steal her style work-wear - collage

As you guys know I was offered a position as an Executive Assistant. They passed their trial {ha!} and I passed my performance review. A review unlike any I’ve been through before and WAY more fun just quietly. So now it’s time for me to whip my work-wear wardrobe into shape. The environment at my job is a fairly corporate one when it comes to work-wear. We don’t wear jeans, even loud colours and prints seem to be kept to a minimum. Sometimes.

So what does a stylista do when she wants to keep her personality but fit into a work environment? Well you adapt. You add a piece here or there that suit your style and run adjacent wardrobes that have the occasion crossover items. This post should help you out with that.

Sometimes I start to complain about having to have a ‘work’ wardrobe. When that happens I try to keep in mind that I get the opportunity to dress up. My sister wishes she had a job to ‘get dressed’ for. And no she’s not working somewhere naked. She works in childcare and her uniform is a polo shirt, shorts and a ponytail. I love low maintenance so the idea of rolling out of bed and dragging on a uniform appeals to me… But then I remember, dressing up is fun and I get over it. 

There are different levels of dress for every job. Of course. Some more strict than others. So I’ve covered off on a few different work-wear looks in the collage of outfit inspiration, my thoughts on work style essential pieces and a shopping board of items that I love. Items that I would wear in my “reasonably corporate but a few times now I’ve worn ankle boots and it was okay” workplace. Getting ready for work never looked this good. Let’s roll. 

Work-wear Others are Wearing

steal her style work outfit inspiration work wear ideas

Images with thanks to Girl with Curves, Who What Wear, Bows & SequinsLe Blog de Letilor, Vanessa Jackman, Fashion Chalet, Roosa Closet, My Curves and Curls, Shapely Chic Sheri, In Fat Style, Stylish Curves, & From the Rez to the City


Work-wear Essentials

Start off small and work your way up to a killer work-wear wardrobe. Secure yourself some good quality suiting items that can be mixed and matched with the less formal items in your wardrobe. A good pair of tailored pants, a pencil skirt, an a-line skirt and a dress will get you started. Add to that a blouse or button up shirt or two, some comfortable heels in a neutral colour and you’re there.

Then start to add your personality though pops of colour or print. A printed or colourful item adds a punch of personality to a monochrome ensemble. You could also start playing with shapes, cuts and sizes of your items. You’ll notice in the collage some oversized coats or blouses, midi-skirts and wide leg pants. If you can’t be as bold with colour or print, add style through contrasts.


Aussie babe Jo shared her favourite work-wear tips for upping the ante on your work wardrobe in a post on her blog iCurvy. Which you should absolutely check out while you are doing your research. I mean, look at her! The woman has style. And now, if you’re ready {don’t worry that link will pop open another page} it’s time to take a look at what’s out there at the moment…

It’s shopping board time!

steal her style work outfit inspiration work wear ideas shopping

1. Shift Tunic 2. Peplum Dress 3. Tulip Skirt 4. Longline Blazer 5. Classic Grey Dress
6. Colourblock Blouse 7. Patterned Blouse
8. Peplum Skirt 9. Colourblock Dress 10. Geo Print Wrap Dress 11. Scuba Pencil Skirt 12. Little Black Dress 


What’s YOUR work-wear style?

Got a photo or a blog post? We’d love to see it.

  • Thanks so much for the mention and link Suger! It almost makes me nostalgic for my work wardrobe 🙂 awesome tips as always – and I love that Hope & Harvest at number 8 – such a beauty! X

    • You’re welcome Jo. Great post! Almost nostalgic, I’m sure. Haha.
      Thank you muchly, there are so many great brands out there that cater for a more corporate look now it’s wonderful. I distinctly remember a time when suiting and similar was either crazy expensive or just not available in any decent cuts or colours. Thank goodness that’s no longer the case.

  • Mel Watson

    Thanks so much for this, I have been struggling lately with getting dressed for work. We are not at all corporate (can wear jeans if we want to, although I don’t because I feel like at work it is just not right lol) so sometimes I struggle with: is this too casual or is it OK?! I especially love, love, love the very bottom RHS outfit of blue cardi, yellow skirt, leopard shoes. Swooooonnnn! =)

    • You’re welcome! I think jeans can work in the right office environment with a tailored jacket and either statement heels or necklace. I don’t wear jeans for work at my current place of work because of the dress code but when I did have the opportunity in the past I didn’t either… Same as you I always felt too casual BUT they don’t have to be. Go with a darker denim and make sure the cut is well fitted. Good luck!

  • Mahina Hathaway

    I love basic bodycon dresses as my workwear base. My work wear style is mid length dress or pencil skirt, and boots. The top part totally depends on my mood! I do love the City Chic blazers for those days when I am wanting to be super swish and well put together. And that number 9 on your Work Wear Board is amazing! Corporate encapsulates so much more than it used to, and the range available makes it much easier to put your own version together. My next personal challenge is going to be finding the right pair of work appropriate black pants and working them into my corporate wardrobe

    • Love this! You’re right, a dress or pencil skirt is a great base. I wear similar often. A great pair of pants will just finish that off. Good luck!