Thursday, 31 January 2019

A Smart Casual Workwear Wishlist *

-*This is a collaborative post with Bonmarchè, all opinions are my own-
I love doing fashion wishlists on my blog because there's always something I'm interested in buying and I'm always adding items into my favourites or wishlists on various different websites but I thought I'd change it up a little in this post and do a "Smart Casual Workwear Wishlist" instead of my usual fashion wishlists. I feel like a lot of people have different views on what is classed as Smart Casual but this is my take on what I feel is appropriate and within that particular bracket and also share what I would feel comfortable wearing day to day in a workplace environment. 


(ASOS) Oasis Heart Print Shirt £36 / ASOS Design Ridley High Waist Skinny Jeans £28 / ASOS DESIGN Fluted Sleeve Smock Dress in Spot Print £25 / Pull&bear Flat Boot With Harness Detail £45.99

I personally think you can't go wrong with a shirt if you're trying to look more professional and smart. But as this post is all about smart casual then the shirt I've chosen to feature in this post is a little more fun than a bog standard white or black shirt. Instead it is white with bright red love hearts scattered all over and I think it would look nice tucked loosely into some jeans with black boots and maybe a blazer to smarten up the look more. I also really like the Fluted Sleeve Smock Dress in Spot Print. I love anything spot printed and I just think it looks cute and also comfortable and I think it would also look great paired with some boots.

New Look Mid Pink Roll Neck Boxy Jumper £19.99 (available in various colours)  New Look Black Ditsy Floral Midi Skirt £15.99 / New Look Brown Suedette Leopard Print Pinafore Dress £22.99 / Topshop Polka Spot Slouch Jumpsuit £39

A chunky knit roll neck jumper like the one above tucked into a printed midi skirt is another smart casual look I personally like the look of and it's a great outfit for the colder months. I really like the ditzy floral print of the New Look midi skirt and I think you could continue wearing the skirt in the Spring and Summer and opt for a t-shirt or shirt instead of the knit jumper. I also love pinafore dresses even though I find it quite hard to find them for my plus size and short 5'2" body. I also have developed a love for leopard print all of a sudden so when I saw the Suedette Leopard Print Pinafore Dress from New Look I had to add to my this wishlist. I just wish I could find one similar in my size! Another item I really like the look of the Topshop Polka Spot Slouch Jumpsuit because it looks so comfortable and I think it'd look really nice with a blazer and boots or sandals depending on the weather and the season.

Joanie Sabrina Stripe Colour Top £28  / New Look Black Patch Pocket Denim Skirt £19.99  / New Look Khaki Tie Paperbag Waist Trousers £19.99 / New Look Block Heel Boots in Cheetah Print £19.99 

The Sabrina Stripe Colour Top from Joanie would look so nice either tucked into a denim skirt or even some khaki trousers like the ones above from New Look. I personally think stripes, when done correctly, look professional and I really like the peter pan styled collar and tie up collar detailing and I think it makes it look that extra bit smarter. If you want to make a bold statement with your outfit or if you think it looks a little plain then you could add in some animal print boots like the New Look Block Heel Boots above too.

 New Look Black Gingham Button Side Pinafore Dress £22.99 / Dr Martens Modern Classics Smooth 1460 8-Eye Boots £130  / Joanie Rosaline Woodland Print Tea Dress £40 / Lipsy Bag with Cross Body in Pink £48  

Another pinafore dress has made the smart casual wishlist! It's another one from New Look and in a black and white gingham print with side buttoning. I feel like you could size up a dress size and wear a thin knitted jumper underneath for the colder months or wear it with a t-shirt underneath in the Spring so it's seasonally versatile. Again I feel like it would look nice with either boots like some Dr Martens or some comfortable sandals. I also love the look of the Joanie Rosaline Woodland Tea Dress because it's just so pretty and you could style it with a cardigan, a jumper or a blazer. I'm currently a big fan of pale blush pink bags right now too so I had to add the Lipsy bag I came across on ASOS which is the perfect size for work and would tie into Gingham Pinafore Dress/Joanie Woodland Dress outfits nicely.

If you feel like you need help to identify your workwear style then you can use Bon Marche's quiz to help you!


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