It’s 7.30am, your hair is in a messy bun, you haven’t brushed your teeth yet and you’ve got a bit of toast hanging out of your mouth… and then you have to decide what to wear. UGH. I wish I could be that kinda gal that decides it all the night before, and it works for about 3 days until I start planning it in my head and forgetting my choices by the next morning.
When it does come around to outfit creating the next day I usually reach for a comfy pair of trousers, any top that is clean and a pair of black shoes that will be appropriate and not make my feet ache. Sound familiar?
Well, this is boring. IT’S SO BORING. If I don’t choose my outfits the night before I usually end up in an all black ensemble with no pattern, no colour and no confidence, and that leads to a bad day most of the time. It’s time to give our workwear a lift, whilst keeping comfort levels high and time consumption low.
When you have no idea what to wear to work it’s always easy to start with a simple pair of trousers, whether they’re black, grey, navy or burgundy. But let’s be honest, we all prefer black. In the last few months I’ve been upgrading my wardrobe with ‘fun work tops’ that are more colourful, contain no black and also aren’t just a plain material. I’m talking frills, florals, sleeves, different cuts, chiffons, plaid, THE LOT.
It takes a bit of bravery to choose items like this (who’d have thought I’d ever wear white on my pale skin?!) but they look so good against black trousers! After all, you can get away with wearing the same pair of trousers a few times a week, but not necessarily the same top, so obviously that’s where your investments should be going.
In this look my top and trousers are both from Missy Empire, and with lots of items similar to these on their site I’m sure you’ll find something you love on there. Yes the top also comes in a black version, but you’re only allowed it if you wear it with white trousers 😉
And what’s so good about wearing black trousers and a colourful top? You can match your shoes and create a real ensemble. It’s not just about lifting your outfit, it’s about lifting your mood and your confidence while you’re at it.
These orange heels keep comfort key with not too high a heel (I’ll admit I’m v good at walking in heels so they might be a bit high for some of you) and the straps across the whole foot and ankle means they won’t slip off throughout your working day. And they’re bright orange… and they match your top… what’s not to love?! The shoes are from Ego and as always you can get 20% off with code PHASESOFROBYN20 too, so they don’t even have to break the bank.
I think we can sometimes shy away from brighter shoes in case they don’t go with many things, or if the heel is too high, but high street shops are really getting to know that not all of us want 6 inch heels and open toes (& kitten heels are also making a come back)!
SHOP MY LOOK
Top – c/o Missy Empire
Trousers – c/o Missy Empire
Bag – c/o River Island (same but with a funky chain here)
Shoes – c/o Ego (20% off with code PHASESOFROBYN20)
Necklace – Topshop
Watch – c/o Daniel Wellington
Are you an all-black workwear girl? Or do you have a penchant for going all-out-colour in the office?! I’m somewhere in the middle, but it definitely pays off to shop around the high street for some non-black tops to wear with your dark trousers!
Let me know what you think of the outfit in the comments!
* c/o shows items gifted to me for the purpose of the post. This post also contains affiliate links, where if a sale is made from them I make a small percentage of money (which can go towards making more content for you all)! *