Here are two versions of one of my outfits that need to be compared side by side.
And exhibit B:
Both of these outfits utilise my grey tee shirt.
In a previous post I mentioned that you can usually get away with wearing a normal tee shirt tucked into more formal bottoms, such as tailored trousers or pencil skirts. These two outfits are prime examples of one that doesn’t quite pull off the office look, and one that is slightly better at doing so with an ordinary tee shirt.
Outfit A doesn’t work so well because the mulberry pants are very drapey and has an elastic waist. In itself it’s quite a casual piece and depending on what you wear with it you can, to a degree, dress it up a bit more.
The simple grey tee does not do the pants, in this instance, any justice though. They are both too casual to compliment each other, appearing more like lounge wear, and even a long length cardigan does little to formalise the overall appearance.
Outfit B however, works a little better thanks to structure and cut of the trousers.
I feel far more purposeful if I pair a casual tee with proper trousers – the belt hooks, front leg creases, fly, and waist band all add structural elements that just work better.
The legs on this pair are a little too billow-y for me, but some added fitting through the leg line will again contribute to the detail in the overall outfit.
How are you going with your challenge so far? Don’t forget to post on Instagram and tag it with #office10x10 so we can follow along!