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How to do office wear without looking like a trollop or a man?

(6 Posts)
BrandyButterPie Wed 24-Nov-10 23:15:02

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!



tethersend Thu 25-Nov-10 00:24:19

Suit dresses are a good bet- something like this with pointed flats would look good.

midoriway Thu 25-Nov-10 00:38:11

personal shoppers at department stores are not just for the rich. This is exactly the sort of thing they are good at. Phone house of fraser or debenhams for an appointment.

happilyeverafter Thu 25-Nov-10 01:13:04

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.

AlpinePony Thu 25-Nov-10 07:06:53

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.

OooohWhatIfItHurts Thu 25-Nov-10 09:57:32

Belts belts belts.

I have a few which I wear over neat fitted cardigans and give me shape regardless of whether I'm wearing dress/skirt trousers underneath.

A nice scarf is quick to tie in a morning and makes you look like you've made an effort.

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