No-Brainer Work Wear

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I’m not a morning person

and given the choice I prefer to work in the afternoons and evenings. However, this is not always possible, and for a few years now I’ve had early morning lessons every autumn, three days a week…

The problem is, my brain refuses to work properly before noon, and it takes all my concentration to actually get to work on time and put on an appearance of a competent professional. This means that there is no brain power left for such less pressing tasks as deciding what to wear…

geometric print

I know, I could make that decision the night before, lay everything out and just follow the plan… Yes, I do that, sometimes. 

And then there are mornings when the weather suddenly changes, or the outfit I selected just feels wrong, for whatever reason. 

This is why I need a fail-safe option. A uniform of sorts. Something that I know for a fact will always work, even on fat days (come on, we all have those).

pencil skirt

This ‘uniform’ is simple enough to assemble without any higher brain function (I need to save that for making sure I switch off the coffee maker before I leave and won’t miss my train…). And to be completely honest, at 6 am, as far as clothes go, I can’t be trusted to make any decisions, good or bad…

And to avoid the ‘same old trousers and a Breton stripe t-shirt’ rut, I need something that is just as fast to put on. It doesn’t have to be inspiring, just quick. After a hot shower, a cup of coffee while sitting in front of the telly like a zombie, and battling with my hair for 10 minutes, I usually have about 5 minutes to get dressed and make a dash for the train.

What? Get up half an hour earlier and have enough time for everything?
No, not going to happen: what I just described already takes me an hour and 20 minutes. I said I’m not a morning person, didn’t I?


I’m wearing:

skirt: Boden (s/s 2015, seen before HERE) / t-shirt: whistles / cardigan: Gap / shoes: Clarks / 

bag: Longchamp / sunglasses: Prada / pendant: Målerås

Do you have a no-brainer fail-safe outfit for early mornings?


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  1. No Fear of Fashion
    23 September 2015 / 7:24 am

    That was funny. For me. As I am a morning person. When I get up, I can immediately sing and do everything. As long as you let me go to bed between half past ten and eleven o'clock. No energy at night. Love the colours of this "uniform" outfit and the pendant is gorgeous. GreetjePS I have the same bag, same colour. Great minds think alike LOL

    • Tiina L
      24 September 2015 / 3:10 pm

      Oh, that bag is one of my favourites for work, it fits a lot of stuff…

  2. Shybiker
    23 September 2015 / 11:38 am

    I'm not a morning person either and share your aversion to having to think too early. For a "uniform," this is really pretty. The skirt is great.

    • Tiina L
      24 September 2015 / 3:10 pm

      Early mornings are the worst. In autumn, or winter, when there's hardly any daylight… it's just torture.

  3. Suzanne Carillo
    23 September 2015 / 4:33 pm

    That pendant is wonderful. I used to be a morning person but living with a night person for 24 years has started to change my habits. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      24 September 2015 / 3:13 pm

      I mostly work in the afternoon and evenings, so a few months of early mornings is quite an adjustment…

  4. Doused In Pink
    25 September 2015 / 11:56 am

    This is the perfect work uniform! I love the print of your skirt!JillDoused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      26 September 2015 / 9:43 am

      Thanks, Jill!

  5. Morgan Gifford
    29 September 2015 / 3:44 am

    Cute outfit! I do not work well before noon either.Morgan |

    • Tiina L
      29 September 2015 / 9:27 am

      Thanks, Morgan!

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