A new job means… Shopping! My office appropriate wardrobe

So you guys I recently landed myself a new job! (Yay me!) I’m super excited to start on my new journey and I’m really eager to see what’s in store. But of course one of the first thoughts after finding out I got the job was ‘OMG what will I wear?!’, followed by a trawl of the internet for office appropriate clothes. 

I’ve worked in retail for the past seven years and we’ve always just been able to wear the products that we sell in store, so there’s never really been a strict dress code, just as long as we look fashionable.

My new job is office based and so the dress code is smart/casual, but with the mindset of dressing for the day ahead, i.e. if you have meetings or need to make a good impression then a more formal dress code would be required for that specific day. I’ve worked in an office before with a very similar dress code so I have an idea of what to expect – but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to make a good impression.

Whilst trawling the internet I thought that some of you guys might find a list of fashionable plus-size office wear useful. So here is a list of my favourite office wear, none of this is sponsored and all my opinions are my own, enjoy!

The Snake Shift Dress

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This dress give me real Chanel vibes, it looks expensive with its woven fabric and added pocket detail. It’s very on trend with the pale pink hues and the snake print and a great addition to your spring wardrobe. This dress would look cute on its own or with a crisp white collar poking through. Wear it with tights, ankle boots and a tailored jacket to really set off that office look.

The Scarlet Tie Waist Top 

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When I used to work in an office I’d wear things that come in at the waist and then flared out over my stomach and hips. I’d do this so as when I sat down at my desk, I wouldn’t feel self conscious about my top clinging to my stomach and instead the flowy material would disguise it. The colour of this top is just gorgeous and the bow ties slightly to one side, the material is crepe and so it gives it more formal feel. Pair this with a tailored jacket and a pair of tapered leg trousers complete the outfit.

Check Pinafore Dress

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I love the idea of this pinafore dress being worn with a crisp white collared shirt underneath it. The collar would poke through and make it look more formal. Wear with tights and a pair of brogues to set the look.

Side Stripe Tapered Trousers

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I love these trousers, they are a classic staple with a twist. It gives a formal outfit a sports luxe edge, team these trousers with a crisp white shirt, a tailored jacket and plain white pair of trainers or pumps.

Belted Square Neck Jumpsuit

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I love this look and the outfit could be multifunctional. This jumpsuit looks great with a white shirt underneath, it really helps to smarten it up. It’s amazing the power of the white shirt, its essentially THE work staple that you need.

Art Deco Leopard Tie Waist shirt

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I love this shirt, the print and the colour clash gives me a real 60s vibe. The tie waist helps to pull you in. Its a take on a classic smart silhouette but with a fashionable edge. Wear this shirt with leggings healed ankle boots and a tailored jacket to offset the look.

Chain print tie waist shirt dress 

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So its official chain print has well and truly made a comeback, the Versace vibe is back. Ive seen it more recently mixed with primary colours like red or blue to give it a pop of colour. When styling this dress think about adding gold accessories to give it a real luxe vibe.

Polka dot wrap top

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The shape of this top is gorgeous and again great when sat at a desk because its fit and flare. Wear with a pair of tapered trousers and a tailored jacket.

The Staple Tailored Jacket

So along with the simple white shirt a tailored jacket is also an office wear staple. It can make an outfit go from being casual to smart really effortlessly. There are lots of fun and exciting takes on a classic jacket so play about with it. Here are some of my favourite plus sized tailored jackets.

Edge to Edge Blazer

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I like that the buttons are a different colour, however you could get some snazzy buttons from your local habidashory to really give it an expensive feel. Because this jacket is quite a bold colour, keep whatever you pair it with simple and not too clashing, unless that’s the look you’re going for of course.

Oversized Rouched Sleeve

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This jacket has a real 80’s vibe to it when everyone wore the power suits and had huge hair. To style this simply pair with a blouse and tapered trousers, to give it a fashionable edge wear with trainers, or to keep it smart wear a chunky brogue or loafer.

Peplum Collarless Jacket

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This jacket is phenomenal and its enough to really get your boss babe vibes flowing. This jacket would look great with a fitted LBD underneath and a classic court shoe, to add a little pop of colour simply add a patterned or colourful shoe.

Its honestly amazing the power that clothes can give you. Sometimes how you dress for work can have an impact on how you feel and ultimately how you perform. Dressing like you mean business not only shows that you do, but it helps to put a spring in your step and allows you to feel as though you can accomplish anything. It’s pretty empowering.

So go on, go out and try on that suit and dress like a real boss babe, you’ll feel hella confident for doing so!

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