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HELP ME! going back to work and need suitable clothes, haven't got a clue!

(26 Posts)
OracleInaCoracle Thu 21-Aug-08 08:48:56

Im going back to work as a coffee shop manager after 4y of sitting at home with mn ds. I start on the 15th but have 8w training first and i have been told to wear "business attire" for work. I have a couple of black suits, but need a bit.. more the shop is within a clothes shop. the clothes need to be easy to move in.

i am very petite (size 6-8 and 5'2") with larger norks d v narrow hips. my hair is dark chestnut (but more red tbh) and my skin is pale olive.

please help me

OracleInaCoracle Thu 21-Aug-08 09:01:56

someone please. are wrap dresses ok?

OracleInaCoracle Thu 21-Aug-08 09:27:20


OracleInaCoracle Thu 21-Aug-08 10:37:06

<skulks away>

OracleInaCoracle Thu 21-Aug-08 15:03:22


Pinkjenny Thu 21-Aug-08 15:04:45

I think wrap dresses are fine as long as they're not too low.

OracleInaCoracle Thu 21-Aug-08 15:07:56

thanks. what i really need is help assembling a work wardrobe! so i could wear a wrap dress with a cami underneath, but im totally clueless on this now.

Fimbo Thu 21-Aug-08 15:10:36

Depending on budget Hobbs have some lovely work attire at the moment.

OracleInaCoracle Thu 21-Aug-08 15:11:53

cheap as possible really. am starting from scratch!

Fimbo Thu 21-Aug-08 15:14:24

I have these trousers and the violet top shown below them.

I also have a long sleeved number in the same violet from Boden to go with them.

What about Next? They usually have work wear.

Fimbo Thu 21-Aug-08 15:15:17

Arrgh one of those links that doesn't work properly - click on Christobelle.

OracleInaCoracle Thu 21-Aug-08 15:16:27

ooooh lovely, bit out of my price range though sad

janeite Thu 21-Aug-08 18:46:17

M&S Limited Collection and Autograph are normally good for work trousers and smart pencil-type skirts; also Principles Petite range.

blithedance Thu 21-Aug-08 22:33:39

I am going back in just over 2 weeks - nothing from 3 years ago fits and what does looks cheap and dated.

I am going to try and get a session with the Debenhams personal shopper and get her to pick out two decent outfits, one black trousers based and one grey or brown trousers based. I was thinking Principles kind of price range too.

I am very clueless with fashion so I do need someone to show me a whole top/trousers/cardigan outfit or whatever.

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OracleInaCoracle Fri 22-Aug-08 07:40:31

thank you all. the shop is BHS, will def try zara though. i love their clothes!

janeite Fri 22-Aug-08 14:27:22

Zara is only good for tops;the trousers are really, really long!

Fimbo Fri 22-Aug-08 15:37:51

Lissie is probably one of the few lucky people that will actually fit a pair of Zara trousers. They definately cater for the slimmer of those amongst us

EffiePerine Fri 22-Aug-08 15:39:48

smart trousers

nice tops

jacket (that will go with several outfits)


Fimbo Fri 22-Aug-08 15:40:48

Do BHS do size 6-8? Will you get staff discount?

I know their stuff is a bit twee but you should be able to get a decent pair of black trousers.

janeite Fri 22-Aug-08 15:52:02

Yes, deffo for the slim Fimbo - but also for the v tall and Lissie is (like me) 5'2"! I suppose the trousers could be shortened but sometimes it makes them look quite "boxy".

Next irritates me beyond belief but the Petite trousers in there are just the right length for me.

I think (based on my experience of BHS, which is limited) that so long as you avoid the black trousers and white shirt look, you will be far more fashionable/better dressed than any of the other staff!

Fimbo Fri 22-Aug-08 15:55:17

Oops didn't see the height bit!

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