I think that journos have a tough gig when it comes to workwear. The ones I meet run around town to cover events in between zipping back to the office to publish stories on very tight deadlines before running out to the next events and repeating the cycle. While corporates can wear heels as they jump into cabs to take them to the next client meeting, I usually find that journos employ more practical footwear for pounding the pavement but also for the inevitable amounts of standing around waiting for events to get underway. Which is why I simply had to capture today’s BusiChic and functional outfit.
I met Caroline at The Design Files Open House media preview earlier this week and immediately noticed her fabulous tartan pants which she paired with a minimalist double-breasted jacket and textured pony hair loafers. This is a great outfit for creative Smart Casuals who err on the smarter side of casual or Business Casuals who are comfortable wearing loafers in the office – this style of shoe is more relaxed than the regular office heel.
Double-breasted grey wool jacket// Caroline found this secondhand and had it tailored to fit her – clever upcycling that looks great!
Tartan pants from Lush // sadly I’ve just learnt that Lush Clothing of Fitzroy closed earlier this year – they’re prints and cuts were always so timeless
Pony hair loafers
Lacoste watch, similar here.
Square bracelet from Dinosaur Designs
Phillip Lim 31-hour bag
Work wear Q&A with Caroline Clements
What is your job title and industry?
Editorial Director at Broadsheet
What’s the dresscode at your workplace?
No dress code per se, whatever you want really. Something smart, but casual and comfortable really, you always look better when you’re comfortable, and I’m sitting at a computer most of the day.
Most reliable outfits in your work wardrobe?
Jeans, t-shirts, shirts, jumpers, jackets.
Favourite labels or styles of work clothing?
Some favourite labels are Levis and Lee jeans, local label Bul, Scanlan and Theodore, ACNE, Marni, most things from Belinda/The Cornershop and Blood Orange in Sydney.
Any outfits or items of clothing that you regret wearing to work and why?
I always regret wearing long skirts or dresses when I ride my bike cos they get caught in my wheels. No major faux pas at work I hope, but it can get chilly in our office, so it’s always a regret when you don’t bring something warm. No socks on a cold day always makes me a little regretful.
Online and offline publications that inspire you?
NY Magazine, NY Times, Mr Porter, Wallpaper, Monocle, Interview, Wired, Vanity Fair, The Gentlewoman, Kinfolk, Cereal Mag, Paper Sea Quarterly, Harpers Bazaar, ACNE papers, the list goes on.
// Thanks Caroline! Lots of great links here to dive into as we head out to the weekend.
Workwear Style notes: Journalists
- Your wardrobe needs to range from casual days in the office labouring at the screen in comfort to the swankiest of ‘dos. You won’t need a suit but a blazer or structured jacket of some sort will add some instant polish to your outfit.
- Build a wardrobe of timeless pieces in cuts that flatter you like Caroline’s jacket, Suzanne’s jeans and Nicole’s LBD. Even wonderful Leeyong who is often wearing something that she has made or refashioned will do so in a classic shape that suits her and that can be worn time and time again.
- Add personality pieces that become key parts of your style like Caroline’s tartan pants, Suzanne’s colourful print blazer, Nicole’s vibrantly hued scarf and Leeyong’s wonderfully crafted accessories and clothing.
- Functional footwear is a MUST. Be prepared to run a mile in your shoes and on your feet all day.
Those are my observations. Do you work in media? What would you add to this list?
If you work in a more conservative office but would like to rock some tartan – try incorporating a scarf tied around the handle of your bag or covertly as lining inside your coat; the famous Burberry comes to mind. For more ideas, you might like to read my piece on Women’s Agenda on some new ways to wear tartan.