How to master office dressing- advice from a London lawyer

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In 2004 I started working for a law firm as a paralegal. Our London office was based on famous Fleet streets. A dream had come true for me! I borrowed some money from a friend and bought a suit.  It was from Zara, a cream tweed looking number (thinking about it now, it was probably 100% polyester). I also bought a cream linen shirt and ivory courts, which looked much more expensive then they were.  I felt so professional and chic. 

 Fifteen years later and a suit is still the basis of my office style.  Not necessarily a black, sharp one (although they also have their place) but a softer, wool/ tweed version.  They lend themselves to any number of combinations, formal for meetings to dialled down elegance on more casual days. 

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Outfit 1 - meetings day

On the days you need a full armour,  pair a buttoned up suit with a ruffled collar blouse (just make sure both the suit and the shirt are not from polyester or you’re running the risk of sweating). Here, you can afford to go for bolder shoes. Don’t be timid and go for super classic style. Try animal print or embellishment. The detail will make your outfit look pulled together and confident but still appropriate. Think British PM, Theresa May and her animal print courts. 

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Outfit 2- office day 
 

On the days when you can be less formal, a skirt suit with a long sleeve cashmere top in monochrome hues will look super chic. Add some statement jewellery like a bold ring or Alighieri pearl earrings. This is the time to pull out your nude courts for a sophisticated touch. 

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Outfit 3- casual Friday & evening cocktails
 

If your company does casual Fridays, a jacket and jeans combo are ideal. Pair them with a shirt from outfit 1 or a simple t-shirt and statement necklace.  Add boots, either heels or Dr Martens variety for a touch of rock & roll glamour. The best thing- you can wear this outfit for dinner and cocktails after work.

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