Borders girl living life in the capital

Working 9 to 5

The only clothes I want to buy nowadays are clothes for work. I've moved up in my job recently to a role which allows me to be more flexible with what I wear. I am allowed to wear a bit of colour up top instead of before when I had to wear all black! Now all I seem to own, that looks smart enough for work, is black clothes. I have plenty of dresses for wearing out, but because I tend to wear dresses out, I have a severe lack of colourful tops. This post, and my craving to buy some new work clothes has came from the purchase of my new work shoes, the cobalt blue (the picture doesn't do them justice, they are so much brighter than that!) wedge boots below. So I've been looking out for some blue clothes to match with them. I'm sure I will still wear my brogues for work equally as much my new wedges so I have constructed a few ideal work outfits featuring my Clarks shoes.

My most worn work garment at the moment is probably my stretchy black pencil skirt and I 'd love to replace it with a skirt like this Topshop one in the middle. I can imagine this blue and black shirt being a great outfit with leggings and my new wedges!

Aztec print dress - Miss Selfridge
 Blue patterned top - Topshop 
Black skirt - Topshop
Blue suede wedges - Clarks 

The above outfits still seem really dark, especially for this time of year. There's so much colour in the shops at the moment and so being let lose with being able to wear colour to work I should really be taking full advantage of this. I often wear my black blazer to work, I'm seriously considering buying this pink one from H&M. It's only £15 and so I imagine it will be very lightweight but that's exactly what I need for a day spent running up and down the stairs at work. I also really love the orange jumper, would look great with black skinnies and a black blazer I think. I own neither of these pumps but I might end up purchasing a pair in the near future, they come in such a good range of colours.

Nude pumps - Clarks
Pink pumps - Clarks

I have been on the look out for a good pair of black skinny jeans for a while (all suggestions very welcome!). I bought a pair of the Topshop Leigh ones and I was very disappointed, they do the job of staying skinny and I live in my blue ones when I'm not working, however the black ones I bought faded to grey within about two washes. So my aim is to find a good pair for work that will stay black and stay skinny. I would pair them with this H&M patterned blazer or this polka dot peplum top from Next. I do love a bit of pattern whether it's dainty flowers or bold spots. I am also hopelessly in love with this black handbag from Clarks, it's torture looking at it everyday when my purse strings wont stretch quite far enough.

Blue patterned blazer - H&M
Skinny Jeans - yet to find the perfect pair!?
Polka dot peplum top - Next
Black handbag - Clarks
Shoes - as before

Like everyone does I'm sure, I love a little black dress. Especially with some statement jewellery like these two necklaces from Zara. I have the necklace on the left, I treated myself to it last payday and I think I have received a compliment about it every time I've worn it so far. (I also found out today that I won a necklace in a competition! I will blog about that once I've received this space). I own a couple of black dresses for work but I've been meaning to get another one for a while. These are all from H&M, I especially love the skater style one on the left and I'm very tempted next payday to take another trip to Zara for the pearl necklace.

Skater style dress - H&M
Beaded neckline dress - H&M
Gathered waist dress - H&M
Blue necklace - Zara
Pearl necklace - Zara
Shoes - as before

What do you wear to work? Do you have uniform guidelines or can you wear anything you want?


  1. That Topshop skirt is amazing on! it has pockets too! :) I'm working in Topshop right now sorry! hahaha. xo

    1. Aw I just saw it on the website, might need to go in and try it on! :) Xx

  2. I love everything in the first collage!

  3. love all those finds in particular that gorgeous H and M blazer! so perfect for work or evenings. great blog, new follower!

    katy xxx

  4. Lovely picks, my work is really strict on dress code so it's always great to get some inspiration.


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