Sequins may not be the first thing that come to mind when planning a workwear outfit,but depending on the sequins and depending on the workplace they can add a dash of fun to an otherwise fairly "safe" outfit.
I was invited to be a guest speaker at a blogger workshop last week, and although the dress code at blogging events is usually "anything goes", I had a few requirements from my outfit that day. I needed:
- Comfy trousers for sitting on the train for a few hours (my Winser jersey trousers)
- Comfy footwear for running round London and travelling on the tube (my Nike hi-tops)
- Something warm now that the early mornings and the evenings are chilly (my longline blazer)
- A workbag to hold everything including my laptop/tablet and Olympus Pen camera (my Model KT workbag)
- A reasonably professional look to the outfit
- Something to add a bit of pizazz to the outfit - I am a fashion blogger, after all! (I chose sequins, like this top)
Somehow I managed to meet all those requirements - which doesn't usually happen, ever (I usually end up with sore feet or get too cold because the jacket I took wasn't warm enough). Although it was a fairly basic outfit with nothing out-of-the-ordinary in the way of accessorising, I think the secret to this outfit being suitable workwear lies in the sequins themselves.
SHOP THE LOOK:
WITH CLEAR SEQUINS YOU SIMPLY GET A GORGEOUS WATERY EFFECT - THEY DO LESS SCREAMING ABOUT BEING EVENING WEAR THAN COLOURED SEQUINS DO.
If you scroll down to the close up photo of the top, you'll see that it's a basic Breton stripe with clear sequins covering the whole thing. With clear sequins you simply get a gorgeous watery effect - they do less screaming about being evening wear than coloured sequins do. That's not to say you shouldn't still wear bold, bright sequins to work if your workplace allows for it (see Lisa of The Sequinist for a masterclass in how to wear them for the daytime)...!
And yes, I do know that Nike hi-tops probably aren't acceptable wear for most offices: I thought about taking heels to swap into once I got there, but to be honest the great thing about blogging as a profession is that anything goes clothes-wise. So I stayed in my comfy footwear (one less thing to carry) and am so glad I did.
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Les Petites sequinned top (here's a similar sequinned stripe top) | Winser jersey camel trousers c/o | F&F at Tesco blazer (this longline black blazer is a close match) | Nike high tops (c/o La Redoute) | Jennifer Hamley Model KT Workbag c/o | Lizzy O diamante wrap bracelets c/o | Lulus sunglasses (these black cat eye sunglasses are almost identical) | Leighton Denny 'Moonshine' nail polish c/o
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