Creating a new work wardrobe

In the style of Sprinkle of Glitter, ALOHA!

Wow, what a busy few months it’s been. Firstly, I’ve finished university and will graduate in November. It feels slightly surreal not to be spending days swamped with Indesign, Photoshop and on WGSN and I have to admit that I miss it.

Moving on from university, I’m now working freelance as a social media manager and content producer and I’ve been working with some really exciting clients which I hope to be able to tell you more about in the future.

Thinking about being freelance has got me thinking about my work wardrobe, or what could be considered a work wardrobe. When you’re freelance and more often than not working from home, it’s so easy to chuck on a university hoody, pj bottoms and no make-up and expect to see no-one but the postman who has already seen you looking rough about fifteen million times. But I want a smarter look, to reconsider my purchasing habits and to stop buying so much loungewear with the rationalisation that I can wear it during the day as well as in the evening.

My friend Rachel runs the brilliant Notes From My Closet blog and she’s been doing an investment closet project where she allows herself a set budget per month and tries to buy clothing which are better quality and fit with the rest of her wardrobe. Having just finished university and being in the early days of freelancing, I’m limited on budget but I can make much more care when buying clothing from the high street and what I wear on a day to day basis. I’ll soon be making a huge effort to sort my wardrobe and give to charity the clothing I don’t wear.

For me, things like slim fit trousers and jeans work well with a nice chiffon shirt or a soft jersey camisole with a maxi skirt and a long necklace. By carefully selecting my colours and styles rather than going “Ohh, pretty!” to everything Primark has to offer, I can create a work wardrobe that works for both freelancing from home and days I have to be out and about meeting clients.

With this in mind, I’ve made a mood board to showcase my working from home style and how I intend on dressing from now on.

Working from home outfit

Do you work from home? What are your top tips for dressing smart?

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OOTD: Valentine’s Red

♥ Valentine’s Day may have gone in a flurry of roses, glasses of bubbly and sexy snogs but I am still feeling all romantic and keeping up the Valentine’s theme by injecting some passionate red into my wardrobe. I feel in love with this coat when I was browsing the George at Asda site (seriously, there are some hidden gems on there!) and ordered it instantly. It’s a soft trench with great gold zip detailing and came in at a mere £28!

♥ This is my very first Outfit Of The Day so please be kind! I’ve been inspired by the incredible plus-size blogger Callie Thorpe who is constantly stylish, always lovely and very, very beautiful. Fingers crossed y’all like it!

OOTD

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OOTD

♥ Details:

Scarf- Market stall in London, Coat- George at Asda, Ring- Primark, Jeans- New Look Inspire, Flats on my crazy flat feet- New Look, Bag- Alexander Wang

♥ Take Me Back To Paris

♥ Last year my lovely boyfriend whisked me off to Paris to celebrate my 23rd birthday in style. As a huge fan of French fashion, I spent weeks pouring over French style blogs and hunting out the perfect trench coat and navy accessories to wear in the city of love.

♥ I’m still obsessed with French style- stripes, monochrome, cute little neck ties, red lips, navy, spots… the list goes on. With the world’s eyes on the Paris Couture Fashion Week shows, I’ve fallen head over heels (again!) for the Chanel Couture collection featuring lace, black and white and the beautiful Cara Delevigne walking the catwalk. The whole collected wowed me with lace, monochrome, gothic style and prettiness and I’ll be taking a lot of inspiration from it to add to my own everyday looks.

♥ My own style is very paired down with a usual mix of ballet flats, a trench coat, chiffon shirts and slim fit trousers or jeans so I was chuffed when I started browsing the Next website to see they have a real French inspired style in their latest collection. As you can see below, I’ve picked out my favourite pieces and added some snap shots from one of the best trips of my life!

Paris Collage

Bag– £28, Textured Tweed Jacket– £55, Navy Trench Coat- £75, Striped Shirt– from £25, Denim Trousers- £30, Polkadot Blouse- £26. All from Next.

♥ Are you inspired by French style?