A Fresh Start

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) took place at the start of this month but it has taken me the greater part thereof to recover after a whirlwind week as part of the Melbourne Street Fashion Team ~ follow the link to find my street style photos and very first fashion review (published by a respectable someone- rather than myself)! Loitering outside fashion shows is just about as glamorous as it sounds. For a street style stalker, endless creative ensembles abound. The bonus for me was that the post-work timing of shows also reaped a bevvy of stylish business wear which I captured for your viewing pleasure, starting with today’s office-based Contemporary Business Wear professional. Enjoy! Xx Cheryl  

Madeline

blazer from the Up and Comers Fashion Fair. It’s vintage Miss Selfridge pants are stolen from my mum My ring by Moretti by Ughetti, who hand makes fabulous jewellery using glass and ceramics  necklace handmade by a designer in San Francisco called Jan Michaels bag Tilkah shoes are from Lion in Love. 

Wonderful use of a statement accessory to add a personal touch to a Creative Contemporary Business Wear ensemble with a good dose of polish!

Describe your work dress style: Deliberately non-corporate corporate. I need to express myself through my clothing, and tend to choose colourful tailored traditional corporate styles and vintage tops and dresses. However, I have also been known to wear leopard print to work, so I am lucky that my workplace is flexible in that regard!  Having said that, it’s really all about balancing your look so that you have key pieces that have personality, but keep overall look professional as well as fun.
 
Favourite shops or brands for workwear? Pussycat Black in Brunswick is a favourite haunt for work wear that is out of the ordinary – Bettina stocks up and coming Australian designers, and all the pieces are therefore original and very well made. Zimmerman’s pants tailoring has also impressed me this season. I also scour vintage shops for high waisted pants, which are my latest obsession.

A timeless and more traditional bag juxtaposed against funky-print boots - a fun contrast with the requisite polish one requires to make a professional impression in the office.

Most hardworking accessory or item of clothing in your workrobe? My chocolate brown leather trench coat with a fur collar that I bought for $10 from a warehouse sale. Truly one of the best purchases I have ever made. It just goes with everything, and given how cold this winter has been I’ve felt like I haven’t taken it off! Plus, if I ever decided on a career change to become a pimp or a gangster I have a massive advantage.
 
Your inspirations for work attire/style? At the moment, I love all the 70s style flare and wide leg pants that are around – instantly professional and funky, and they suit most shapes and sizes to boot! In terms of my legal profession inspirations, Chief Justice Betty King of the Supreme Court of Victoria is amazing – you have to love a Chief Justice who wears bright colours and leopard print underneath those robes! 

A classic boot in a fierce print is a perfect way to add some punch to one's business attire!

 

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