10 Workwear Inspo Outfits from Pinterest

A majority of my clothes and accessories shopping has been workwear-focused over the last few months. As someone who enjoys styling outfits, I had not foreseen what a challenge it would be for me. Firstly, because workwear tends to call for more restraint; and secondly, because I, honestly, did not enjoy having to spend my money on (what seemed like) “boring” clothes.

These are not real problems, but let me indulge myself here.

My workplace calls for a balance between business casual and smart casual dressing. If you’re scratching your head just as much as I was, here’s an infographic that helped me out. Another big help – as always, when I’m stuck on ideas – was Pinterest. Here are 10 outfits I found on there that I’ve been taking inspiration from:

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White shirts are an all-time staple for me, and this white mid-length shirt dress is a great extension of that. I’ve already styled the knee-length one I have here, but I’d love to get my hands on one just like in the image.

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A classic blue button-down shirt is another staple for the workplace, I love this look where it’s paired with the off-white midi skirt. Super chic.

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I have a shirt very similar to the one in the image, which is why I saved it. The trousers are a tad too fitted on the waist for the office, I think. But I do have beige trousers that could work to re-create this outfit.

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Another blue-and-white striped shirt, this time paired with something I’m still on the hunt for: a gorgeous black mid-length pencil skirt. For me, good basics should have a really nice structure to them, and I just haven’t had any luck yet with the pieces I’ve bought (and then returned) online.

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I love a good pleated midi skirt. Although, perhaps, I might not wear one as sheer as the one in the image to the office, I think the way it’s been paired with the white shirt and stilettos is perfection.

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I have definitely worn a combo similar to this in the past; to the point where it’s my go-to uniform when I’ve run out of ideas, and don’t feel like wearing trousers. Midi skirts are always there to save the day time and again.

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This look is my kind of outfit. Neutral, minimal, and comfortable with the low-heeled shoes. I do wear my smarter t-shirts to work, sometimes. I’ll definitely try them out in the way this outfit has been styled.

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Hello again, sweater vest, my style nemesis. I had to save this image because I have a sweater vest very similar to the one in the image. I’m not sure how appropriate sleeveless pieces are for my office. But, I don’t like sleeveless stuff as much anyway, so I’d pair my sweater vest with a shirt underneath.

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This is my ideal outfit for work. I get bored of wearing trousers but I never get bored of jeans; so it’s quite the saving grace that they’re allowed where I work. Smarten them up with a good ol’ button-down, a nicely cut blazer and some smart shoes and you’ve got yourself another great work uniform on hand.

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This outfit is a great example of elevated basics. The scarf and gorgeous handbag have taken this cardi-jeans-ballerinas combo to the next level and I’m here for it.

If you’d like to see more outfits I’ve been loving in general on Pinterest, head over to my Outfit Inspo board!

How I’ve Been Styling My Shorts

I can feel Autumn knocking on my door, so while the weather has still allowed it, I’ve been making the most of styling my shorts as much as I can. Here are seven ways I’ve styled four of some of my favourite shorts:

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Shirt – H&M
ShortsFableStreet
Sandals – London Rag

Over my years of wearing shorts, I realised that I prefer tailored ones the most; the ones that almost look like trousers that have been cut in half. I like the way they make my outfits look smarter and more put together. This one from FableStreet is UH-MA-ZING. The fit and the colour…I just fell in love these tan shorts – which is why I styled them two more ways in this post.

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Shirt – H&M
ShortsFableStreet
Sandals – Carlton London

I really love the way the colour of these shorts is picked up in the print of the shirt. The tan, chunky-heeled sandals add a nice finishing touch to the whole look; which was kinda giving me safari vibes. We could call this a City Safari look, perhaps? Seems fitting enough.

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Top – Sisters Point
Shorts FableStreet
Sandals – ROCIA

Since gladiator-style sandals picked up again this year, I thought I’d experiment with them a bit more and see how they’d look with this wrap top. I think the whole look came out really well! I love the laid-back vibe of this entire combo. It made me feel like sitting outside in the sun and enjoying a really good book. (I didn’t end up doing that. Instead, I watched Netflix in bed.)

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Blazer – H&M
Shirt – *thrifted
Shorts – DOROTHY PERKINS
Loafers – *old

I cannot tell you how much I adore this outfit. It just feels like a really good representation of my style. I love a classic white button-down, a nice blazer and some great loafers. Putting them together like this made me feel like I had come back to a kind of sartorial home. There are just certain outfit combinations that bring out all the good feels, and this one was definitely one of them.

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Of all the shorts that I own, these are my favourite because they actually belonged to my mom! They were the first pair of tailored shorts that I got – and the ones that ignited my love for similarly styled shorts as well. I love the high-waist, the wider cut and the length. This pair is what I keep in mind when I’m looking to buy more shorts.

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This was another outfit that made me feel really good; and when you feel good, you carry yourself differently. That’s one of the powers of good styling for me. Even though I’ve been inside for weeks, this outfit made me feel like I a movie character who was living it up in a sunny, bustling city. I also love how this outfit was more neutral up-top and party down-below on my feet.

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Blazer – H&M
Camisole – H&M
Shorts – H&M
Sandals – London Rag

This last one was another experiment. Sometimes, I style myself according to fictional characters that I dream of in my head. I wanted this look to represent someone who could get down to business, but in a very casual way. Cue the pairing of shorts, a blazer and some slip-on sandals. Who’s ready for a brunch meeting with me by the beach? He-he.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if there are any specific items you’d like to see me style; I’d love some styling challenges thrown my way.