Week 17: LBD with a white shirt & statement belt

It’s Week 17 of the BusiChic Little Black Dress (LBD) Project where I’m wearing a LBD to work once a week for the whole year to share 52 different ways of styling this staple for the office. This week, I bring back formal work smarts by cutting my hair into a more polished bob and pairing my LBD with classic work pieces: a white french-cuff shirt, statement belt, black opaque stockings, ankle boots and stud earrings.

Dear BusiChic,

I got me a new haircut! The thing that I’ve found about photographing myself for this project is that I am scrutinising my own workwear even more. For example, while I had planned on growing my hair out, watching how unruly my hair was becoming over the weeks inspired me to ask my hairdresser for a change… and she cut it off!

Week 17: All the workwear classics in one ensemble: LBD with a white business shirt, statement belt, cufflinks, opaque stockings, ankle boots and stud earrings.

I’ve paired my Bento LBD with Tate & Lawson Mayfair shirt with hannmaid cufflinks, earrings and belt as worn here, CLIO opaque stockings and ziera ankle boots.

A classic white shirt is a workwear staple for those in conservative workplaces. Keep yours pressed and at the ready for easy pairing with high-waisted trousers or pencil skirts; layer with vests, jumpers and blazers as the weather cools and accessorise with skinny belts and tasteful scaves or necklaces!

My shirt is from Tate & Lawson. These shirts are made in Melbourne and are accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia as being ethically-made. I’m wearing the Mayfair style which is slightly longer in the body to minimise any unsightly untucking when being worn with pants or skirts PLUS french-cuffs to allow for wearing cufflinks! Check out Tate & Lawson’s range of shirts and cufflinks here.

While Tate & Lawson have some gorgeous cufflinks too, I’ve opted to style my LBD with cufflinks gifted to me by hannmaid. As a weekend cyclist, I like being able to wear something at work that’s both “me” and polished enough for the office; check out the range of hannmaid cufflinks here.

When wearing a collared shirt, keep your hair short or put it up for a smarter look.

What do you think of my styling of the LBD this week?

If you’d like to know what brands by Ethical Clothing Australia, check out the list here.

Check out more of my LBD-for-work style here!


  1. This is a classic and stylish look and I totally want to copy you, but I have to opt for the Gracechurch instead of the Mayfair because I don’t have the necessary large bust. But I appreciate you not bragging about that third feature! hehe!

  2. Lurrrrve the white shirt look – well done! 🙂

  3. Oh I love that belt with your dress, looks like it was made for it! beautiful 🙂

    Really like the layering too – good tip about the longer shirt I find so often things I wear tucked in creep up and rumple throughout the day!


    • Thanks Mica!

      The belt is a favourite of mine for that very reason; it integrates well into my work wardrobe. Also I’m glad that the shirt-length tip was helpful, it took me a while to work that one out!

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