Workwear Wednesday #2

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It has been a little while since the first Workwear Wednesday post but now that summer has arrived (yes, I consider 17 degrees to be summer) so too has my desire to go for after work drinks. Funny that. This hot weather (yes, I consider 17 degrees to be hot) raises the age old question of what to wear to work that will keep a girl cool but at the same time not look too casual. I’ll admit this probably doesn’t sound too tricky, but I really do struggle with the summer months. I remember going to an interview on one of the hottest days of the year to which I wore trousers, boots, a blouse AND a cardigan because I was so worried about looking too casual. 

When the sun appeared at the start of the week, I had a little raid of my wardrobe and dismissed a variety of dresses for either having the right hem line but for being too low cut/strappy or for having a nice conservative top half but being an inappropriate length. Hurummph. Now, obviously different work places have different expectations of your appearance but, for the record, I don’t have to be ‘business smart’ but a strappy top or bare legs would certainly be frowned upon and a general degree of smartness is certainly expected and encouraged.

Yesterday I settled on a yellow and white stripy dress that I picked up at an Oasis sale. It’s lovely and summery and keeps me cool all day but I can happily stroll around work without my blazer on and the length is nicely conservative. Most importantly however, I would also happily wear this out of work. I hate (HATE) buying things that are only for work. It pretty much sucks the joy out of shopping and is something I rarely do; in fact the last time was probably for the dreaded smart grey trousers that I wore to the aforementioned interview.

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My navy blazer is from Topshop and, as I came to completely rely on it last summer, I actually own it in two colours.  I am hoping that they bring out something similar this year (although I’ve heard Primark have them). The jersey material and arm length make it perfect for summery work days and as well as going with pretty much everything, they also make every outfit look instantly smarter. I also wore my new M&S nude polka dot tights which I am very excited about as there’s just something about plain old nude tights that irritates me, they just seem a bit pointless. Polka dots, however, are certainly not pointless. I love you, polka dots. The shiny shiny shoes are from New Look

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Victoria and I went to St Nick’s Night Market in Bristol and sampled a lot of food and not nearly enough gin. It was a lovely way to spend a summers evening and we got to try some wonderful cuisine. Victoria looked super lovely in her dress from Boohoo, a Miss Selfridge jacket and brogues from Clarks.

Jx

Workwear Wednesday #1

You suck, Wednesday.

I surely can’t be the only person who totally hates Wednesdays? I am now completely ready for the weekend to begin and yet for some cruel reason we have another two whole days to go. How can I possibly get over this news? Well, with weekly 2-4-1 cocktails of course!

P1030023This boozy little arrangement was initiated just last week when the sun was out and everyone in the city simultaneously decided to get outside and pretend that they didn’t have to get up and go to work the next day. Myself, Victoria and some friends joined the masses in descending on the newly opened Caribbean restaurant, Turtle Bay, that offers a happy hour that actually lasts for 7 (SEVEN) hours in total.  Despite the sun pulling a fast one on us, our midweek drinking club carried on unperturbed, as we continued working our way working through the fabulous cocktail menu. The drinks we have tried so far have all been magnificent and the staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. If you live in Bristol you should definitely pay them a visit. 

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I find dressing for work pretty difficult, especially in the summer months, and seem to resort to being quite lazy with my choices. I’m hoping that this blog (and the threat of seeing my friends straight after work!) will give me the boost I need to really think about what I am wearing and perhaps inspire me to try new things. Victoria and I are hoping to turn this into a weekly working wardrobe feature so fingers crossed the cocktails keep coming! 

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Today I wore a dress that I picked up in the Jaeger sale a few weeks ago. It was reduced to £45 from £160 and seeing as Jaeger is the sort of shop I usually stand outside of feeling poor, this was a small sale victory for me. At £45 it’s still a bit extravagant for a work dress but I know I will be able to wear it all year round and it’s such a great length. I can probably stop justifying it to you now.

I wore it with polka-dot tights from M&S, Topshop boots, my trusty old H&M cardigan and a satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company. I bought the necklace from The POD Company shop in Clifton during my lunch break as I absolutely adore anything which incorporates a good clock. I have seen (and own) many variations of clock necklaces but I think this one is especially beautiful and for £9.95 it was only ever destined for the till.

Have a lovely Thursday!

Jx