Yes another Style Challenge has been presented to us and once again I’m going to split the posts up because I don’t want to overload our readers.
Our good friend Ry wrote to us asking for a bit of help with outfits to wear to work:
My challenge to you is to design a few different outfits I could wear to work. As a journalist it’s very hard to find outfits that walk the fine line between professional and casual. As I balance my time between covering council issues and sport, I need to look professional but also be comfortable. Added to that is an inherent dislike of heels at work (I mean honestly, who can wear heels on a construction site?) and a need to have closed-in shoes for many of my jobs. So I’m looking for a professional, yet funky, range of outfits for work. My budget would be under $150 per outfit.
My size is about 18/20 for most clothes and about a seven and a half in shoes.
Hope you can help!
Thanks so much for writing into us. One thing we pride ourselves on here is that we can help the every-day woman look smart and feel sexy while being comfortable and practical!
I understand your pain of having to wear enclosed shoes that are appropriate as I too work in an industry that requires safe foot wear. I don’t like spending too much $$$ on footwear for work and find that hunting a decent deal at Target or Kmart is the way to go. Kmart have some great ballet flats that are sweet and cheap (not great on quality but if you have 7 pairs at $12 a pop, it certainly expands your choices) and Target has some great quality and inexpensive shoes too. I recently spent $40 on a pair of boots that I just adore. I can’t stop wearing them.
The first things I recommend you do to have a comfy yet professional wardrobe is buy a blazer. If you chuck a blazer over anything it suddenly looks corporate! ‘City Chic’ has some superb options and as someone who has met you and seen you body shape I highly recommend a blazer with a draped front. Here is an example for the bitching price of $79.95
Not only will this jacket flatter your figure, it is lightweight making it super practical for those of us who move around a lot. :)! If you want to spice it up a little brooches have made a big come back and you can usually find some cheap but chic versions at Diva or Lovisa.