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Style Inspiration - Work Wear

Hey all!

How are you doing? Great? Great!

I have always wanted to do a work style inspiration post. One time, I had drawn up a schedule and paired the outfits, got my friend to take the pictures only for every single thing to go wrong that day. I am not exaggerating.

First of all, my room mate lost her phone while we were packing up to head to the shoot. We should probably have taken that as a sign to discontinue but we forged on. We spent about an hour going between the location and my house but the phone wouldn't turn up. We finally decided to just start shooting. All of a sudden became very windy. We kept on! Lol! And then, the straw that broke the camel's back: the lens we were shooting with fell. At that point, I realized that my village people had caught up with me so we shelved the shoot.

I had initially planned to shoot this as part of my Christmas look book last year but I never got around to it. I did wear it to church on Christmas day however. I had to slay for Jesus! Yes? Yes!

I thought about it some more and decided it is something I would probably wear to work on a day that I am feeling extra feisty. Well, maybe with a different pair of shoes.

Now, when you think of work-wear, you'd most likely think of neutrals and simple cuts. But, it doesn't quite have to be that way except your office has a strict dress code.

The trick is to aim for elegance. So stylish but not over the top. This is when you want to engage the concepts of 'less is more' and the 'three color rule'.

As in my ensemble, I have two shades of burgundy, lilac and gold (but like I mentioned earlier, you probably shouldn't wear gold shoes to work).

What you should do is pay attention to:

  • The length of your heels. Nothing too high and definitely nothing noisy.
  • Your accessories. You don't want to over accessorize to the office. Keep it simple and chic.
  • Fit. You want your work wear to fit perfectly. Nothing too snug and nothing too big.
  • Hues and shades. Softer hues are work perfect. You don't want to draw negative attention.

As a 9-5er, your wardrobe should consist of the following essentials:
  • A perfectly tailored (knee to midi) length skirt. The versatility of this will come in handy on days when you're running late and haven't quite figured out what to wear yet.
  • A nice pair of decent pumps. 
  • A 'pull everything together' blazer. If it is structured, even better! Again, the versatility of this is amazing!
  • A structured bag. Awfully hypocritical coming from me as you'd easily find me with a satchel rather than a  handbag. But, hey! Do as I say and not as I do.
  • Ankle-length cigarette pants or longer if that's your style.
  • A white button-down shirt. Find out why here and here.
  • Fuss free jewelry as referenced above and
  • A pair of casual Friday denim

So that's it people! Have I left out any details? What are your go-to work outfits? Do share with us in the comment section.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee


  1. I like the first picture!! All of them actually! You look good and your hair is really pretty. I like your corporate style and id like to see you do more like this. x x x

  2. You look gorgeous in this outfit. Love the color combination.

  3. I actually do like the colours burgundy. It's quite different from the normal colours for work wear

  4. Haha your village people were definitely out to get you that day. I love the colour combination, it's so different from the norm. You look amazing! xxCoco Bella Blog


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