Work Style Monday – Coat Shopping

The weather has finally decided to cool down here in Australia (more so on the East than for us sandgropers over on the West coast…) and as the temperature takes a steep nose dive, it’s time to start digging those coats out of the back of the closet. If all you find in the back of your wardrobe is dust, or the woodland realm of Narnia, or if you’re just sick and tired of what you packed away at the end of last Winter it’s time to go coat shopping. Personally I am on the hunt for a gorgeous red coat, simply because I’ve had a few friends tell me that I should get one. (Easily impressionable, me?) I thought it might be a good idea to put together a little checklist of things to look for when searching for the perfect work-friendly winter coat. So here we go:

01: Know your needs. Living in Australia means that you will very rarely need a big, heavily padded winter coat. In fact I tend to get away with a relatively lightweight trench coat during Winter. It’s a good idea to think about when and where you will be wearing your coat, so you don’t end up hot and bothered and standing on a crowded train full of people like me in a thick houndstooth tweed number last year.

02: Pick a flattering shape. Not everybody can pull off a floor length trench coat, and not everybody (especially me) can easily wear crop style jackets. It’s a good idea to think about your body shape, and pay attention to what style of coat will flatter your body.

03: Think about colour. If this is your first time winter coat shopping, a neutral shade in a colour flattering to your skintone will work best. If you already have one or two basic coats in your wardrobe and you want to splurge (again, me) think about investing in a brightly coloured coat, or a coat to suit the trend of the season. If you’re brave, why not opt for a gorgeous leopard print coat? And if you don’t like it, feel free to email me for my postal address and I’ll take it off of your hands.

04: Budget wisely. Coats are not the cheapest items on the rack, so it’s a good idea to think about how much you want to be spending on a coat before heading out into the bright and influential lights of the shopping world. Keep in mind that you will get quite a lot of wear out of your winter coat, so if you pick a classic style & spend a little bit more money on it, it will pay you back with a lifetime of big, warm, coaty hugs.

One final note, if any of you are out shopping and happen to spot a coat in the same shade of red as in the picture above (though I think that might actually be a dress…) please let me know ASAP and I will thank you and shower you with love and affection and cookies and such.

Work Style Monday – Autumn Woes & Wishlist

To all of my fellow Aussies out there, I’m sure you feel my pain right now. Autumn in Australia is a confusing thing. Unfortunately the weather doesn’t just automatically switch from BOILING HOT to relatively mild when the seasons change from Summer to Autumn. If anything, Summer decides to stick around for way too long like a family member overstaying their welcome. (Summer, you were wonderful on first arrival but now you’re annoying, please leave immediately.) This confused weather pattern creates something of a problem when deciding what to wear to work throughout the week. When I leave the house at the crack of dawn, it’s cold. Cold enough to wear stockings and a scarf. By the afternoon, it’s hot. Hot enough to melt the makeup off of your face and turn everything that you could have easily dealt with earlier that morning (like fellow commuters leaning on your back for an arm rest, or smacking you with their backpack as they walk down the aisle of the train) into the single most annoying things that could ever happen to you in your lifetime. Nevertheless I am still daydreaming of the cold weather and planning my Autumn/Winter purchases for this year, like these pieces from Jacqui E

Work Style Monday – Spotlight on: ASOS

It’s been a little while since my last ‘Work Style Monday‘ post, but I’m back into the swing of things this week with a spotlight on the UK based online clothing store ASOS. ASOS has been killing it lately, and I’ve spent a lot of time window shopping the site after they started offering free international shipping & have released quite a few 20% off discount codes recently. Unfortunately, a lot of the clothes on ASOS are not really appropriate to wear to work, but there are some great finds on there so I thought I would share my top 10 favourite work-style pieces with you guys.

Work Style Monday – Spotlight On: Modcloth

In today’s ‘spotlight on’, I have selected 10 work-friendly pieces from the amazing online store Modcloth. I often eye the goods over at Modcloth, but from what I’ve discovered recently if you are planning to order it might be a good idea to convince a friend to shop with you and split the shipping fees because the cost of postage to Australia is unusually high. Having said that I am yet to find another online store that carries so many pieces that suit my personal aesthetic. I think regardless of style, the work wardrobe options at Modcloth are endless.

Work Style Monday: Personal Uniform

After putting the call out via Twitter for Australian based fashion/style blogs that were aimed more at the office working 20-30 something year olds of the world than the hipster teens that seem to rule the blogsphere at the moment, small pickings were offered back and I was kind of disappointed. (If you know of any, please don’t hesitate to let me know via the comments below) I thought it might be a fun idea to incorporate something of a Work Style aspect into the blog. If this is not your area of interest I do apologise, but as I work full time I find work style a very interesting (and useful) topic. Today’s subject is my personal work ‘uniform’. The corporation that I work for does provide official uniforms for free, but as most of what is on offer is not my style, and not compulsary; I tend to wear my own items to work instead. I have something of a personal dress code that I wear to work, which can be altered to suit the weather and different seasons (add tights, coats and boots in winter, switch up to peep toe shoes and sheer blouses in the summer). At the very basis of this ‘uniform’ are the following pieces:

01. A chic blouse

02. A soft blend cardigan

03. A pencil skirt with a twist

04. Classic black pumps

05. An oversized handbag

As long as I have a few of these staple pieces sitting in my wardrobe ready to go on a Monday I am never at a loss for what to wear to work. It’s saved me a lot of time and hassle, I assure you. If you work in an office environment please let me know if you have your own personal uniform, or if you’d like to take this idea and blog your own – please let me know so I can share it with everyone next week in Work Style Monday. Also, if you have any ideas or requests for future posts please let me know in the comments below. Happy Monday everyone!