Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fashionable Work Outfits

As requested on YouTube and on my blog....here is my Work Outfits video/ blog post! The theme is more like how to make Work Outfits more Interesting / Fashionable, because I know that was my struggle and continues to be for a lot of us fashion-forward girls lol :) Here are some looks on how you can incorporate colour and trends to spice up your office look without being inappropriate!

Of course these are just my ideas and not every work place is the same- some places can have much stricter dress codes and in these situations you might want to take these ideas and maybe tone down the colours a little, wear a longer hemline, change the shoes or however it suits you and your workplace.
(Also you may notice that I don't have any outfits featuring pants! This is simply because I am really not a pants person but if you are more comfortable wearing pants please feel free to do so!)

The YouTube video on the work outfits is here. My YouTube Channel is here at Youtube.com/IzzisDaydream.

floral blazer- Ebay
white tee- ShopMarketHQ
orange buckle skirt- Forever21
Necklace- c/o Spicy Avenue (link here)
Heels- Bon Bon

Prints are a great way to jazz up your corporate wardrobe. Keep the print relatively conservative and nothing too crazy or 'trendy'. Floral prints are one of the safest prints. You can take the floral print a notch higher, by splashing them on statement blazer.
I complemented the printed floral blazer with a vibrant orange buckle skirt from Forever 21. The whole look is great for a summer office look with bright shades and floral prints. You can stick to just one (colour or prints) depending on what you feel comfortable with in your particular work place.

This gorgeous necklace is thanks to Spicy Avenue and is the perfect touch of luxury to my outfit. The design is so elegant and it looks so much more expensive than it is.
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If you want to be a bit safer, polka dots and stripes are more classic prints that are also suitable for the work place. Alternatively, you can wear the prints on more subtle garments like blouses and then wear a jacket over it.
In any case, keep these patterns and prints to one piece, not a whole jump suit. Otherwise it is too distracting and can even be an eyesore for people talking to you!

leather contrast blouse: c/o Mootta
Zip skirt: Portmans
Kitten heels: Siren Shoes

Leather is not the fabric you think of first when you think of the workplace, but this subtle touch to the collar allows leather to sneakily creep in! This blouse from Mootta is also made of silk, and this contrast with leather makes the piece very trendy as well.

Tweed is another great fabric to incorporate into your work wardrobe, especially for the colder seasons. I've seen some really cute tweed garments not just long coats, but also dresses and skirts.

When I first started working I found it so hard to find affordable work pieces. It seemed to go from Cue (a few hundred dollars a garment) to BIGW (Walmart-equivalent). The Australian chain store Portmans however came through for me, although I still prefer to go there when there are sales on. I got this skirt for about $30 on sale, and the blazer was about $50 full price. For my Aussies out there, I highly recommend Portmans for budget corporate wear!

necklace: c/o Spicy Avenue (link here)
white irregular cut skirt: c/o Spicy Avenue (link here)
White crop blazer: Portmans
Bag: Forever New

The asymmetrical trend has been in full swing as of late, with the Zara skort and hemline dips and peek-a-boo legs. This skirt from Spicy Avenue takes the trend into the corporate environment, in a more subtle and modest way. I got a size M (up from my usual S) to ensure that it would sit longer on my legs.

(taken from the Spicy Avenue skirt item page)
What I really like about ordering items off Spicy Avenue, is that it gives you detailed information for each product. So for 'translucency' the box was unticked so I knew ordering a white skirt would be ok and not show underwear, and 'elasticity' was unticked so you know that it's not stretchy, and it might be better to order up a size. I find this information really useful because sometimes you can't tell these details from pictures, and these details are very important when it comes to corporate wear because obviously see-through garments are inappropriate.

For some workplaces this skirt might be too short, so before buying skirts you should always check the length measurements if buying online. Some workplaces require skirts stopping at or below the knees, whilst others don't have this requirement. Observe the hemlines on your colleagues to get a good sense of what is acceptable.

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wrap dress: Sportsgirl
gold-capped heels: Portmans
choker necklace: Sheinside
clutch: Choies

Statement jewellery can be a great way to accessorise and complete what might otherwise be a plain outfit. This look is sort of more for after work drinks or for a desk to dinner transformation, or dinner with a client.
But keep the jewellery minimal. Too much can divert a client's attention away from the conversation and be distracting.

This wrap skirt from Sportsgirl was just perfect- it's trendy and modern, yet conservative at the same time. High necklines will protect cleavage-bearing yet the dress is cut to show off the shoulders. The wrap dress is shorter in the middle yet the fit isn't skin tight.

Here are some more general tips on how to dress at the workplace:
  • In general, when in doubt, be on the conservative side of the scale. Feeling trendy and showing off your new purchases is great, but it's more important to ensure you don't attract the wrong attention in the workplace....as this could jeopardise your career!
  • Have a look around you as well to see what your colleagues are wearing. Try not to wear anything they wouldn't wear, even if it was commonplace and acceptable at your previous job.
  • Consider to what extent, your role actually involves you representing the IMAGE of the company. Do you sit at your desk all day, or do you go out and meet with clients or important stakeholders? If it's the latter, you might have to take more care in how you dress as your entire appearance, is reflective of the company you work for. The wrong outfit could have damaging consequences on the business relationship.
  • Keep your clothes ironed and neat! No matter how fashionable or unfashionable your outfit is :) it's highly important to look tidy and professional at least! 

So there you have it! I hope these tips to make your work clothes more interesting and fashionable help. If you have any comments and feedback please let me know. And keep in mind again that these are just my ideas! Feel free to take these tips and change it up to however you feel comfortable with/what is appropriate at your workplace!

If you missed the link, my YouTube video on these outfits is here.

The first person to be featured on my new 'Reader Feature' section is a pretty formidable one! Here's Stephanie from Faiiint.com, from London. She has the most enviable and gorgeous black pieces which she  always finds a way to style in an interesting, refreshing and fashionable way. Besides the beautiful pictures her post content is always a pleasure to read as well. She has the most amazing illustrations (click here) and her particular artistic style and talent definitely seem to be reflected in her fashion too. And as you can tell she's absolutely stunning to boot! :)

Keep in touch with Steph at her blog Faiiint.com, and check out her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter :)

hope everyone is having a great week so far!


  1. Perfect looks and interesting tips!!!!
    I'm following you back now.... keep in touch darling!

  2. Lovely outfits! I like that floral blazer, and the zip detail skirt! I have a similar one (but longer, pencil skirt) from Asos! It's a nice little detail to add some interest to an otherwise plain skirt :)

    Away From The Blue

  3. It's a great great post! and I like all the ideas, thank you!!! (I follow you from now, you have an amazing blog)

  4. I've eyeing the Portmans skirt since it came out but I didn't want to fork out (about $80?) for it, it's a shame I have to wear loose work trousers (pants are a better alternative to skirts if you are going to be sitting on the floor doing the paperwork). It looks lovely on you.

  5. All of the outfits look great. I think my fave is the one with the floral and orange skirt.
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my last post <3

  6. Wow!!!
    Really, what an exclusive combination, style & design as well.
    I would discuss about such designing creation among my close-fellows, so that they can interact you and could promote vastly next to the public.
    Thanks for this great sharing with us what I really needed.
    Keep posting such efforts.

  7. These are such stylish looks for work! I used to work at an office and I'd have to get super creative so that I wouldn't get bored with my looks lol. The dress code was REALLY strict. No skirts above the knee, no jeans, etc. I kind of miss dressing up, though.

    Just found your blog and I'm glad I did :) I'm now following you through GFC and Bloglovin. And I fanned you on lookbook!

    xo Azu


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  9. i loooooooooooooove the orange skirt =)


  10. Oooh, love that first work outfit - the colorful skirt and fun floral blazer are perfect together! They make me smile :)
    Also, Stephanie's blog is one of my favorites! She's such an edgy fashion blogger, I love her looks

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  11. Izzy, firstly, thankyou so much for the feature & such kind words too! You really made my day, it's an honour! :)
    I love all of these looks, dressing for work without looking boring can be so tricky, but you've nailed it here. I think the silk blouse outfit is my favourite, its the perfect mix of relaxed, elegant & smart all in one. I love the last outfit too, the Sportsgirl dress is beautiful, I so wish we had one here! Totally agree with your tips too, especially the one about being neat - when I worked in office the amount of people that would show up wearing an un-ironed shirt was shocking! It looks so bad & like you don't care or have pride in your role.

  12. I love all the outfits you are wearing here! (you are so lucky to have warm enough weather to wear dresses/skirts hehe) I don't work yet, but I do have interviews coming out and this post was really helpful for that! I know that there has to be a balance between work and fun and I think you go it here with your outfits! my favorite look is the 1st one!

  13. i absolutely love the first look with the orange skirt and last look with the black dress. I would wear this all to work and my work place is quite formal, but you put them together in a good way.


  14. Great looks chicky, I like the floral one especially :) And yay for reader feature, I will be sure to go check her out! xx


  15. Awesome tips, love adding a little statement jewellery to fab out a dreary work ensemble. And Steph's blog, ahhh she is so amazing isn't she!


  16. i love your first outfit that with orange skirt! so cute!

    lindsey louise


  17. lovely blog dear!! we could follow each other, let me know if you want too :*

  18. I love your blog! You got impeccable taste in fashion ♥ following you now :)


  19. All the outfits are super elegant and classy, you're so stylish! <3

  20. Love posts like this! All the looks are so chic and great for work! The first one is my favorite, love the design of the skirt and that floral blazer!

  21. You absolutely give good advice (: and you look so pretty and stunning! Lovely photos and outfit idea (: x


  22. I absolutely love the first look on you, it's so fresh and pretty. Colours suit you superbly! x

    Thanks for stopping by some time ago ! :) Have a lovely weekend.

    Love, Satu
    Indie by heart

  23. amazing outfits! :)


  24. Love the 34rd and the 4th outfit :D


  25. Love the white outfit :D
    totally my style

    Serah de Fashix

  26. Hi izzy. This is a great idea for a post. Work has been so different in a lot of ways. I like the first outfit the most. You have some great options here. I feel really lucky that I can wear pretty much anything to work. I don't know how I'd cope if I had to work in a conservative work environment.

  27. Congrats Steph! I love her blog this is a great way to share other blogs and talents x

  28. Such a great post. :)
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  29. Great outfits and awesome ideas. Thanks so much!

  30. The model look good what ever she wears.


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