Yo! So last year I did a little 10×10 wardrobe challenge revolving exclusively around work wear. I was a little bit inconsistent in posting my 10 outfits because to be honest, I didn’t actually have a few of the key pieces I wanted to work with, and when I did finally get those core items I didn’t have a chance to properly style them to their best potential (in my opinion).
So this time I’d really like to revisit the work wear challenge, but seeing as we’re in autumn and rapidly cooling down, why not theme this challenge around cool weather work wear?
On board? Done, let’s get started!
My friends (second collaboration, so it’s official!) at Grana have recently added a few new styles in wool, specifically worsted wool, and offered to send me a style or two from their work wear edit for me to style.
I’ve chosen 5 items to make a 5×5 challenge to a) show you a really good starting point for a basic work wardrobe, and b) style these pieces into 5 basic office appropriate outfits that will work in the cooler weather. Along the way we’ll talk a bit about the fabric of the pieces I’m including and their properties.
The Five Base Pieces
Grana kindly provided me with their silk blazer and worsted wool pants to put this little edit together. The silk sleeveless shirt was a previous gift last year too, but all other items (silk-merino top, similar here, and wool skirt) are owned by me and bought by myself.
Why these pieces?
If you’re wanting to put together a working wardrobe for the cooler months, this is a great place to start. I’m a fan of both skirts and pants in autumn/winter, which is why I bothered having a skirt in there. And while we are slowly getting colder as the weeks progress, it still pays to have a sleeveless shirt to layer underneath thicker tops and jumpers, or to stop you overheating if your building is centrally heated. You could easily swap out the blazer for a cardigan if that was your preference.
Silk blazer – style notes
- casual details – rounded tulip hem, soft shawl collar, three quarter cuff sleeves
- lack of shoulder pads means you can wear this formally or informally with no problems
- georgette silk gives a really polished appearance, but the drape of the silk also means movement in the material and stops the blazer from being too stiff and ‘heavy’
Worsted wool pants – style notes
- superfine merino wool isn’t scratchy, feels soft, and sits well against the skin
- long fibres sitting parallel to each other means the fabric has a slim profile because once woven, everything is nice and tightly bound
- elastic waistband
Wool skirt – style notes
- true knee length keeps upper legs warm during colder months, but it’s still breezy enough if the mercury rises
- gentle flare of A-line design is very flattering, giving definition to the waist while not restricting movement of the legs
- simple and structured design of the skirt pairs well with casual and formal tops alike
Silk-merino top – style notes
- dual fibre mix means you get the benefit of wearing wool but without the heft that can sometimes be associated due to the mix of silk
- lightweight top can be worn alone but also layers well underneath coats, cardigans, blazers without being bulky
- inclusion of silk in the fabric means you don’t overheat too much
Silk shirt – style notes
- silk is a great insulator, lightweight, breathable, and temperature regulating
- shirt collar adds structure to outfits and works for both casual and formal surroundings
- sleeveless means can be worn comfortably in overly heated buildings, or layered underneath warmer items without making you feel bulky and heavy
Join me over the next week or so where I show you how I style these pieces together and what to look out for as we transition into colder weather, how to avoid the midday overheat, and how to stay practical while still looking put together.
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