MSFW Street Style: Desk to fashion show chic

Today’s BusiChic is a great example of how varied dresscodes within a workplace can be.

Esther is a Civil Project Engineer working in the Construction industry. She describes her workplace dress code as “Smart Casual or full PPE (hardhat, steel cap boots, jeans & shirt, high visibility).” Read on to hear how she does it all!

I photographed Esther outside Melbourne Town Hall while she was waiting for friends to attend the MSFW Designer Runway show. I’ve categorised her outfit as Corporate as it is totally boardroom-appropriate but I like how she’s kept the look fresh with relaxed hair and red blazer.

BusinessChic woman wears red blazer Single button blazer for the stylish lady

Monochrome accessories for the office

Midheight heels are perfect for the office
Esther wears: blazer & shirt Zara | Skirt Cue | Laptop Bag Forever New |Shoes Ninewest

How would you describe your own workwear style? Transitional and practical, I need to be able to go from client meetings to construction site without too much trouble. I keep a mini wardrobe at work (or in the ute) of heels, ballet flats, jackets, high visibility vests, jeans, skirts, boots makeup and hair products. My standard look is jeans, shirt and a blazer and footwear to suit.

Your favourite brands for workwear? I like to choose items that are durable, practical and colourful. My clothes really can take a hammering at work. Sass and Bide are my favourite jeans. Zara, Cue, Saba and Rhodes and Beckett for basics and suiting.

I live on Chapel Street so I spend a lot to time perusing the shops and I am quick to pick up on new colours, fabrics and styles. I find that I don’t bother so much these days with magazine as I can get faster, more global and tailored information from Instagram.

Your favourite make up, haircare ad skincare to create your office look?

Hair: Redken powder grip and any dry shampoo to give some volume to my hard hat hair.

Face: I spend a lot of time working outside so I use Invisible Zinc by Elle McPherson to protect my skin from the sun. My foundation and eye shadow collection is mainly Chanel whilst my favourite mascara is Yves Saint Laurent and I always wear MAC Lipsticks.



What a great insight into a wardrobe in the Construction industry – thanks Esther!


  1. Love the red blazer! I have a red Zara blazer I haven’t been wearing enough. Might just bust it out tomorrow!

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