My style: white shirt, knitwear and pencil skirt

Greetings BusiChics,

At the start of the week I told you about how inspired I was by the layered looks that I’ve photographed on the streets of Melbourne recently. Well it has been PROPER chilly so I’ve had the need and opportunity to get layered myself and love how it’s helped me re-discover a shirt that I thought I’d never be able to wear!

I’ve got to tell you – I find it so funny how much I enjoying wearing shirts now that I’ve left the stiff world of corporate. Back then collars felt so restrictive and outdated but now they feel fresh, smart and add structure to my daily outfits. While these days I’m usually wearing more casual and relaxed shirts, this week I’ve been pulling out my old office shirts and finding that they work quite well layered under vests and wool tank tops:

business chic skirt shirt and pumps

Do you have a shirt that doesn’t fit quite right in the body? Layer a tank or vest over the top and all sins are hidden – hurrah!

Didn’t quite have the time to iron a shirt? You may just get a way with wearing it to work by layering it under a jumper- assuming the collar looks respectable of course! 😉

012 business chic skirt and loafers

Shirts: to tuck in or not to tuck? Err on the side of caution if you are in a conservative environment and tuck in but if you don’t need to be so stuffy then leave out… I’ve made the look more casual again here by switching to a loafer.

business chic skirt and loafers

Throwing on a jacket for warmth, I like this cropped-sleeve jacket which means I can still enjoy the lace-detail on this shirt. T’is not the final layer though – I’ve been adding a scarf and gloves when it has been particularly chilly…

I’m wearing: op shop jacket | Jane Heng earrings | cameo shirt | strateas carlucci “womb” top | sportsgirl “kendall” skirt | clarks australia shoes / habbot loafers

How do you feel about wearing shirts? Do have a preference for cotton, silks or polys? How do you style yours for work?

How are you feeling about putting on layers?


  1. I think the layered look is going around like a virus. Everyone at my office is into it also 😀

  2. Love the look Cheryl. The sleeves of the shirt are amazing detail.
    Cant believe how cold it has been in Melbourne!!
    x Kirsty

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