Office wear. The very thought used to make me sink into my kaftan on a Sunday night – what shall I wear to work tomorrow??
For women, traditionally the corporate office dress code usually meant a strict and somewhat limiting combo of shirt and Next navy trouser suit, or shirt and pencil skirt. If you personal style is vintage, it can mean a trade off between abiding by this conservative dress code, which can leave you feeling unlike yourself or wearing something inappropriate or worse- frumpy.
Unless you work in the fashion or vintage industry, the last thing your boss wants is Janice Joplin’s sister waltzing through the office door on a Monday morning. So just how do you do tailored work wear if your usual style is more quirky than corporate?
Today work-wear is more relaxed, tattoos are even considered more acceptable and jeans are common especially if you work in digital. Yet some sort of tailoring is still essential if you want to keep that professional edge.
For me the easiest way to do work wear is by basing your look around one modern white tailored shirt. Simple and structured; it and goes with anything and everything. Then simply mix and match with different accessories, patterns and textures to give it a vintage vibe.
Work wear inspiration and ideas
- A classic small men’s white oxford shirt from Savile row
Men’s shirts fit better than women’s and they are often better quality. Borrow your boyfriends then don’t give it back. You will look so good in it he won’t even mind.
- A velvet blazer in a rich jewelled colours
A vintage velvet blazer in any colour, smartens up any office look and can be thrown over more or less anything. The velvet adds a luxury twist and is a bit different to the usual black or navy. I have about 5 velvet blazers in a multitude of jewelled colours, but my favourite is this dreamy paisley pattern.
- A thin pure silk psychedelic scarf
If Marc Bolan worked in an office he would have worn something like this. Worn tucked under your shirt with the collar slightly open its a twist on the classic and won’t have you feeling like you are wearing your old school shirt.
- Masculine statement shoes
I have finished my outfit with these western pixie boots, however having a pop of colour wherever possible, just makes life (and your outfit) more interesting and where better than on your shoes. These delicious bespoke double monk shoes are ones I had made by Grenson shoes and would look just as good with this blazer and shirt combo. Who says women have to just wear a court shoe to work?
No tailoring piece would be complete without giving my man a mention, Derek you are the king of modern tailoring. Here he is rocking double breasted luxe and versatile grey in GQ street style SS 16. Fresh from Savile row, this cheeky snap was featured in the same shoot as model David Gandy no less!!
And gent’s there’s plenty of other dapper chaps from London Collection Men’s for plenty of suit-spiration.
Photo: Robert Spangle GQ