Paula Joye’s Lifestyled Back to Work challenge

Greetings BusiChic,

Welcome to a new week of work! I’m still flat out working on my Little Black Dress Project book and exhibition and have subsequently found myself admiring the outfits of stylish folk on their way to work more often than I’ve been running after them to photograph! You may have seen my last post about the fabulous @anteledaisy from Singapore whose colourful work attire I’ve been admiring via Instagram by following the hashtag #corporatewear.  Well I came across another hashtag that got yours truly rather excited, #lifestyledbacktowork !

For those of you who may be uninitiated, LifeStyled is the creation of former magazine editor, Paula Joye. I recall Joye’s editor photos in the pages of Cleo, Shop Til You Drop and Madison were always immaculate – perfectly messy but stylish hair, flawless makeup and poses that were more interesting than the stock standard professional headshot.

Paula Joye, editor of LifeStyled. Formerly editor of Cleo, Shop Til You Drop and Madison magazines. Did you know that Joye was the founder of Shop Til You Drop and Madison magazines? Respect!

Paula Joye, editor of LifeStyled. Formerly editor of Cleo, Shop Til You Drop and Madison magazines. Did you know that Joye was the founder of Shop Til You Drop and Madison magazines? Respect!

Inspired by the desperate tweet of a friend and her charmingly self-confessed own back-to-work rut, Joye challenged LifeStyled readers to re-zoosh their work wardrobes!:

Paula Joye's Lifestyled Back to Work challenge issued last week.

Paula Joye’s Lifestyled Back to Work challenge issued last week.

Joye's outfit for Day 3 of her Back to Work challenge on LifeStyled.

Joye’s outfit for Day 3 of her Back to Work challenge on LifeStyled. I love the style with which Joye offers a “Shop My Look” round up of products one can buy to achieve her style. Is this something that you BusiChics would find helpful?

I came in mid-way last week, here are my submissions for the challenge:

Colour

Mini

Mufti

Want to see more photos from the challenge? The above screenshots are from Joye’s wrap-up post here, “Readers Snap Their Style“. An insight into what I wear to work when I’m not wearing a Little Black Dress!

Wondering what “mufti” means? Thankfully Joye is quick to respond to comments on her blog (something else I hope to learn from!) and answered as below when I posted the question on her blog:

Mufti is corporate for casual. For men it usually means not suit and tie. For school kids it means no uniform just play clothes. For me it’s borderline fancy dress.
But the idea is ‘casual office’

Well there you go! A new term to replace the rather confusing “Business Casual”!

For more ideas on what to wear to work, come back for a new post on Wednesday when I share a round up of BusinessChic men and women who could have easily joined the challenge! Thank you Paula for giving me the idea on what to post about this week – plus a way to feature some of the blokes I’ve photographed earlier!

Are you inspired by this challenge? Why not simply give it a go this week? I know that I’ll still be checking out the #lifestyledbacktowork hashtag! And remember that I share the business fashion I’ve photographed on the streets of Melbourne on Instagram too, say hello BusinessChic #BusiChic !

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