Okay, once you’ve got your smart blazer(s) sorted, you’re most of the way there, as the thing about a blazer is that you can sling it over more or less anything and it transforms it into workwear. I take back what I said about the long flowery dresses. If I actually had to go to an office, ever, I’d be in long dresses and blazers and boots 24/7. Only very particular boots, though, as I’ve still got that weird neuroma in my foot and I’m limited as to what shoes I can wear. I’m going to have an operation! Just as soon as I can be bothered.
Are you allowed to wear denim to your office? If yes I would like you to consider, if you haven’t already, wide denim jeans. Smart ones, in a nice sensible colour. I don’t want to hear anything about how they’re no good in the winter or in wet weather. What you are going to do is buy a pair of wide jeans (or trousers) and then if they fit round your middle and you’re happy with the rest of it but they are too long, you are going to take them to a tailor or seamstress and get them taken up so that they fall 1/2 cm short of your shoes and so will not drag in puddles. There, done. Skinny jeans are over for the moment, I know it’s hard but let go.
I’ve got a pair of wide jeans from Dr Denim via asos that are no longer in stock (and also, if I am going to be very honest with myself, give me a wedgie) but I am informed by literally everyone that these from Wyse are the apogee of smart wide dark jeans.
Me + Em (them again) are also in on the game with these.
These from Paige will also be excellent, and they had better be for £280.
Or these from good old Hush, on pre-order.
If you have a pair of long boots that you like and know you will wear a lot over the winter, you can go for a cropped trouser, veering into a culotte, with the boots. I have done this and it looks fabulous but then I have to be carried everywhere due to foot neuroma.
Non-denim, I think these from Boden look very promising. Boden is pretty good with trousers, they don’t usually do anything weird around the middle or the crotch and last well. Corduroy is very now and you know that navy is the only colour I find acceptable for any clothing.
So there we are! 1 pair of smart wide jeans, 1 blazer, 1 clean t-shirt, 1 pair earrings, 1 pair clean shoes.