Back in Black – Work


Dressing for work can be hard at the best of times. You want to be professional, but you still want to be you. There is a fine line that can be a little blurry in some office environments.

I remember my very first day in a super corporate office at the tender age of 20. I was expecting to walk into an office of 40+ year old males, so I played it safe and turned up in a matching grey suit with a crisp white shirt. From day one I knew this wasn’t the level of dress expected from me. I started to mix it up with trendier pieces and bright colours and 4 years down the track I was constantly pushing the envelope with what I wore to work.

If you are new to the corporate world I believe it’s best to start conservative and slowly suss out what is acceptable in your office and there is nothing safer than all black.

It’s definitely worth investing in a great black blazer and pencil skirt – whether you currently work in an corporate office or not. They are truly timeless and can be worn with a myriad of things to a range of occasions. When I say “investing” I mean taking the time to find the one that’s right for you, not necessarily money. This black Cue blazer has been my go to for many years now and was given to me in a bag of hand-me-downs from a family friend (the same one my leggings were from in my Sporty post) and the pencil skirt I picked up in an opshop for $6 when I first started working.

Once you have these two items there is so much you can do make it work all year round. Check out this pinterest board for some inspiration.

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I’m a huge fan of a satin frill front shirt (examples here and here) over a traditional button up shirt. I love the flow and the contrast of texture, making an all black outfit like this feel a little less mono-toned. It’s also the easiest part of this look to add a bit of a colour or pattern to. I have quite a collection of this style of top in a range of colours and patterns that I have collected over the last 5 years, but depending on your work environment you could switch this up with anything from a cute jumper to a cool vintage t-shirt.

After spending over 4 years doing 9 to 5 I have amassed quite a substantial work wardrobe with blazers and pencil skirts in a range of colours and patterns. Find what works for you and your specific environment and make it yours.



The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Part 1

It’s been a bit quiet  here on EK’s Daily Dress lately. But good things come to those who wait!

As mentioned here, I’m at home for the Easter long weekend to go through a huge amount of old clothes in preparation for selling them – both at markets and online.

Despite arriving after 10pm last night, mum and I got straight into it, going through some of the nicer and more unusual vintage pieces that have come from a huge variety of places including garage sales, opshops, friends, grandparents and mum’s pre-children wardrobe – 80’s much?

Check out some of my favourite finds so far:

{amazing 80’s jumper – trying to encourage my brother to keep}

{shirt dress & jumper dresses – mum’s favourites from 1987}

{vintage high waisted pants that were a perfect fit on me – KEEPING!}


{mum modelling an unusual use of animal print, awful or awesome? What do you think?}


  {loving this two toned vintage bag – KEEPING!}

{vintage socks, mint condition, 39 cents, any takers?}


{wide brim hats are so hot right now!}


{These vintage Dunlop Volleys could be mistaken for brand new – they haven’t changed the design in over 30 years!}

St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

I never miss an opportunity to be festive and dress in a theme and today it’s all about green. It actually took me a while to settle on this work appropriate St Paddy’s outfit because it turns out I own a lot of green! When considering what work appropriate items I had I found a green blazer, cardigan, jumper, top, skirt and belt. In the end I decided I don’t have enough excuses to wear this awesome vintage green belt and decided to base my outfit around that.

I plan to wear something a little more out there when I go out for a drink (or two) tonight – green beer anyone?

Outfit: Country Road Cardigan, Top (Jacqui E), Belt (Vintage), Forecast Skirt (Opshop, $6) & Heels (BooHoo, $35)

Clean & Green

After a weekend at a music festival it’s fair to say I was a little dirty. Nothing feels better than having a long hot shower after three days of dancing in the dirt. I think I cleaned up pretty good. Simple and sleek on the bottom and a pop of colour on the top, it’s a fair cry from the cut-offs and crop tops I rocked on the weekend.

Outfit: Blazer (7Angels), Basque Top (Myer), Skirt (OpShop) & Heels (Big W)

The Festival Feeling

It has been just over 2 months since my last Music Festival and I’m definitely missing it. For the long weekend I’m off to Golden Plains Music Festival, the fourth of five festivals I’m attending this season. What better way to get in the mood then sneaking a cheeky festival T-Shirt into my work wardrobe. Thankfully not many people noticed and my boss even said I had a “groovy outfit”.

Outfit: Blazer (Jacqui E, $50), T-Shirt (Lawsfest 2014, $10), Pants (Thailand, $10) & London Rebel Heels (Opshop, $4)

{“Lawsfest 2014” hidden under my blazer}

Something Different

At a glance there isn’t anything overly special about this look. But thinking back to my style a year ago, there are several elements to this that are very different for me. Lets start at the bottom: shoes that are anything but black, pants instead of a skirt, an untucked shirt that is neither billowy or collared, no blazer and, though it’s hard to see here, decorative hair clips – which I’m fairly sure I haven’t worn since high school.

Outfit: Top (Opshop), Mix Pants (OpShop, $1) & London Rebel Heels (OpShop, $4)

{only just realised I’m entirely dressed by the OpShop}

Touches of Tan


I have worn out about 7 pair of black work heels in the last 2 years. I wear them to death – literally. So lately I have endeavoured to wear different shoes as often as I can. These vintage Italian leather booties are like butter on my feet, they are the perfect cut and a great colour to change up from my usual black. Even better, they match with this great top. Definitely going to give them a bit more of a run this year – especially come winter!

Outfit: Cardigan (Misshop), Top (Events, $20), Skirt (Opshop) & Booties (Vintage, $40)