MSFW Street Style: Layered to perfection

Welcome to the first of the BusiChics I’ve photographed during MSFW 2014!

Scouting for street style during fashion week is a lot of fun as so many attendees take the opportunity to get dressed up. For the workers amongst us, that may mean wearaing a fabulous pair of shoes, bling accessories, putting extra effort into hair and make up or simply polishing up and putting our best worker-style forward.

Today’s BusiChic caught my eye with her wonderful use of colour and clever layering that is “work-ish” without being office-y.

Katie works as a Workplace Wellbeing Consultant (this sounds fascinating!!) in a legal practice where the dresscode is “professional [but] not corporate.”  I’m categorising her look as Contemporary Business Wear.
Business Chic woman wears Livia Arena

Prescription glasses with some subtle colour

ACNE collared top is perfectionElk accessories bag Classic ankle boots by Enzo Angiolini

Katie wears: coat Livia Arena | cropped leather jacket White Suede – I love how Katie has layered this under her drapey coat creating some interesting texture in her outfit. The extra warmth it provides is an added bonus! | shirt ACNE – How great is the cut-out detail? | skirt ASOS | bag Elk accessories | boots Enzo Angiolini

I love how you put things together, how would you describe your workwear style?
I usually try and mix it up a bit. I like to look professional but, still feel like me. Greys and blacks play a big part of my work wardrobe, but I try to throw in a bit of colour – whether it be a fun lipstick or colourful skirt. Don’t mind a leather jacket at work either and wear my cropped white suede one to death!

Can you share with BusiChics, who are some of your favourite brands for workwear?

Livia Arena has become a big part of my work and personal wardrobe. She creates really classic styles with an edge that I find really easy to dress up or down. Kuwaii and Marcs make beautiful pants and dresses that are great for work, too.

Your favourite make up, haircare and skincare to create your office look? Any products that particularly rock your boat?
Smashbox primer is amazing. Sitting in aircon really dries out my skin and weirdly makes my make up disappear! I find smashbox primer protects my skin and makes my makeup last longer. // I so relate to make-up disappearing and love Napolean Perdis’ mantra “To not prime, is a crime!” My own favourite primers at the moment are by Shu Uemura and another by L’Oreal – the Base Magique. Anyone else using a primer that you recommend? 


Thanks for your time, Katie! Some of the labels mentioned above like Livia Arena and Kuwaii are showing in tonight’s Designer Runway Fashion Show – hope to see you there!



  1. I really like this outfit, especially the skirt and the leather jacket.

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