As an optometrist, I want to look and feel professional. Anyone who’s had an eye examination will know that we get up close and personal when looking inside of our patient’s eyes. Not only that, we stand up, sit down, reach across and lean forwards throughout the duration of each appointment. Therefore, my work attire must be practical, modest, comfortable and crease-resistant. I mostly walk to work and the practice is on several floors, so another requirement is that whatever I wear has to look ok with flat shoes.
My work wardrobe consists of dresses and separates that I mix and match on rotation. It is separate from my “personal” wardrobe. My work outfits form part of my work persona and even though I’m still very much “me” when I’m at work, I like to distinguish it from the slightly more exuberant persona that blogs, writes and is generally just more “extra” (according to my teenagers at least). You will notice though that my love of animal print carries through to my working wardrobe too.
Work outfits with the same principles as these are just as suitable for those in other professions. General practitioners, teachers, social workers, solicitors, accountants, nurse practitioners and health visitors have the same requirements. They all need a work wardrobe which is smart, practical and comfortable. Therefore, I hope this round-up of my work outfits from early autumn will inspire more than just optometrists and opticians.
Everyone knows how much I love a dress and I make no exception for my work wardrobe. Each of these looks fine with either sheer or opaque tights and with flat shoes.
- Spotted dress: Woolovers, current (gift). Click here for full blog post featuring this dress.
- Floral midi dress: Next, previous season
- Floral shift dress: Hobbs, previous season. See how I styled it for desk and dinner here.
- Leopard print dress: JDWilliams, previous season (gift)
I bought two pairs of these trousers wide leg 7/8 length Ponte jersey trousers this time last year, one in black and one in navy. I got them for my “personal” wardrobe but found them so comfortable that I decided to wear them for work. They are easy to wear, dont crease and don’t need ironing. They’re still available in black so I’ve put the link just below the photos.
- Leopard print blouse, M&S, previous season. Black ponte wide trousers, (affiliate link) M&S, current. Strappy shoes, M&S, previous season.
- Grey silk blouse, Phase Eight, previous season. Black ponte wide trousers, (affiliate link) M&S, current.
- Polka dot blouse, Boden, past season. Navy ponte wide 7/8 trousers, M&S, past season.
These black cigarette pants also started off in my “personal” wardrobe. Once again, after wearing them several times, I realised they’d be perfect for work because they’re very stretchy and very flattering.
- Black cigarette pants, JDWilliams, current (gift and part of a paid partnership). Click here to see how else I styled them and click here to see me wearing the cobalt blue version
- Black and white spotted top, Next, current (affiliate link)
- Orange top, Hobbs, past season, still available in clearance.
- Leopard print blouse, Next, current.
I’ll write a new post every two months featuring around ten work outfits so you can see how hard these clothes, in particular the separates, work for me. I’d love to know what your favourites are. And I really must thank Harry who (almost) willingly took the majority of these photos.