Street style: the girl with the bright hosiery

Looking to add some KAPOW POP COLOUR to your office attire? Well, today’s BusiChic Megan should provide you with some inspiration on how to do it.

Megan works in Brand and Communications, Marketing, Shell Australia. I think that she is the perfect example of how to dress according to your personality at work – particularly in workplaces that don’t require suits but are also more formal than Smart Casual. This you-don’t-have-to-wear-a-suit dresscode is sometimes called “Business Casual” or “Contemporary Business Wear”.
080BusiChic Megan

Megan wears:

White blouse: Sheike, Sydney (Winter 2012)

Platform ankle boots: Tony Bianco (Winter 2012)

Stockings: Gorman (Winter/Spring 2013)

 Skater Skirt and sweater: Dangerfield (Winter 2013)

 Cape: Witchery  (Winter/Spring 2013)

Earrings: Karen Walker anchor studs  

Heart Shaped Ring: Tiffany & Co

Peace sign ring, vine ring, tear silver ring: Rose St Market

Silver milgrain band ring: Bali market


Megan, how would you describe the dresscode at your workplace and how interpret it?

I work in a corporate environment where a grey or black outfit is the norm. Every day my outfit reflects my mood and quite often it’s a mis-match of the wrong colour palette!! Who says you need to match every day? (Dario does!)  Well not me! I know Coco Chanel always said to look in the mirror and take one thing off before you leave the house… but I will be late everyday if she’s makes me choose something! I love all of my clothes the same! (don’t tell my vintage suede forest green Yves Saint Laurent pumps that – they suffer from a bout of jealousy!)

Arriving in the morning, I often get  funny looks in the lift with my whole ensemble thrown together, including all the accessories… a bold lip colour, glasses, hat, gloves, belt, scarf, bag,  stockings, umbrella, jewellery…  But when will I get the chance to wear it all otherwise?

People often tell me how colourful I am – but I don’t see the point in looking the same every day, and the same as everyone else for that matter in their black skirt and white shirt! (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

Why save all your fabulous clothes for only the weekend when you can wear them every day!

Your tried and tested suppliers for your work attire?

A shop a lot at for work. They are based in Sydney so it’s usually online. I’ve got all the girls at work on to it –  once three of us even wore the same shirt to work!  They are finally opening a store in Melbourne at highpoint which I am excited about!

They have a huge variety of work wear for your everyday professional, using a lot of different colour palettes and patterns. I also love Cue (especially their cigarette style pants), Hawes & Curtis in the UK for colourful (and good quality) business shirts, ASOS for all your staple items and the likes of Dangerfield & Gorman to bring in the colour and quirkiness!

Publications that keep you inspired?

For Inspiration (and to dream) I love Ruush, Frankie, Yen, Peppermint and Oyster magazines.

Favourite quote:  

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Marilyn Monroe


Thanks, wonderful Megan!

Now over to you BusiChic, what do you think of Megan’s ensemble. Could you get away with colourful hosiery at your workplace? Why not?


  1. This post is perfection – thank you both! I’ve not long been in a corporate job from the more casual world of journalism (in regional Vic) and I’m still wrapping my head around what’s considered business attire and what isn’t.

    I had a mini-dilemma over bright pink tights with a monochrome outfit the other day, but swapped them for boring black instead. The other younger girls in the corporate department are pretty serious dressers, but other departments are way more fun. I feel trapped in the middle – have you got any advice for me please? Thanks! x

    • Hi Melody,

      Thanks for your question. I think at the start of a new job, it’s always safest to err on the side of caution (*boring* I know) – until you’ve gotten a feel for the lay of the land. Have you tried wearing bright lipstick to work? I usually ease in with something like that which I can remove easily if anyone’s offended… or at least until I feel comfortable breaking the *dresscode rules* and say wearing the brightly coloured tights because I know that my work and professionalism speak for themselves. Capisce? 😉

      • Great advice – thanks! Much easier to remove lipstick than tights 😛 I did see someone in red tights the other day, and thusly busted my burgundy ones…not a peep from anyone!

  2. A woman after my own heart! *le sigh*

  3. Who’s that girl?! She looks amazing!

  4. Love this outfit! The bright yellow tights add such a great punch of colour and quirkiness! Also, I’m more than a bit in love with that cape 🙂

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