Sometimes getting yourself to the office is a tough gig. You might be unwell or unslept. You may have been up with the kids for days on end. Or you’ve been super busy and you’re just worn out.
Or you’d rather be at a pool bar somewhere than thinking about office fashion.
You’re unenthusiastically getting ready and you’re thinking “Shit, what am I going to wear?”
Yep we all have those days, hey. You end up flicking through your clothes and nothing is very appealing – too tight, needs ironing, needs a world of oomph that you just don’t feel, not comfortable, dirty…
Don’t worry – there is a solution! Here are my top tips for getting out the door looking stylin’ on those days when you really can’t be assed.
Some people find it’s easier to get stuff ready the night before. I don’t. I am much better in the mornings. I can’t think straight at night. I just lay everything out first thing when I get up and then after I’ve done all the chores, made lunches, brekky etc, I’m good to get in shower and get dressed. Do whatever you know will work best but a tiny bit of forward thinking will make a world of difference when you’re not feeling tip-top.
Wearing all black or black and white is a great way to pull an outfit together simply and look effortlessly chic.
On ick days, black trousers are my best friend. I have a skinny pair and wide legged pair by Sacha Drake. They are made of some sort of high-tech-super-fabric and don’t require ironing. I also have a pair of Piper ones which I just get dry cleaned every few wears (more like every few nevers!).
I am an absolute sucker for a pencil skirt. As I am apple shape, they suit my figure well and I always feel glam. Mine are all made of stretchy fabric and don’t require ironing. You may look better in an a-line or a flared skirt, but the secret is to have these days in mind when you are shopping and grab something that can be a ‘go-to’ skirt.
I have some very good quality t-shirts, in black, white and grey. I find these an absolute godsend when I’m struggling. Again, the non ironing factor is a blessing but also they look very stylish when teamed with any of my skirts or tops. If they start fading or pilling relegate to the gym drawer. If this is too casual for your work, throw on a jacket.
Nikki Parkinson has a great post on putting together wardrobe basics.
I have a couple of stretch dresses which I can slip into at a moment’s notice and feel ready to take on the world. The secret is to find a dress in jersey, that is wash and wear, fits very well (beware that there is enough fabric in the wrap if you are busty like me) and is super comfortable (i.e. no fear of ‘wardrobe malfunctions’). This dress will take you through the worst hangovers or bloated period days with ease.
Whenever I feel bleugh, I wear my stilettos as I get my instant glam on and feel rad. Check my Mad About Stilettos post. But that’s not for everyone. Go for comfort! But make sure you have one pair of comfy ballet flats that are in good condition that you can throw on on such occasions. Don’t wear your most scuffed old shoes just because they seem the most relaxed at the time. You’ll feel worse later in the day when you look down at your manky old bag-lady feet.
Less is best when you’re not feeling the most motivated. A coloured bangle can do wonders to pick up a monochrome outfit. A chunky statement necklace looks great on a t-shirt.
Things NOT to worry about:
- Your trousers need dry cleaning – unless they’re covered in baby vom, no-one will know.
- Your bra hasn’t been washed – wear it anyway, no one will see it (hehehehe clearly I’m a grubby girl!!).
- Makeup seems too hard – just smash on some BB cream in place of foundation and put on some lippie as you’re running out the door.
Things you SHOULD worry about:
- Wear deodorant and perfume – covers up a world of stink-sins.
- Have a toothbrush in your bag – you’ll be amazed at how having a clean mouth can make you feel great.
- Wear decent shoes – scuffed dirty shoes with worn soles make you look like you’ve given up.
- Your hair – if you have wayward hair, brush it and put it in a ponytail. Mine is nuts and I can look like a mental person, so when I really can’t be bothered it goes up in a high bun.
What do you think – does that help? What’s your best tip for cruising into the office when you feel like hell?