When I started working I thought I had to erase personal style and be the perfect conservative employee : wear my hair in a certain way preferably straightened, long and wear the corporate outfit: tailored suits, pumps.
I resented dressing for work. I felt like wearing a disguise.
I don't know exactly at what point exactly my attitude changed. Maybe it's because I got more confident in my professional abilities or simply because my professionnal and personal style gently got more tangled and similar, but I got more relaxed and actually started putting more thoughts and attention to my work outfits.
Buying new clothes for work doesn't feel like punishment and "ill-spent" money anymore because I actually rarely ever buy specific work clothes anymore.
I don't "dress up" anylonger for the office.
I just adapt my personal style to the work place. I'm not a classic high heeled pumps woman (I only own 2 pairs) so I rather wear sturdy high heeled boots.
I like tailor suits but it's hard to find one that's well cut for me and not too expensive so I replicate the silhouette. I love good jackets so I spend a little more (on some Isabel Marant jackets for example) and get basic tailored bottoms from cheaper stores (Zara, Gap, H&M).
Case in point, the Isabel Marant Etoile jacket that I wore yesterday is one of those versatile staples: it tops all my outfits, work days or not. Trousers are the boot cut ones from this Fall's Gap collection .
Same goes with the Anna Corinna tote (now Foley+ Corinna ) that follows me around days on /off and now with the red boots, which except for their unexpected color, have a classic shape so I didn't hesitate to incorporate them in this office look.
Just to say that what I wore to work yesterday is an example of my Fall corporate uniform.
It's usually very neutral, here all grey but with a relaxed fit and something a bit out of the box, here the boots.
Jacket : IM Etoile
Boots: C. Petula
Bag: Anna Corinna