Working as a freelancer sometimes it takes that little extra kick up the arse to fix up and look sharp. Especially during the colder months it’s quite the mighty challenge for me, as it’s tempting just to keep it to denims and cashmere especially on those days where I’m just working from home without having to have contact with human kind apart from my dog and husband to be. After reading a really interesting article about ‘why your wardrobe is everything when you go freelance’ via the new blog Work Work Work by fashion editor Katherine Ormerod – it’s great to know that I’m not on my own on this one.
When you don’t really have one point of reference to go everyday i.e. an office it can sometimes be a bit of a slur. Just before I started blogging full time when I was still styling too, I actually got a lovely little office in town with another stylist. More so to just have that place to go every day and get dressed for and feel like a serious person. Sounds really weird if this doesn’t apply to you, I know some of my full time fashion friends can’t wait to have a week where home is there base. But the reality is it can all get rather jumbled up if you’re not careful. However with a bit of strategy and conscious effort to get up, get dressed into something different every day as you would if you had something uber important on every day – it make everything a lot more enjoyable and productive.
More about fixing up and looking smart: I have to occasionally remind myself why I chose the career path I did and the fact that it allows me to dress as I like. In the final few years at school I always used to get into trouble about an element of my outfit: my suit not matching, my shirt not being ‘properly’ tucked in, if my shoes weren’t the ‘correct’ kind of heel, or my hair was not tied up, which really used to piss me off. Of course now I get slight fomo of never reeeally having to be super smart – because wearing a suit really does give you the essence of dressing for business so I suppose this is my own twist on the case in point. The amazingly cut black trouser is the serious-and-ready-for-business outfit element and I supposed the electric pink heels (now £20), the Levis casual T shirt and the PVC coat are the I-love-fashion elements. Here we have ‘Sharp Smart’ – I work from home but it’s still a job and I’m still totally ready for business. Also how amazing is the handbag? All outfit details are below. x
Black PVC trench coat | old Archive by Alexa at M&S (pretty much identical here)
Perfectly fitting black trousers | Reiss
Risky pink heels| HERE
Levis logo t shirt | Levis
Sunglasses | Gucci (similar here)
Jewellery | Carat London
Photos by Frances Davison