I’m so excited to be able to write this post because it comes as a result of being offered an amazing summer internship as a Digital Marketer and Copywriter for the brilliant start-up company Kafoodle. Anyway, once I’d jumped around and told everyone I knew the good news, I went to my wardrobe and realised that I have absolutely no office style work wear. I’m lucky that Kafoodle has a very relaxed vibe and so there weren’t any strict rules and high heels definitely didn’t need to be worn (phew!) but still, I wanted to feel smart and my faded black jeans just weren’t going to cut it.
Whenever I’m online shopping my first port of call is always ASOS, not only for the selection but for the amazing free returns and customer service. I love that you can send back for another size, or even order a few sizes of one item, and then send the others back for free. More companies need to clock on to this as it’s a deal breaker for me, especially as I’m a curvy 5ft 10, one size most definitly does not fit all!
I centred this look around the trousers. These tie waist peg trousers come in a light and comfortable linen, they combine comfort with a smart appearance and are going to be perfect for the hot summers days that I’m sure are on the way. I love that they’re quite high waisted and will clinch in at my smallest part, accentuating my curves. £30.00
I couldn’t decide on tops so purchased both of these. Firstly a simple white camisole from the ASOS Tall range, with a double layer, so as not to be completely see through, and that bit of extra length I’ve covered all bases here. This goes with everything and anything, at £12.00 the quality is actually very good and the material hangs beautifully. The back also tapers to a V giving what is a very simple top a more tailored look.
The other top combines some of my favourite fashion trends at the moment, ruffles and visible shoulders. This cold shoulder top is an off white colour and looks gorgeous with the blue of the trousers. The oversized sleeves clinch at the wrist, and the ruffles continue around the neckline creating a very feminine effect. At £30.00 it seemed a little expensive but having tried it on I know I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of it this summer. One thing to note is it is actually a lot more of a peachy colour than in the photo but still a great piece.
To get a real mix of smart and casual try pairing an Oxford shirt with more laid back trousers. An oversized shirt can look great tucked in or tied up with jeans or peg trousers. You’ll find a lot more choice in the men’s section of websites, and with so many patterns, colours, fits and styles to choose from you’re bound to find one that works for you.
For shoes I found myself torn again and so opted for both a smarter and a more casual pair. The smarter black slingbacks come in a gorgeous suedette, the toe tapers to a slight point and they are the more professional option of the two. With a wider fit option, they don’t get too narrow at the toe and are definitely more comfortable than the slimmer original fit. I’d wear these with the camisole, to get a more chic office look, and they look great with jeans too. For £11.50 you can’t really go wrong.
For £8.50 I just couldn’t resist these white espadrilles. For a more casual summer look, they go perfectly with the ruffled top and are so comfortable for those days spent marching around London. White may not be the most dirt friendly option but they have wiped clean pretty easily so far, and for £8.50 I may even invest in a second pair.
When it comes to bags I’m a lover of the Mary Poppins variety, the kind that can hold your laptop, chargers, jumper, lunch box, spare shoes, you name it, it’s in there. So this silver shopper tote ticked all my boxes. Perfect for carrying around my laptop and folders but also stylish, adding a bit of metallic sparkle to an otherwise quite reserved colour scheme. £18.00
I absolutely love all of these pieces, and didn’t need to return a thing! Would you wear any of them?