Dressing like an “adult” is stressful; here’s how to change that

Planning what to wear to the office everyday can be really stressful . I found out by trial and error what I really hate wearing.

Namely knee length pencil skirts. I’m a bit short, so that length of skirt makes me feel way out of proportion. A-line skirts are my favourite, because they don’t accentuate my hips too much and they still look stylish. 

The first work item essentials I would recommend having is a black skirt, a smart button up blouse, and a blazer. I used to hate skirts; especially because of my above described dilemma. I felt unattractive and lumpy. Once you dig around enough online store catalogues, you will find a skirt that makes you feel great. I actually prefer skirts to pants now, because they are so versatile, and can soften up your wardrobe. So, if you just don’t like skirts (then skip to the pants section), or if you haven’t found the right one yet then I’m challenging you to go find a nice one.

Shirt – Classic Long Sleeve Button Down Point Collar Shirt in Oxford (THOM BROWNIE). Blazer – Crepe Blazer – (GIORGIA ARMANI). Skirt – PETITE Double Seam A-Line Skirt (TOPSHOP). Heels – Sofia Pointed Court Heels (BOOHOO). Bag – Hobo Bag (TOPSHOP). Earrings – Stone Drop Earrings (TOPSHOP). Perfume – Blackpepper Eau de Parfum (COMME DES GARCONS).


So, back to the skirt. Sometimes, when you start working, it can be super daunting to find something that is not too “worky”. Everything you put on feels corporate, and I did this whole dissociative thing, where I didn’t recognise myself in work style clothes. It felt like the world was against me, trying to force me to wear clothes that I didn’t feel comfortable in.

It doesn’t have to be that way. There is nothing worse, than going to work feeling overdressed, and essentially under qualified at adulting (if you’ve just come out of varsity). You feel like you’re strutting around, on display and a fraud, cause everyone knows you don’t actually dress like this. I really can’t think of much worse.

Dress – Printed Deep Plunge Strappy Body (BOOHOO). Sunglasses – Square Sunglasses (TOPSHOP). Bag – Leather Cross Body Bag (TOPSHOP). Heels – WIDE Fit Sinatta Two Part Sandals (TOPSHOP). Earrings – Engraved Disc and Tassel Drop (TOPSHOP).

Pants were also a nightmare for me when I first started working. I’ve been lucky that I can wear black jeans to work (granted they don’t have rips). This sort of made it easier for me to alternate between real corporate pants, and skirts. So for pants, I would say stick to what comes easiest.

For me, it’s those pants with the zips that are almost like leggings – but their not. These pants are like a nice in between. You’re still wearing skinny pants, but they don’t really feel like your typical work pants that you see business ladies wearing. Their comfortable, and more like your usual skinny jeans (which means you won’t be fussing with these as much).

Pants – PU Panel Zip Detail Ponte Treggings (BOOHOO). Bodysuit – Petite Floral Split Sleeve Bodysuit (BOOHOO). Heels – Low Heel 2 Part (BOOHOO).


Where would I suggest getting work pants?

Try your closest H&M, or Woolworths. These places have nice styles for young people who are new to work. They have what I like to call “transition work wear”, for when you are really not ready for work wear.

You really want to spend time getting fitted pants, cause you get those pants that look fitted, and they are for the first hour that you wear them, and then you realise they are actually straight leg pants (slaps forehead).

These types of pants are a horror story… Because when did I wear straight leg pants before this? When did I ever wear smart blouses, except for evening events and smart occasions? And now, I’m wearing “looser” pants and a smart blouse? It can be very overwhelming. This happened to me a few times when I first started working, and yes, I am a drama queen, but it made me feel terrible. I was like, no I am not thisadult yet. I am not ready. If you’re at varsity and reading this, you’re probably like no, it won’t be that bad.

But I promise you, you get used to the comfortable skinny jeans/leggings lifestyle. So that’s my advice; take time and effort to find a nice pair of pants and a skirt so you don’t suffer from “adultitis” too much.

It can be really fun trying on different outfits and seeing what works for you. Once, you’ve found a few key items you’ll feel way more confident at the whole adulting thing. Then the rest will just come with time I suppose.

I made some cool outfits through VILLOID, which can be seen below.

Playsuit – Petite Ruffle Wrap Playsuit (BOOHOO) Bag – Clutch Bag (H&M). Choker – Horn and Coin Anklet 3 Pack (TOPSHOP). Wedges – Wrap Strap Cross Front Wedges (BOOHOO). Necklace – Horn Multi Row Necklace (TOPSHOP).


Blazer – Wool-Twill Blazer (BALMAIN). Dress – NEW ‘Camille’ Dress – Black (BOOHOO). Heels – Sofia Pointed Court Heels (NEUW).



Dress -Frankie Shirt Collar Shift Dress (BOOHOO). CoatPea Coat (H&M). Heels -Rio Leopard and Zebra-print Calf Hair Pumps (SOPHIA WESTER). Bag – AB65 Leather Bag Belt (PB 0110).


Bodysuit – Bethany Floral Mesh Bodysuit (BOOHOO). Jacket – Studded Scalloped Wool and Cashmere-Blend Cape (VALENTINO). Bag – Cross Body Bag (TOPSHOP). Skirt -Bow-embellished Leather Mini Skirt (MIU MIU). Heels – Cross Strap Cage Sandals (BOOHOO). Bra – Stretch-Lace Soft-Cup Bra (ANNIE BING).




How to wear floral print

Floral can be intimidating. There, I said it. I find floral to be overwhelming at the best of times. It’s bright, summary, and striking. All the things, I usually never pair together when getting dressed. However, having seen many people wear floral, I’ve seen that it can be paired down. You can have a black top with floral embellishments, and as such, if you’re like me, then it is easier to try out this trend.

I’ve created some outfits below via Villoid which I think show the different ways you can wear floral stuff.

The first outfit is super casual, and you can wear it when you’re spending the day at the beach. I like the colours, because the orange stands out and the cream colour blends in, and allows the orange to pop. Pair it with some embellished sandals, and you’ll look great.

Top – Plus Floral Wrap Top (BOOHOO). Sandals – Toe Post Embellished Sandals (BOOHOO). Dress – Rose Shirred Bandeau Maxi Dress (BOOHOO). Heels – BLOCK HEEL Sandal (ZARA).


Maxi dresses can be super sexy. But, when I imagine a floral maxi dress, it isn’t sexy. Except this one is. The black dress works great because it allows the red floral influence to stand out, but not in your typical summer maxi dress style. It’s more vibrant, and the cut is sexy too. Halter neck dresses instantly change a dress, and I think that’s why I like this dress. I don’t usually like maxi dresses, mainly because I’m short, and I just look ridiculous in them. But this one seriously has some style.

Blouse – Flowy Floral Blouse F7STPC12012 (FEW MODA). Skirt – Bleach Denim Skirt (TOPSHOP). Heels – ‘NINA Multi Strap Sandals’ (TOPSHOP).

The style I would most likely go for is the long sleeve loose blouse paired with a denim skirt. I love this look! The reason why is because these skirts really suit all body shapes. Their like “oh you’re feeling fat today, don’t worry, we will change that.” And who can resist that boho style which is just so effortlessly chic and feminine. YOu can dress this top up and down, just by adding some black pleather jeans, and you have a whole new vibe. I probably have way too many of these tops, but I don’t even care; their fun, and they make you feel great.

Top – Tall Long Sleeve Strappy Shoulder Top (BOOHOO). Sweater – Sort Samsoe Samsoe Dame Jaya O-N 9461 Genser (SAMSOE SAMSOE). Pants – Alana Cropped Leather Skinny Pants (J BRAND). Boots – Brandy Micro Ankle Boots (TOPSHOP).

So I used to be a tomboy during high school, and varsity. Sweatshirts were my thing; I had about twelve different ones. And their really cool for lounging around, and even going out for an evening. The trick is to just add a statement accessory to make yourself stand out. That’s where the floral comes in with the sweatshirt. An ordinary item suddenly becomes really unique, and cool. Add in some cool heeled ankle boots (maybe even the ones with the sparkles), and you won’t be that girl wearing her boyfriends sweatshirt, but someone everyone remembers.
So that’s it from me, about floral anyway.

Have a great week everyone xx