Despite being able to wear pretty much anything to work (sequin skirt and trainers? Yes. T-shirt, jeans and Converse? Yep), I still always look to a more smarter approach to workwear. Mainly as a good excuse to get me out of my daily jeans uniform, but also because I often get asked what I’d wear to work.
So this is it. Not exactly ground-breaking, I know….but I always believe a well-cut pair of trousers can get you anywhere. And these are pretty fab, as far as an investment pair go. They’re by Samantha Cameron’s next business venture: Cefinn, and the brand is selling phenomenally well on Net A Porter – with many styles already sold out in their first season. I’ve had loads of compliments on these – between a dark navy and a black with the perfect height on the ankle for me.
I’m a strong believer that if you wouldn’t wear it in your ‘real’ life, don’t wear it to work. And the thing about a good pair of trousers is that they’re the basis of a great wardrobe, no matter what job you do – entrepreneur, creative, mum – and can then be used as a building block for more affordable pieces.
Here I’m wearing with Uniqlo‘s iconic linen shirt (but I bought in a men’s size Small, for a less fitted style with extra slouchiness) and an old pair of Zara heels. And I feel ‘luxe’. But equally they work with flats or trainers for the commute or the school run…
And because workwear’s a tricky one, I’ve put together a little gallery of some great High Street pieces that can be worn for both work and real life. My tip is look for the usual workwear culprits in a way that you can make your own – a shirt with more quirky details like embroidery, or a pair of statement earrings that can lift your daily look: