Be straight with me

There are so many flares and wide legged trousers in the fashion press at the moment, that its made me have a another think about the style of trousers that I write about.  My usual trouser style is narrow and cropped, which is classic and flattering.  Also, its easy to wear with any kind of shoe – flat or heeled.  However, its good to make a change, so this outfit board features the Gap True Straight trousers.  I’m not ready to embrace flared or wide legged trousers, so straight trousers are as far as I can go right now:

Truly straight by theworkwearedit on Polyvore featuring Uniqlo and MANGO

The details of the individual pieces are:

1.  UNIQLO | Silk Short Sleeve T Blouse in light grey | 100% silk | £39.90

What a useful little thing this top looks to be!  I often wear varying shades of grey, so a light grey top like this, is perfect with mid grey and charcoal, as well as other colours.

WOMEN Silk Short Sleeve T Blouse


2. LK BENNETT | Floret Printed Point Toe Court in yellow sweet pea | Leather upper, lining and sole | Heel height: 8.5 cm | £175

I saw these shoes and knew I wanted to include them in an outfit board, so these gorgeous, happy looking shoes inspired the outfit board.  I think if you are going to spend on LK Bennett shoes, you may as well get some printed or detailed shoes, as that’s where you can really see the quality of their shoes.

LK BENNETT | Floret Printed Point Toe Court in yellow sweet pea | Leather upper, lining and sole | Heel height: 8.5 cm | £175

3.  GAP | True straight trousers in black | 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane | £39.99

These trousers are great: thick fabric in a flattering cut.  A friend did say that they can shrink, length wise, in the wash, though, so perhaps buy the length that will allow for that:


You can see me trying these trousers on here, and this is what they look like on me in a size 10:



If you don’t want to wear straight trousers, the other trousers that I thought would work well in this outfit were the BANANA REPUBLIC | Sloan-Fit Gray Slim Ankle Pant in Rich Grey | 56% Viscose, 39% Cotton, 5% Elastane | £39.99 (was £55):

4.  MANGO | Textured jacket in natural white (AFRICA4) | 100% cotton.   Lined | £49.99

This jacket was included in my recent post on the Top 10 Jackets and Blazers.  Lovely, textured cotton blazer from Mango – its the sort of thing that they excel at.

Textured jacket

5.  WHISTLES | Duffy Zip Satchel Bag in Dark Grey | 100% Cow Leather | H: 28cm, W: 20cm | £260

I don’t often write about Whistles bag, certainly not as often as I should.  They are some of the high street handbags: no logos or badging (I loathe that), good shapes, soft leather, minimal details/hardware and reasonable prices.  I often find myself admiring this style when I am in a Whistles store, and I’m pleased to see it in dark grey, as its chic and versatile.

Buy Whistles Duffy Zip Satchel Bag, Dark Grey Online at

Top 10 jackets and blazers

Well, Reader, one hint of sunshine and I’m already looking forward to spring and summer, when we can shake off our winter coats and just rely on a jacket or blazer to keep us warm.  I love a great jacket or blazer, and find its something other women always seem to pay attention to or comment on.  Perhaps its up there with bags and shoes, in terms of things women love to own and wear? So, here are the Top 10 jackets and blazers I have seen on the high street.

Top 10 jackets and blazers by theworkwearedit on Polyvore featuring Reiss, Gerard Darel, MANGO, Zara and H&M

The details of the individual pieces are:

1.  JAEGER OUTLET | Matelassé Curved Hem Jacket in black | 57% Cotton, 43% Polyester | £129 (was £199)

This is rather expensive for polyester / cotton, but the shape looks terrific: sleek and flattering.  Perfect for when you need something less formal than a suit jacket, but but still somewhat traditional.

2.  H&M | Short jacket in black and cream | 58% cotton, 42% polyester | £20.99 (was £29.99)

At the other end of the expenditure spectrum is this great looking blazer that H&M did last season (I did an outfit post on it here) and, thankfully, again this season.  At the moment its 30% off.  Its well shaped, thick and the sort of thing that you would wear both to work and on weekends.

Here it is in an outfit board I put together:

Gap Ultra Skinny Trousers outfits

If you would like something similar in black and white, and have a little more to spend, there is the BANANA REPUBLIC | Drapey Tweed Blazer in black and white | 80% cotton, 20% polyester | £99.50.

3.  ZARA | Buttoned short army jacket in black | 100% cotton | £59.99

The two brands that consistently bring out a range of really great jackets and blazers are Zara and Mango.  I clearly love this jacket as I have already bought it and written about it (here).  Very on trend, given the amount of (paid) press coverage the Gucci drummer jacket (£2720) is getting.  I adore the Gucci jacket, but the detailing makes it less wearable for work than the Zara version.  I’m not even commenting on the price.


I have also seen and admired this chic waffle textured cotton jacket, but the rest of Zara’s blazers and jackets seem to be polyester.  I expect that more will come online, soon.

"Another great #cotton #workwear #blazer from @Zara " Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! (02/18/2015)

4.  MANGO | Textured jacket in natural white (AFRICA4) | 100% cotton.   Lined | £49.99

Mango often stock a fantastic range of cotton jackets and blazers for the warmer months, and this is just such an example:



Textured jacket

5.  MASSIMO DUTTI | Coral short coat | 80% wool, 20% nylon | £145

Massimo Dutti seem to have an aversion to taking photos where you can see the whole of their, really quite lovely, things, so I am including a few of this short coat, so you can see it.




6.  JAEGER OUTLET | Puppytooth jacket | 96% Wool, 4% Elastane | £75 (was £220)

I wasn’t going to include anything else from Jaeger, but then I saw this cropped jacket.  It is very similar to a Balenciaga jacket I saw a year ago in the Gold Label section of my local TK Maxx.  The workmanship was incredible, and this sort of shaping is rarely achieved on the high street in anything other than scuba fabric.   So, to see this wool, is terrific, very luxe for less. The matching dress has sold out, but I would simply wear it with a white collarless top and black cigarette trousers.

7.  MANGO | Bead cotton jacket in black (ELRIVINO) | 100% cotton | £59.99

Bead cotton jacket

8.  REISS | Orchid cropped zip jacket in grey | 80% wool, 20% polyamide.   Lined | £120 (was £245)

After my recent Reiss sales picks post, I thought I’d best limit myself to only including one of their jackets, so I have chosen this.

Womens Grey Cropped Zip Detail Jacket - Reiss Orchid

If I could include another from Reiss, it would be this:  REISS | Pinot fitted fishtail jacket in shell pink | 66% Wool 30% Polyester 4% Polyurethane | £135 (was £225))

9.  MANGO | Beaded ethnic jacket in pink (CHANIA) | 65% cotton, 35% polyester | £49.99

This is a jacket probably best suited to casual Friday or informal workplaces, but its just so Isabel Marant for less and pretty, that its on my shopping list.  I should buy it soon, as I predict it will be one of the more popular high street jackets of the season.

I really shouldn’t include any more Mango in this post, so I will only quickly mention this cotton geometric jacket, and this cotton frayed hem jacket and this cotton blue trimmed jacket.  Really, their summer jackets are outstanding!

10.  GERARD DAREL | Valence Jacket in Navy Marine | 100% wool.   Lined | £93 (was £310)

I suggested this to a dear friend, when she was looking for a navy jacket she had seen on Stella McCartney, so this was on my mind when I wrote this post:


Buy Gerard Darel Valence Jacket, Marine, 8 Online at


Thank you for reading, Reader, have a brilliant day.

By |March 3rd, 2015|blazers & jackets, blog|0 Comments

Reiss sale picks

I have noticed that the Reiss sale stock seems to have been gathered from all the stores and returned to the warehouse, as there is more Reiss sale stock online, than there was.  Reiss make some gorgeous looking pieces, but some of its expensive at full price, so to shop in their final reductions, is a Good Idea.  Here are the best of the sale picks:

1.  REISS | Garland waterfall sleeve dress in midnight navy | 100% viscose | £79 (was £159)

With all things ’70’s coming in right now, these sleeves, which are quite flattering, suddenly look more modern to me right now.  Perfect desk to dinner dress as the sleeves make it look more “party” than office”, but covered with a jacket during the day, its an office appropriate dress:

Womens Midnight Waterfall Sleeve Dress - Reiss Garland

2.  REISS | Delilah fitted lace dress in black | 45% Viscose 35% Nylon 20% Cotton.  Lined | £79 (was £195)

This looks like the perfect dress for a work cocktail party – interesting, glamorous, but covered up:

Womens Black Fitted Lace Dress - Reiss Delilah


3. REISS | Orchid cropped zip jacket in grey | 80% wool, 20% polyamide.   Lined | £120 (was £245)

I would love to buy this, if I had the extra budget (I’ve been a little indulgent, so had to put the brakes on.  Boring) and the extra wardrobe space (another problem.  More boring).  Isn’t it coolly beautiful?!  I live in jackets, here in London, most of the year and love how well they change and “smarten” a plain outfit.

Womens Grey Cropped Zip Detail Jacket - Reiss Orchid

4.  REISS | Noir  neutral high collared fitted jacket | 78% Wool 22% Polyamide | £175 (was £265)

This is one of my favourites, and the sort of great tailoring that makes Reiss stand out from the rest of the high street labels.  Its classic and elegant but quite modern.   Its relatively affordable luxury, too, during final reduction sale time.

Womens Neutral High-collar Fitted Jacket - Reiss Noir

5.  REISS | Pinot fitted fishtail jacket in shell pink | 66% Wool 30% Polyester 4% Polyurethane | £135 (was £225)

I approach pink with caution, but this is a lovely rose pink (ie not candy pink).  I wrote about this jacket in this outfit post, and also here is a photo of DemureEst (one of the best workwear Instagram accounts) in it, too:

Womens Shell Pink Fitted Fishtail Jacket - Reiss Pinot





6.  REISS | Lorena jewelled button black jacket | 59% Cotton 26% Polyester 14% Viscose 1% Elastane | £130 (was £250)

Again, Reiss really excel at this sharp tailoring.  This classic, shaped jacket would look great with coordinating trousers.

Or…something less classic, like this TopShop polyutherane (faux leather) pleated midi skirt (I have it in size 10) and statement heels (like these or, even bolder/better,  these or these).

Or… on the weekend with a partially sheer lace skirt (inspired by Tash Sefton, whose Instagram account I adore – which is where the pic of her is from)

Womens Black Jewelled Button Jacket - Reiss Lorena

"Ok in a huge rush to get out of the house I may have wrapped a piece of lace fabric around my waist as a skirt ... Let's hope it doesn't fall down x" Photo taken by @tashsefton on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! (02/06/2015)


7.  REISS | Michelle Pfeiffer cream wool tuxedo suit | 100% wool. Lined | Blazer £155 (was £265) and Trousers £65 (was £130)

I love winter white and think this tuxedo suit is absolutely superb.  It also comes in black and is the sort of thing that you’d have and love for years and years.

Womens Cream High-waisted Trousers - Reiss Michelle

Inspired by…:? (photo credit)

8.  REISS | Ivy print animal court shoes | Upper: 100% Cow Leather (fur aka ponyskin), Leather lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 9 cm | £79 (was £159).

There are lots of other things in the Reiss sale section, but I’m going to finish by just including my favourite sale shoes, these:

Womens Animal Print Animal Print Court Shoes - Reiss Ivy Print


Thank you for reading, Reader, have a fantastic day.

By |February 26th, 2015|blazers & jackets, blog, dresses, shoes, suits|2 Comments

Army success, and other military workwear pieces

I wrote about my sales mishaps, last week, and referred to an army jacket I planned to try on.  Its a successful purchase!  However, its not the only military piece you could wear to work.  I’ve also found the following military workwear pieces on the high street:

Military workwear by theworkwearedit on Polyvore featuring MANGO, Uniqlo, Four Seasons, Zara, Uterque and Jigsaw

Note: Military is definitely a look that lends itself well to workwear, due to the sharp tailoring and minimal details.  However, I would add a piece, or even two, to an otherwise neutral outfit, but avoid head to toe unless you wish to look like a dictator (not that there’s anything wrong with that…).

The details of the individual pieces are:

1. ZARA | Buttoned short army jacket in black | 100% cotton.  Lined | £59.99

Starting with my favourite, the Zara army jacket I just bought in size S. Here is the website photo:


Ignore the current website styling, as I don’t like it.  The previous styling was spot on, especially for work:

"And don't we think that @Zara have got the styling right on this jacket, too? " Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! (02/11/2015)

Here’s how it looks on me:

"Happy Valentine's Day to me @Zara! My husband doesn't shop... Good thing I have it covered ❤️❤️❤️" Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! (02/13/2015)

Its a quality piece at a great price, and I definitely recommend buying it.


2. JIGSAW | Camouflage print scarf | 100% silk chiffon | £29 (was £59)

This is such a subtle camo print, that I think this is a classic, neutral scarf, rather than a “statement” one.

JIGSAW | Camouflage scarf | 100% cotton | £59

3. MANGO | Belted waist shirt dress (REVENTA) | 98% cotton,2% elastane | £34.99

I wrote about this dress in my Top 10 work dresses post.  This military style shirt dress comes in both black or khaki.  Needless to say, black is far more versatile and less “military looking”.  This dress looks too short for work on the model, but I’m hoping that on an average height woman, it would be quite a bit longer.

Belted-waist shirt dress

A slightly dressier alternative is the & OTHER STORIES | Shirt dress in black | 100% viscose | £65.  Admittedly this dress is viscose, but the & Other Stories viscose tends to be quite thick and heavy (ditto their wool coats – I brace myself to lift them):

& Other Stories | Shirt Dress

Either of these black dresses would look great with these ALDO | McFeater leopard print heels | Leather upper, synthetic sole | Heel height: 9cm | £39.98 (was £70):


If you are on the strictest of budgets, there is the MANGO OUTLET | Cotton shirt dress in beige (VENTAS2) | 98% cotton, 2% elastane | £17.99.


4. LODEN | Four Seasons military coat in dark green |  69% Wool, 22% Polyamide, 9% Cashmere | £179 (was £279)

Almost traditional military garb, this coat is a step too far for me, but I like its smartness.

Buy Four Seasons Military Coat, Loden, S Online at

5. DUNE | Daveney neon camouflage square stud court shoes  | Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | Hel height: 7.5cm | £89

I love these shoes: fun, unusual but totally work appropriate.

DUNE LADIES DAVENEY - Neon Camouflage Two Part Stud Detail Court Shoe | Dune Shoes Online


6. UNIQLO | Silk print long sleeve shirt | 100% silk | £39.90

“Hello sailor!”, this shirt also comes in white with navy and red anchor print.

WOMEN Silk Print Long Sleeve Blouse

7.  ZARA | Double breasted military style coat in navy | 75% wool, 25% polyamide | £89.99

A little more modern and less literal than the Loden coat, is this Zara military coat.


8. UTERQUE | Printed high heel shoe | calf furskin and goat leather upper, leather lining and rubber sole | £115

Shut the front door.  I adore how the Uterque bags and shoes look.  Only available online for now, but I am hopeful that one day I can browse in a store.  I haven’t yet ordered anything from Uterque online, but I might order this bag, when the weather warms up.


9.  NEXT | Self stripe military shirt in white | 68% cotton 28% polyester 4% elastane | £26

White Self Stripe Military Shirt


10. NEW LOOK | Khaki Cross Strap Pointed Heels | 100% manmade | £19.99

Its atypical for me to link to manmade shoes, however, these are fabric, which is more comfortable and breathable than vinyl.  Plus, who doesn’t like a pair of great looking shoes for under £20?!

Khaki Cross Strap Pointed Heels  | New Look


Thank you for reading, Reader, have a tip top day.


By |February 16th, 2015|blazers & jackets, blog, scarves, shirts & tops, shoes|0 Comments

My shopping mishaps

I have bought quite a lot lately, and have written about some of my purchases here.  However, I thought it might be interesting if I also wrote a follow up on those purchases that didn’t work out quite so well.

Mishap No 1:

I saw this photo of some gorgeous Tabitha Simmons red velvet slippers.


They made me want something similar, but at a high street price.  I found these Karen Millen suede ballerina flats, reduced to £55:

KAREN MILLEN Suede ballerina shoes (Red

Why are these a mishap?  Because they are higher on the foot than I like (I prefer a slightly lower cut shoe):



Also, I forgot I had these Dune Luiza hot pink suede slippers (now £23)









The Karen Millen red suede ballerinas have gone back, but I might end up buying these MARKS & SPENCER | Autograph Albert suede flats | £45, although they are more covered than I like and I do have black flats.  Galore.  Can you have too many?:


Mishap No 2:

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I ordered some sale items from H&M.  Namely, this H&M | Silk blouse in dark grey | £20 (was £34.99):

It looks like a steel grey in the photo, but in real life it was more smoky grey, so had a purplish/brown tinge to it, which you can really see when I held it against a different grey top, at H&M:



The colour didn’t suit my complexion, and it didn’t work against any of my other grey items, so I took it back.

I also ordered the H&M | Straight regular jeans | 72% cotton, 28% polyester | £12 (was £29.99) in size 28, but they were too big, so I took them back.

Instead, I have ordered the jeans in size 27, and, after seeing it in real life and liking it, the H&M | Silk blouse in natural white and black | £20 (was £39.99).  It will replace a similar looking viscose one I had that, predictably, wore thin after a few years.

Mishap No 3:

I saw this Zara wool coat with funnel neck, in the sale:


I liked it, so I tried it on:


It then sold out, and a kind fashion fairy friend found me one.  Am I keeping it?  No. The shoulders are rounded, and mine must be, too, as its actually not as flattering as a coat with more structured, “upright” (?) shoulders.  Like the ZARA | Black cotton army jacket | £60 below that I am going to try and, likely, exchange the coat for:


Zara have changed the way this jacket was styled on the website, since yesterday, and I think the former styling was spot on:

"And don't we think that @Zara have got the styling right on this jacket, too? " Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! (02/11/2015)


Mishap No 4:

I loved the look of this navy Zara TRF jacket, and when it went on sale it was reduced from £60 to £30.  I dithered, it was further reduced to £20 and sold out.  I completely missed out. Them’s the (sale) breaks:




Thank you for reading, Reader, and I hope your shopping adventures have had fewer mishaps than mine!

By |February 12th, 2015|blazers & jackets, blog, shirts & tops, shoes, trousers|2 Comments

Outfit post: black and blue OR black and ivory

I wrote about the Top 10 work dresses last week, and today I’ve built two outfits around one of the dresses, so, on the left hand side is black and blue, and on the right, its black and ivory:

"Black and blue or black and ivory" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

The details of the individual pieces are:


1.  MANGO | Trimmed jacket in navy (TULUN) | 100% cotton.  Lined | £69.99

I really like the jackets that Mango do every season: you can often find a really well priced cotton jacket there that will give an otherwise classic outfit a more modern look.  This is one such jacket: not as formal as a suit jacket or structured blazer, but definitely smarter than a cardigan (which I would avoid).

2.  KAREN MILLEN | Maxi colour block clutch | 100% leather | 34 x 26 x 4cm | £105 (was £155)

How very Anya Hindmarch for less.  I’ve seen it in real life and I love it, I really do.  Its the sort of clutch that would really be so useful, pulling those varying shades of blues and black together.

3.  OFFICE | Gilly strap court in black | Suede upper, leather lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 7.5cm | £30 (was £65)

As you may recall, I bought these shoes last summer, and have often enjoyed wearing them since then.  They look fabulous, and feel great.

If you were wearing a plain black jacket, instead of the navy one, the REISS | Harper scallop detail shoes in blue | Suede upper, leather lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 9 cm | £60 (was £149) would be perfect (sigh.  I want them):

Womens Blue Scallop Detail Court Shoes - Reiss Harper






JAEGER OUTLET | Wool crepe textured dress | 100% wool crepe | £99 (was £220)



1.  MARKS & SPENCER | Autograph Cotton Rich Graphic Print Coat in black and ivory | 79% cotton, 10% acrylic, 9% viscose and 2% modal.  Lined | £99

I have seen this coat in real life, and its gorgeous.  A really lovely quality, classic, but interesting light weight coat.

Cotton Rich Graphic Print Coat

A more affordable, albeit synthetic, option is this ZARA | Patterned fabric crew neck coat | £40 (was £109).

2.  BANANA REPUBLIC | Jovana Pump in black and cream | Leather upper, breathable synthetic lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 3 3/4″ | £85

I’m really taken with the look of these elegant, but slightly foxy, heels.  Classic, but so appealing.  Plus, you know that with the Banana Republic memory foam inners, they will be comfortable.

3. KAREN MILLEN | Signature grainy leather tote in black | 100% leather | 39.5x17x33.5cm | £100 (was £250)

Its a Karen Millen bag again, as I have been into a couple of their shops over the last few weeks and am quite taken with their bags.  They have some good looking options in the sale section, as well as the new season range.


Thank you for reading, Reader, have a fantastic day.

By |February 9th, 2015|bags, blazers & jackets, blog, coats, dresses, outfit board, shoes|2 Comments

Top 10 work dresses

Some of my friends only wear dresses to work, and find that a great quality dress is one of the best workwear purchases you can make.  So, for my work dress loving friends, here are the Top 10 work dresses I found on the high street, right now:

"Top 10 work dresses" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

The details of the individual dresses are:

1. GOAT | Scarlett belted wool crepe dress in midnight blue | 100% wool crepe.  Lined | £198 (was £440)

I had to include Goat, in honour of my dear friend A who kills in her elegant, ladylike Goat wool crepe dresses.  Many cheaper brands use polyester crepe, but Goat use wool crepe, which looks and feels top quality.  There are quite a few Goat dresses on The Outnet at the moment, and, as they are an expensive brand, its worth keeping an eye out for them at such reduced prices.  This dress also comes in black or red.

GoatScarlett belted wool-crepe pencil dressfront

2.  MANGO OUTLET | Draped dress in bright blue (MAISOU21) | 80% viscose,17% polyamide,3% elastane.  Lined | £29.99 (was £44.99)

This is one of those very flattering, as well as very affordable dresses, which also comes in black.

This is what it looks like on me (in black, in size 10):

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3.  JAEGER OUTLET | Wool Crepe Textured Dress in black | 100% wool | £99 (was £220)

This would  have to be one of the quintessential classic work dresses, now at a far more affordable price.  On the Jaeger website, they have paired it with classic black court shoes, but I think it would look far better with some coloured and/or printed shoes and accessories.

4.  MARKS & SPENCER | Autograph Side Gathered Marl Bodycon Dress in navy | 90% viscose, 10% elastane.  Lined | £55

Dresses with a subtle, all over print can be hard to find, but are so flattering when you do find them.  Not only does it introduce a few colours into an outfit, the print detail can camouflage all sorts of lumps, bumps, creases and spills.  The rust version is on sale for £35.

Side Gathered Marl Bodycon Dress


5.  COS | Tie-waist blazer dress in black | 96% Wool, 4% Elastane | £125

I love this sharp “suit-substitute” dress, although, again, I would pair it with some interesting shoes and/or accessories.  Cos do some of the best work dresses on the high street, but they do sell out.  Interesting, sleek, usually classically shaped, in natural fibres at good prices: no wonder some of my friends keep a very close eye on their dress section.

6.  WHISTLES | Botanical Floral Silk Bodycon | Stretch silk.  Lined | £160

Whistles repeat this shape of dress in varying stretch silk patterns, from season to season, and you can see from this Trying It On at Whistles post that its the better of the two silk dress shapes that they do.  I know a lot of women who love Whistles dresses, both for work and after work, due to the abstract prints and chic shapes.




One very clever Reader, spotted this £35 dress from M&S as a great budget alternative.  It is, however, made of polyester, so I can’t comfortably wear it [fans overheated self], but I am linking it in case it would work for you.

If you are a size 16, the Ikat print version of this dress from last season is now £45, here.


7.  GOAT | Sabine wool crepe dress in claret | 100% wool crepe.  Lined | £180 (was £420)

I think I’m being quite restrained in only including 2 heavily reduced Goat dresses, don’t you?!  Its oh so elegant, this 60’s style number.

GoatSabine wool-crepe dressfront

8.  COS | Printed cotton dress in green | 98% cotton, 2% elastane | £79

This is the green version of a similar dress Cos did about a year ago.  I love the stained glass effect the print gives, and you can see me trying on the black version here, along with some other Cos dresses.  Basically, gorgeous, but size down.

Here’s how the black version looked on me:



9. & OTHER STORIES | Box pleat dress in light blue |  66% Triacetate, 34% Polyester | £65

An unusual inclusion from me, given the fabric.  However, its pretty and (delicate cycle) machine washable.

& Other Stories | Box Pleat Dress

10.  MANGO | Belted-waist shirt dress in khaki (REVENTA) | 98% cotton, 2% elastane | £34.99

I’m definitely casting my eyes ahead to spring, with this last inclusion. Shirt dresses are perfect for smart, but not too formal, work environments, and this khaki one has a little Out of Africa nod to it.  I like khaki a lot, and wear it with white, cream, black, tan and leopard print.  It also comes in black.

Belted-waist shirt dress

If you have a little more to spend, the Iris & Ink Adrienne silk shirt dress (£165) also looks lovely, and the silk obviously elevates the style of dress, into something you could wear at evening, too:

In navy, which would be perfect with the Boden Alice heels that I want:


Thank you for reading, Reader, have a fab day.


By |February 5th, 2015|dresses, The Best / Top X lists|4 Comments

More (workwear peeps) to follow


I love Instagram (here I am), and if you do too, here are some other workwear Instagram accounts to follow…  In my workwear style inspiration travels, I have discovered these great accounts:


Aggie is an Australian lawyer who is on Instagram only.  I like her style, although obviously she lives in a warmer climate than me (in London).  Here are some of her recent Instagram posts, and her account is here:








Esther has an office job here in London, and is one of some of my friends’ favourite Instagrammers, and here are some photos to show you why.  Her account is here:


By |February 5th, 2015|blog|1 Comment

New in: Uniqlo silk shirts (updated)

NOTE: This post has been updated to include photos of me trying on the Uniqlo silk shirts from this season.

This is not a sponsored post.  Actually, Uniqlo contacted me and asked me to do a sponsored post, but I don’t do those, so I politely declined.  Then went to their website and noticed that the long sleeved silk shirts that I loved from last season have just arrived, so I am writing about Uniqlo anyway!

Last season, the long sleeved silk shirts came in 1) collared; 2) collarless; and, 3) chest pocket versions.   This season I can only see the collared and chest pocket versions.

Here is the website photo of the UNIQLO | Long sleeved collared silk shirt | 100% silk | £39.90:

WOMEN Silk Long Sleeve Blouse

Here are the photos I took of the range of colours, to show how they look in real life:

"Another view of the @uniqlo_uk #silk #shirts, this time inc black and navy." Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! (01/31/2015)

"Last pic of the @uniqlo_uk #silk #shirts. Lest you feel spammed " Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! (01/31/2015)

Here are photos of me in the collared shirt, in size XS (the shirts are cut generously):


If you compare the above photos with the photos, below, of me in last season’s collared shirt (again, in size XS), you will see that the cut hasn’t changed:

By |February 2nd, 2015|blog, shirts & tops|7 Comments

Outfit post: in the navy

Many of my workwear outfit posts are black based, as I love black and its easy to match with more black or other colours.  However, as I age (!), I have noticed that sometimes navy is a better idea, and. indeed, I have girlfriends who have more or less abandoned black in favour or navy or grey.  So, here’s a navy based outfit board, using 1 jacket and 1 pair of trousers, to create 2 outfits:

"Navy workwear outfit" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

The details of the individual pieces are:

1.  REISS | Constance printed sleeveless top | 100% silk | £45 (was £95)

To be honest, I normally prefer to include sleeved tops, but the Dolores sleeved version is sold out online, except for sizes 14 and 16.  This is such a lovely, versatile print, though, that I am including it in case you live somewhere warmer than London, or can wait until spring.  Its worth looking at the Reiss sale range, as they have made their final reductions, and there are some beautiful pieces at affordable prices.

Womens Pansy Print Printed Sleeveless Top - Reiss Constance


2. MARKS & SPENCER | Autograph Albert suede pointed flats in blue | Suede upper, synthetic lining and sole | £45 

Its 20% off today at M&S, online only, so these are £36 for today.  I might just order the black version…

Suede Stain Away™ Albert Flat Pointed Toe Pumps with Insolia Flex®

3.  MANGO | Applique texture jacket in navy and black (JACOB) | 100% cotton outer.   Lined.  Vinyl appliques  £34.99 (was £69.99)

Navy and black is now a “thing”, and a jacket with both is really quite useful (I have a Zara Chanel-esque one from last year), as it looks good with both, as well as denim.

Appliqué texture jacket

4.  MANGO (OUTLET) | Cotton suit trousers in navy (JAPO2) | 97% cotton,3% elastane | £17.99

A nice reader was commenting on these, from this Trying It On at Mango post, and then alerted me to these trousers being available on the Mango Outlet.   They are really flattering on me, and I need size 8.  I am about to order them.

Cotton suit trousers

Here’s how they look on me in black:



5.  BANANA REPUBLIC | Dark Silk Popover Blouse in cosmic teal | 100% silk | £75

What a beautiful colour, I love this sort of jewel tone.  Not sure how its “cosmic” teal, but the name did make me smile.

6. BODEN | Alice high heel shoes in navy / amethyst | Suede upper, leather lining and sole | 8.5cm | £119

Oh Reader, these shoes drove the entire outfit.  I saw them, I love them and I just want them to be a little less expensive before I order them (I have shopped extensively in the sales).  If, however, you are ready to buy these utterly gorgeous, interesting, but entirely wearable heels, F3Z3 gets you 20% off.  Alternatively, it looks as though all shoes will be 20% off, on Friday.

I see that these heels come in 2 heel heights: 6 cm (“mid heel”) and 8.5cm (“high heel”).  What a good idea, as some women really struggle with high heels.

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Thank you for reading, Reader, and I hope you are off to a super start to your week.