A lot of what I have been putting here in my scrapbook is for women in their thirties, I am in my thirties now so I’m happy to talk to my peers, the majority of whom will be spending more than 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in an office so I’d like to share what I know about dressing hoping you will enjoy the experiments during those 5 days rather than just the weekends. But I’ve realized recently that my bits and pieces here tend to be viewed as “young and crazy”, “a bit too expensive” even, so I guess it might be a good idea to go back to basics, a bit more down to earth. Before I start doing this, by means of a WORKWEAR RETHINK series, here are a few words:
- I love looking good, and I greatly enjoyed dressing when I was still a 9-to-5. I’ve been in education, hospitality, FMCG and agencies, in any of these work environments with probably the exception of my hospitality job I was never a cookie-cutter type, but I was never seen as dressing improperly for work if not a source of style inspiration. I believe by dressing yourself well you feel good about yourself, i.e. work efficiency, and you inspire your colleagues to do the same. I would love to see more and more women dressed nicely at work, and I’d like to help make this happen.
- I don’t believe dressing beautifully, or more than that - style, is a privilege you enjoy only when you are in the fashion industry. It is true Carine Roitfeld, Olivia Palermo, Miroslava Duma and the Olsens, among many others, are style icons, but just because they are constant fixtures of magazines and street style photographers doesn’t mean only people in their circle are wearing or can wear nice clothes to work. I am certain there are just as many office women who have also great style but they are like unsung heroes. So don’t let this fool you, just because you are an accountant doesn’t mean they will laugh at you if you wear something nice to work.
- Let’s not think that people in the fashion industry dress themselves carefully because they have all those cameras and people to impress, although it can be part of the truth. You should dress first and foremost for your very self, if you feel good in a nice outfit you are only more confident and efficient.
- I am going to resort to pictures of people who might be in the fashion industry or some other industry you think is way different to “office life” as examples in my WORKWEAR RETHINK posts, and I’d like you to think about how the clothes they wear, the style they breath will fit into your own work environment. Try to see how it works for you, try not to instantly turn away, “Oh no, she’s not going to work, that’s why she can dress that way.” It would be lovely if I had in hand pictures of real office women with style to show you, but for the time being I am still dreaming of it.
- Don’t be frustrated if the women in the pictures I am going to show you have perfect bodies. There’s always something for somebody so don’t make side-by-side comparisons. A loose shirt looks nice on a slender frame may look nice, too, on your thirties body, just in a different way. Experiment is key! Be inspired, rather than be envious and discouraged.
So that’s it. If you are with me stay tuned for these posts scheduled every Monday. I hope you will find something for yourself.