Get the Look – Working Suits Me

I talked about how wonderfully versatile a black blazer and pencil skirt are in my Back in Black – Work post. The same can be said for a flattering, classic pant suit. Whether you prefer wide leg like here, or a slimmer style like here, they are a staple in the office wardrobe.

I would love to invest in a custom tailored suit (shame they aren’t as affordable as jeans), but I’ve found plenty of affordable options by keeping my eye out for a bargain. I’ve found awesome suits at places like Portmans, Review (check the outlet stores for big discounts) and Myer. The Tokito range at Myer has heaps of options at great prices and the Jacket and Pants shown above are currently ON SALE, making the suit under $80!

Pair the suit with a crisp shirt to feel like a boss in the office or you use them as individual pieces to mix and match within your wardrobe and create a range of looks. My only fully matching pant suit only made it’s first appearance recently (here), but I’ve done this heaps with the skirt suits in the past, like in the examples below. (whoa! my photo game has seriously improved.)

Three outfits for the price of one? Sounds good to me!

I always think going black is a practical choice (is it obvious yet that I wear ALOT of black?), but there are heaps of options out there in different cuts, colours and patterns. Find something you know you will wear for years to come, that makes you feel fabulous and works with your wardrobe.

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Monochrome

Some things will never go out of style and monochrome is definitely one of them.

A slick, tailored black and white ensemble works on any age, at any time of year, season after season. It’s all about finding a cut that suits your body. This black & white striped dress has just enough detail (I do not envy the person whose job it is to match up those stripes!) and the right cut (defined waist and pleating around hips) to work for me wear after wear.

I dread the day it tears/wears out/doesn’t fit anymore – but it will give me an excuse to go looking for the next perfect piece!

Outfit: Dress (Portmans, $20) & Heels (from mum)

Details, Details, Details

What started out as a “I’ll just wear a simple skirt and plain top” kind of day, ended up with this. At the heart of it it’s exactly what I had originally planned, but a few little details make it something special. A classic pencil skirt with a graphic print paired with a t-shirt with a twist (literally) suddenly turns simple to stunning.

Outfit: Piper Cardigan (Myer), Top (Portmans, $20), Skirt (Review, $50) & Heels (Big W, $20)

Sass!

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That’s about all I have to say about this outfit, sass!
I felt super sassy all day in this striking, yet simple, red dress. The skinny black belt really defined my waist and the grey blazer-heel combo made the whole look professional enough for work.

Outfit: Blazer (Portmans, $50), Dress (Misshop), Belt (Review) & Heels (Misshop)

School Girl Tough

IMG_3021There’s just something about the oversized houndstooth print on this dress that makes me feel like a super tough school girl. Maybe it’s the commando colouring or the skater girl cut, but I feel that if I had this when I was about 13 years old I would have been the biggest rebel in class. It’s interesting how a simple article of clothing can make you feel like you are a kid again. But with the addition of a blazer, belt and heels, it’s bye bye high school, hello office!

Outfit: Blazer (Portmans, $50), Dress (Factorie, $5), Belt (Review) & Heels (Big W, $25)

Finally Recovered

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It’s taken almost a whole week for me to recover from my weekend – so apologies for no posts this week. As an Australian, I feel it is forgivable for me to be a bit slack for at least 3 days post Australia Day as it is predominantly a drinking holiday (at least for me), but I must admit that is not where most of my recovery is from. I actually had a pretty big night out in the city on Saturday, which, when combined with a whole day drinking on Monday, required a lot more recovery time than usual.

I ask that you forgive my awful hair & make up in this pic (from last Friday) as it was taken after a hectic day at work.

Outfit: Blazer (Portmans, $50), Dress ($15) & Heels (from mum)

New Digs

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For the first (and probably last) time ever – a clean room! No coats behind the door & no clothes on the floor! No, I have not had an aneurism, I just moved house. Right now everything is shoved anywhere it can fit and my clothes are all in suitcases/boxes/bags (mainly because I haven’t brought my draws in yet!) so it was relatively easy to clear everything out of vision to get a clear picture. It may take a few days of arranging and testing different angles before I get my permanent pic position, but in general I’m very excited to be moving into my new place with only 3 housemates (7 less than my old place) and *drum roll* my own ensuite!

Outfit: Cue Blazer (Hand-me-down), Top ($15), Skirt (Kmart, $5) & Heels (from mum)