job in 2012. I had scrimped and saved and worked every extra shift I could so I could have a little spare cash to get a new wardrobe for this exciting new chapter of my life. My mum came down to Melbourne and we spent the day on Bridge Road stocking up on suits.

This jacket is from another Review skirt suit, courtesy of my mum. I didn’t own a matching black suit and mum tracked this one as it got reduced at her local Myer and eventually bought it for my birthday a couple of years ago.

I find Review has the right cut for me, they always fit my waist and aren’t too tight around the hips. Off the top of my head I can think of 2 suits, 2 skirts, 3 tops, 1 dress and a pair of pants that I have from Review and I love the days that I wear any of them, and even better if I can wear two!

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Red-y to Work It

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I just returned to this post to find two words I had hurriedly typed when I uploaded these photos; “best pants”.

That’s honestly how I feel about them. They are the best. I picked them up for a cool $20 at Myer about a year ago and when I did I never thought I’d love them this much.

Firstly, I love that they are completely different to anything else I own (ie. they aren’t black). The slim cut is very on trend right now and the seam down the front of the legs give them a tailored-and-pressed look. I wasn’t wholly convinced they would be for me when my mum suggested trying them on, I was worried the white background would lend itself to all kinds of messes as well as the always dreaded visible panty line (VPL), but I was surprised to find that the fabric was thicker than expected, eliminating VPL and making them extra comfy and warm.

If all that wasn’t enough, I started looking closely at the pattern (some muddled combination of paint, flowers and fireworks) and could immediately see them working with my wardrobe in a myriad of ways. I’ve worn them with black, white, dark & light blue and red, like I did here.

This red long sleeved top can be a little over powering, but with the additional of my simple black blazer and booties it becomes a totally acceptable, and fun, office look.

I was feeling extremely good about my early morning outfit choices as I left the house this day, but was solidified in my decision when half the marketing team at work commented on it, which is always a good sign in my books!

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Vintage Von Trapp

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Who doesn’t love The Sound of Music? What better way to pay homage to the Von Trapp family than with my very own DIY dress made from furnishing fabric.

My mum loves fabric and has quite a hefty collection she’s been collecting for 30 years. She loves clothes just as much as I do (possibly more), both shopping and making her own, and has always had the knack for thinking outside the box and not limiting herself to a fabrics intended purpose.

She picked up this cute, retro vibe fabric from the furnishings department back when I worked at Spotlight. Despite being designed for upholstery, mum immediately thought it would make a super cute 60s inspired pinafore.

Played off perfectly with my heart shaped sunnies, this outfit is simple yet fun, perfect for a weekend of domestic duties, wondering through Camberwell Market and having an impromptu brunch with Helen.

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Working Suits Me

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I recently went a month without working. That may sound like a dream to many people, but to be honest, it was boring as hell! When I got the call to start work in a very corporate environment I was stoked!

It said in the description of the role to wear “corporate attire (preferably matching suit)”, so I was super excited to rock this charcoal pant suit. I purchased this Tokito City suit a long time ago on sale at Myer. I’ve worn the jacket a few times, but the pants sat in my sewing pile with the hem pinned up for WAY too long. When I recently used some of my spare time to finish all my half done sewing projects I pulled them out and tried them on. Turns out all I needed was a higher heel to save me from the painful task of hand sewing a hem.

I felt super boss walking in on my first day, despite being literally the bottom of the corporate food chain. I find young women, in particular, tend to steer clear of a full matching suit these days. I’m one of them most of the time. Being able to mix and match pieces allows for a greater number of outfit options and more opportunity to make your outfit uniquely you. But there is something incredibly satisfying about the classic chic-ness. Add a killer pair of pointed pumps and a complimentary black shirt and it’s time to own the office.

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