The Quest for the Perfect Workwear Outfit

Hello world,

For those of you not following this blog, I’ve been interning for the past few months with Irish Tatler (and for those of you outside of Ireland, that’s the best Irish fashion magazine. I’m not hooting my own horn here, the ABC’s put it as the top 3rd magazine sold in the country). In between answering emails and phone calls, shooting off to the different shoots and picking up items, I’ve been wrestling with what to wear for the office.

The thing is I’m one of the youngest in the office at 25 and while thankfully everyone here is very relaxed with the dress code, it’s put me in a real pickle as to what to wear. I don’t do monochrome shift dresses or plain trousers, as everyone else in the working world seems to do, and walking around in a white shirt and smart skirt makes me look and feel about forty. I’m young, but how do you translate that into chic, appropriate workwear without looking silly or too casual?

I’m in luck, as we are currently working on our May issue and I’ve been tasked with compiling the workwear section to go along with our editorial shoot, which is again themed around workwear.

At first I gaped at my editor and thought I would have to be the worst suitable person to source and compile the top 25 workwear pieces, but she’s given me a brilliant opportunity.

If you don’t know, then learn!

This also proved to be quite hard to pull off keeping it within my own style, because what’s the point in wearing an amazing outfit, if you’re not comfortable in it? My dress sense is bold and bright but classic. I sometimes call it Victoria Beckham on acid at a rock concert, because I do seem to have a bit of an obsession with studs and spikes. I love simple shapes, a-line skirts and ridiculously high stiletto heels, but how to translate that into workwear that shows my style?

So here I’ve compiled a set of fantasy outfits in the quest for the perfect workwear.

L.K. Bennett Selina dress, €245

Jil Sander Market bag, €705.81 at net-a-porter.com

Miu Miu neon belt, €225.13 at net-a-porter.com

Schuh Bibi 2 Strap sandals, €80

Topshop zig zag gold cuff

Reiss Danielle Vermillion skirt

River Island blue stripe top, €15

Zara fashion city bag, €119

Tommy Hilfiger Hailey pump

Lanvin swarovski crystal leaf necklace, €610 at net-a-porter.com

Lanvin swarovski crystal leaf cuff, €595 at net-a-porter.com

Reiss Blossom cream top

Zara studio blazer, €130

Warehouse slim leg capri pants, €124 

Marc Jacobs Julie quilted leather tote, €1150 at net-a-porter.com

Zara pointed courts, €79.95

Roberto Cavalli gold plated swarovski crystal eagle ring, €316.40 at net-a-porter.com

Dannijo mazati gold-plated swarovksi crystal necklace, €462.41 at net-a-porter.com

Alexander McQueen brass skull and cherry blossom ring, €190  at net-a-porter.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs Simone striped silk dress, €680 at BT2

Zara cream linen jacket

Jil Sander Market striped silk-twill bag, €510 at net-a-porter.com

Topshop huge beaten disc necklace

Chloé metal and leather sandals, €475 at net-a-porter.com

Reiss Gwyneth gold cuff

Jaeger London suede skirt

Jaeger London suede jacket

New Look yellow lace top, €29.99

Mulberry electric blue Bayswater bag, €895 at Brown Thomas

Zara tan heels, €89.95

Topshop blue stone ring

Erickson Beamon Safari necklace at Design Centre Dublin

Jaeger London stripe dress, €

River Island silver mixed metal bag, €47

Warehouse sandals, €29

Accessorize skinny belt, €20

Topshop semi precious slices collar

Until then,

Franzi

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