I have just started a new job and want to update my work clothes - have been freelancing up till now so have casual or interview clothes, not much in between. Here are my requests: Job is as a teacher assistant with children with special needs. I have to be on the floor, picking them up, running round the playground, helping them in the toilet etc. I am allowed to wear jeans or even yoga pants. I am v late 40s, and decidedly an apple shape. I do not live in the UK - where I live (southern USA) it is hot nearly all year round, so in the winter I might throw on a cardigan. I do not get the chance to wear a coat or boots. I do not love the things I find in the shops here, so I shop online - M&S, Boden sale, Gap for jeans, Banana Republic for blouses. My work style up until now is ankle length pants (with a hint of stretch), floaty top ( to hide mum tum) and ballet flat-style slip on shoes. I can do heels up to 2". I would like to think that I can pull off a vaguely French-chic. The "locals" here wear fitness wear or tailored clothes when picking kids up from school. Machine washable. Not to expensive. I would love to buy a complete Eileen Fisher wardrobe but its too pricey for me. Any suggestions?
Thanks Closer. The trousers you have linked to are like ones I already have; I'm not really sure about a fitted top - I carry too much belly weight to feel comfortable in something fitted. If anything, that top looks a bit too formal - I would be expected to wear a school t shirt a couple of times a week. I was actually in an Ann Taylor outlet last weekend, and ended up with a skirt - a bit too formal for everyday though. Any footwear ideas? - colleagues wear trainers.