This is what I wear to work
Most of my outfit shoots take place on Saturdays, occasionally on Sundays. This is because my photographer / hubby Professor M is only around at weekends. Yes, I’m a weekend wife… Long story short: we spend the work week apart, in different countries. It’s less complicated than it sounds.
Anyway, these pictures were actually taken on a Monday, after work. Well, it isn’t really that different from what I wear at weekends…
About 90% of my clothes are ‘work appropriate’, and the 10% that is not is probably too formal rather than too informal. As you may (or may not) know, I work as a language teacher in adult education, and my students come from all walks of life. I also work in a country with an extremely relaxed and casual dress code. So, wearing a suit would be a no-no (lawyers, politicians and captains of industry can just about get away with that; for anyone else it’s too formal) and would scare the living daylights out of my students. A pencil skirt or a wrap dress is OK, in most cases, as long as it’s worn in a rather casual way.
I dress for comfort, of course, and I’m often in a hurry in the morning. I admit that I sometimes just grab the first thing I find in my wardrobe and put it on. You see, I’m not a morning person, and my brain can barely manage the complicated processes needed to get me on the train on time. Having a colour-coordinated wardrobe that mixes and matches well helps.
However, dressing for work is not just about me and my comfort. I also want to make my students feel at ease. Thus, I have to look approachable: someone they can relate to. So, casual rather than formal is what’s required, and a dose of crazy can work wonders. A dose of crazy? Unusual accessories, bright colours and prints. In small portions: the idea is to make people think I don’t take myself too seriously, not scare them away.
trench coat: Hobbs / jeans: Next / shirt: KappAhl / scarf: Global /
bag: Furla / shoes: Nike / sunglasses: Chanel
What do you wear to work?
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