I can find dressing for work a challenge. As a teacher, my ultimate goal is to look professional and smart, but on the other side of the penny, I also believe it’s important to let your personality shine. There’s a fine line to tread, somewhere between Next and Urban Outfitters.
Whilst I love the tailored dresses that Next offer, bonus points for petite sizing, I find that it can restrict me and my purse. Honestly, how can I cheer lead to the rounding to the nearest 10 song in tailoring? Then, there’s the well-known sigh as yet another paint-covered hand taps me…’Miss!’ Dress ruined. I aim to never spend more than £25 on a work dress.
However, I accept that sometimes I may have to look a little smarter than other times and a tailored dress is the only solution for me. This may sound contradictory, but sometimes, you got to do what you got to do. So, I try to think basics with a twist. This grey, tweed dress was a TK Maxx bargain, it cost £14.99 and fits like a dream. Stretchy, comfortable and smart. It’s a simple shift dress. I choose to mix it with a collared blouse and the colour burgundy to add my own spin on it.
And then, there are the times, when it’s Friday and I think, what the heck! And all the pretty, patterned dresses in my wardrobe get giddy, until I pick ‘the one’. The one being the dress that makes me feel girly, just for the day. Okay, I may have over-dramatised the ceremonial choosing of the dress…but I’m sure you know what I mean.