Monday, 3 October 2016

How to Style Sequins as Workwear + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

How to Style Sequins as Workwear: Sequinned Breton top, camel wide leg trousers, black blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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:

  1. Comfy trousers for sitting on the train for a few hours (my Winser jersey trousers)
  2. Comfy footwear for running round London and travelling on the tube (my Nike hi-tops)
  3. Something warm now that the early mornings and the evenings are chilly (my longline blazer)
  4. A workbag to hold everything including my laptop/tablet and Olympus Pen camera (my Model KT workbag)
  5. A reasonably professional look to the outfit
  6. 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.

How to Style Sequins as Workwear: Sequinned Breton top, camel wide leg trousers, black blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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.

Do add your outfits to this week's link up and if you've added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured next week.

If you haven't already read yesterday's post about how I'll be posting every day in October please pop over and tell me your thoughts on bloggers who post daily...!

ARE YOU A FAN OF SEQUINS GENERALLY, AND HAVE YOU DARED TO WEAR THEM TO THE OFFICE? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

How to Style Sequins as Workwear: Sequinned Breton top, camel wide leg trousers, black blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Style Sequins as Workwear: Sequinned Breton top, camel wide leg trousers, black blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Style Sequins as Workwear: Sequinned Breton top, camel wide leg trousers, black blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Style Sequins as Workwear: Sequinned Breton top, camel wide leg trousers, black blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Style Sequins as Workwear: Sequinned Breton top, camel wide leg trousers, black blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
How to Style Sequins as Workwear: Sequinned Breton top, camel wide leg trousers, black blazer | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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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#iwillwearwhatilike | Not Dressed As Lamb
Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist's list of "inappropriate" items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!

The link up goes live every Monday at 3pm UK time and will stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you're wearing whatever you damn well like!




Linking up etiquette...

CLICK HERE to read the rules of linking up (and to grab the #iwillwearwhatilike button). Basically it's just good manners to link back to here - to leave a comment is even nicer!


Featured favourites

My favourite outfits from last week's link up:

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Catherine

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38 comments

  1. Love this stylish work appropriate look, Catherine. I always try to add a highlight, usually a statement accessory or a bright pair of shoes to my office outfits. I love your idea of sequins under a classy blazer!
    Thank you so much for including me in your "Featured Favourites".

    xx
    Annette | Lady of Style

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    1. Thank you Annette - you're the Queen of Stylish Workwear in my Eyes!!!! xx

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  2. Gorgeous fun but professional look! Sequins are always a good idea in my books! Hope you're off to a smashing week Catherine!
    Thanks for hosting
    Rxx

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    1. Aww thanks Rachel - and yes they are, aren't they...?!!

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  3. I have several sequin shirts...love them. Love yours too!

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  4. Hey I'm gonna be digging around my closet for my sequin sweater! Thanks for the inspo, Catherine!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

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  5. Hi Catherine! Now these are some sequins I could get into! Love the bit of shimmer to dress up the striped top, and your workbag is fabulous! Thank you for featuring my look from last week!
    Have a great week!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. It was my pleasure to feature you, Jess! And thank YOU xx

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  6. Always looking classy and put together, proof that sequins can be for work and adults.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
    Instagram

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  7. I love stripes ♥️. You look amazing in this outfit. Thanks for the link -up!

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  8. I just spent the weekend running around London in either flat boots or trainers and still had aching feet so I don't blame you for ditching the heels! Fiona Bruce presented the Six O'clock news in trainers so that must mean they're now acceptable for the office...ok she had broken her foot, but they still looked smart. I'm all for more sequins at any time of the day! Great outfit topped off with that beautiful bag :-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Oh I didn't know that about Fiona Bruce, Emma... Good for her for refusing to suffer in heels!!!! Thank you sweetie, glad you liked it x

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  9. I just spent the weekend running around London in either flat boots or trainers and still had aching feet so I don't blame you for ditching the heels! Fiona Bruce presented the Six O'clock news in trainers so that must mean they're now acceptable for the office...ok she had broken her foot, but they still looked smart. I'm all for more sequins at any time of the day! Great outfit topped off with that beautiful bag :-)

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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  10. Wonderful post Catherine! I think every outfit becomes so much more interesting … with occasion details and needs revealed! A+ darling!!

    xox
    Tamera Beardsley

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    1. Ooooh occasion details *always* elevate an outfit, Tamera - I agree!! Thank you xx

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  11. Absolutely. A little dazzle always adds personality to an outfit, and oftentimes, it manifests itself in my choice of footwear. Once in a while, it's a pair of sequinned joggers, or the side panels of a pencil skirt, or perhaps even the trims of a bralette just peeking out from under a camisole :)

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    1. Oh I know all about you and your footwear, Sheela!!! 😉

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  12. Such a great look! You look beautiful XO. Stop by and join the linkup @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2016/09/linkupwithlisa-69-overcoming-anxiety.html

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  13. I have worn my share of sequins to the office- and plan to continue to do so :)
    -InMyJoi.blogspot.com

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  14. So glad to be able to come back to your blog.
    Much love, dear Catherine
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Thank you, Sacramento – though were you having problems? No one else mentioned not being able to get the blog come up…?!

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  15. I don't think I own any sequins at the moment, but I love your outfit! I think it would be appropriate for quite a few workplaces! And how great that you were warm and your feet didn't hurt during your trip to London - I think those things make life so much more enjoyable. And you managed to look fabulous at the same time!!!

    Thanks for the link up!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Ooh I think you need to get some sequins in your wardrobe, Andrea!! Yes my feet were very grateful that I went with the flats in the end 😉 Thank you sweetie!

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  16. You look lovely Catherine. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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  17. You've managed to nail the fun and functional all in one, Catherine. The sequins show that you don't take yourself too seriously but the overall effect is still one that looks pulled together and professional.
    I don't blame you keeping your comfy shoes on all day!

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. When the finished look is so perfectly "casual chic," why shouldn't sequins be appropriate for daytime?? Even without the shimmery detail, this striped shirt and long blazer combo would make a stylish statement, dearest Catherine (don't even get me started on your amazing KT Workbag!)...but those sequins are the icing on the sartorial cake!! XOXO

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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  19. Fabulous and fun look that still looks professional, I love it! Effortless! :-)

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  20. Love the sneakers, love the sequins...I would absolutely wear this to work!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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  21. Love how you styled this sequin top as work wear. Perfect coat as the outwear.
    xoxo
    Liza
    Liza Corner | Instagram | Facebook

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  22. Okay---that's exactly what I needed to add to my plaid outfit---sequins!!
    Too bad I didn't have this thought sooner!!
    I think the bling of the sequins add such fun to this outfit. And really, functionality wise---it's perfect for the women out there who don't love to add in accessories!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  23. Just the right mix of serious and fun - I'm with you on that! Sequins are magic. I hope your speaking engagement went well.

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  24. I love the mix of practicality with a dash of fun in this outfit Catherine! I don't think I've worn sequins during the daytime to work, but have in the evenings - maybe that's a new challenge for me? Thanks for the linkup party again. Wishing you a great week x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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  25. Such a great outfit, for work, for shopping, for just anything! I love bling! - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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