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How to do office wear without looking like a trollop or a man?
So, I have need of office wear. It needs to be cheap, but I have quite broad shoulder and can't wear heels, and I'm getting to the point now where just wearing black trousers and jacket with plain t shirt isn't cutting it any more.
How do I look grown up, stylish and professional, without ironing, spending loads of money or not being able to go within 10 miles of the kids in the morning?
Also, I tend to get halfway through a day and realise that I am either half naked or wearing so many boxy layers that I have no shape whatsoever. I can't seem to hit the right spot. Doesn't help that my shape keeps changing.
I'm trying to get a better paying job, in sales and admin, so it's all about selling myself. I know what i am doing with myself, but my clothes need work!
Good cheap dress which I would wear with a black cardi.
Are you thinking tailored suit smart? I wear non matching separates, usually smart dresses with a belted cardi over, this season's slim leg/cigarette pant is great office wear teamed with a pretty blouse.
I can't help with the non ironing part. I think things look smarter when they have been ironed well.
I recently decided to up the ante at work and start dressing the part more - I managed to pick up 4 brand new suits on ebay for just under 100 quid. These days many of them are machine washable and have nice nipped-in waists - avoid double-breasted 80s shoulder-pad monstrosities obviously - but there's some cute stuff out there. A coloured shirt helps break it up and to add a touch of "fun" I'll wear red shoes with a grey suit for example.