Inspired by the latest series of The Apprentice I’ve been browsing our work wear and tailored collection online with the hope of smartening up around the office this season. It really couldn’t be better timing either with our £10 off when you spend £40 or more promotion currently running. All of these garments are great investment pieces and can be worn with or without each other to create a multitude of stylish office looks! black pencil skirt £16.00, F&F purple pleated shell top £14.00 , F&F polka dot t-shirt£9.00 , F&F coral Rolled up sleeve zip back top £14.00 , F&F Spot print chiffon blouse £14.00
The traditional black pencil skirt is the one of the most versatile separates in your working wardrobe. Flattering for all figures the pencil skirt is growing in popularity largely due to the cult TV series Mad Men which champions emphasising the female silhouette through sophisticated workwear. This subtly glamorous little number is therefore perfect for wearing from the office straight out on the town!
Team with a fitted blazer to add a feminine touch even in the most corporate of offices or create a more playful look by mixing and matching with different colours and styles of top – the world really is your oyster when it comes to the humble pencil skirt!
F&F cropped chino trousers £16.00 , F&F striped shirt £14.00 , F&F penny loafers £13.00
Everyone loves a classic and what’s not to love about this classic preppy look! No longer a sense of style exclusive to the upper-classes the popularity of eighties films like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink launched it into the mainstream and it’s still as cool today as it was then. A pair of well fitted chinos can be dressed up for the office or down on the weekend. I love this pair teamed with a simple pink shirt for a girly touch and some comfy penny loafers to finish the look.
F&F Linen blend belted shift dress £18.00 , Cotton Cardigan £10.00, Ella court shoes £20.00
This outfit is ideal for looking chic at work and if Breakfast at Tiffanys has taught me anything it’s that a little black dress is an essential in every woman’s wardrobe. This is also a great staple piece for the office because you can wear it under a blazer or cardigan depending. While a spring chill is still in the air why not add a cute colourful cardi to lift the black. This is definitely an outfit for maintaining your femininity at the office while looking nothing but professional.
F&F Flippy Spring print skirt £12.00 , F&F Fairtrade cotton ribbed vest £3 , F&F Limited Edition Open front structured blazer , Ella peep toe shoes £22.00
If your office is more laid back or you just feel like breaking out of the stiff and overly business-like look – a modest-length but fun printed skirt like this polka dot one is ideal for work. To keep it slightly conservative I’ve teamed with a colourful tailored jacket and a basic white vest. In terms of shoes I’d say anything goes! A pair of heels will allow you to hit the town straight after work on a Friday, a funky pair of flats will keep it more casual and boots and tights will be the perfect combination come autumn!
Make sure to invest in staple pieces for the office, and with those, you will be able to create endless possibilities to stay the best-dressed in the office without breaking the rules. Don’t be afraid of color, or even prints- if you have mostly a wardrobe of neutral pieces, invest in some bright accessories!
Remember our £10 off £40 spend or more ends Sunday 22nd April 2012 so hurry and catch a bargain while you can!