9 October 2013

New Job: New Wardrobe

I've been a bit quieter then normal on here, I've been away visiting the boy, preparing for my driving test, getting ill and getting ready to start my new job in a couple of days. That's right, I'm starting a new job!  I'm hanging up my steel toe-capped boots and slipping into some brogues as I make the switch from Theatrical Lighting Technician to Digital Marketing Assistant at a local non-fiction publishers.  With this in mind i've been hunting for clothes and accessories for my new job because lets face it, it's much easier to look at the fun part of work then it is the nerve wracking serious stuff.  

I've been told when you start a new job you shouldn't buy anything new for the first couple of weeks, until you see what the dress code is and see what everyone else is wearing.  However seeing as what I wore to my last job was loose comfy hardwearing jeans and old black T-shits this can't really happen.  So I've tried to be sensible but lets face it, that's always a little hard.

So lets start of with the jacket
Dark Red Boyfriend Blazer (different colour to the one I bought) £19.99, internacionale
First I will just point out this isn't the same as the colour I bought, the one I've bought is black with grey turn up sleeves so it's a bit more work suitable and goes with a wider range of clothes.  It's a jersey material so its warm and comfortable and the style is professional yet relaxed.  I do already own a black blazer that I mainly wear to interviews but this is less restrictive and more feminine.  (sorry I didn't take photo's of the actual product but I'm ill so didn't fancy being in photo's)

Next up, tops
Left: green shirt, £6.00, Primark
Middle:black jumper, £27.50 reduced to £17.00, Marks and Spencers
Right:Sheer Bow shirt, £12.00,  Select
To be totally honest I don't really want to be wearing trousers and tops in the long run, I'd love to be able to wear smart dresses everyday!  In the meantime however I need to play it a little safe.  The green shirt i'll defiantly be wearing on my first day (it is en emeralde green it just looks blue on pictures) with black trousers as its the safest option.  I really struggled to find fitted shirt because its the wrong time of year and when I did find them, none of them fit round my dam hips or upper legs without being massive everywhere else (dam triangle shape body!).  I liked this because it adds a splash of colour to an otherwise dark and simple outfit.  The second jumper proves that anything can be smartened up and feminised with a simple peter pan coller, this one has polkadots and 3/4 sleeves.  The final shirt was bought out of frustration at my lack of finding any normal shirts that would fit me right!  You can't tell in this picture but it is very sheer!  I've bought a cheap white cami top and bra to wear underneath so hopefully I can get away with it.  I love the japanese feel

Dresses
Left: Nell tea Dress by Hell Bunny, Tigermilly, £32.50
Right: Mae West Tea Dress by Hell Bunny, Tigermilly, £32.50
In an ideal world I'd wear lovely, work appropriate vintage dresses everyday (and have pristine rockabilly hair and make up obviously but seeing as I hate mornings that is defiantly not going to happen) so until I can be certain on work wear I've bought these.  The first is very cute however because i have a short upper body it rests a little too low on me, and unlike the picture, it shows a bit too much cleavage.  I might have to try it out with a cami top underneath.  Also its a little bit too large round the bust, I possibly could have done with a size smaller but didn't have a chance to send it back in time to change it.  The second dress is also beautiful on, they are both longer on me then on the photos (a few inches below the knee) which is to be expected with me being only 5'3 and will take some getting used to.  I am also surprised that the material is quite thin unlike the thicker material used on usual Hell Bunny dresses, especially with them being for an autumn line.  However I can't see this causing much of a problem (other then increased ironing).  I'm hopeing that the blazer smartens these up enough to be work safe.

Footwear
Left: Black patent Brogues, New Look, £24.99
Right: Cuban heel Lolita Court Shoes,  ebay, £19.98
Shiny patent shoes just like the first day at school!  I can't see me ever being able to wear heels every day I have small feet which seem to disagree with a lot of shoes and end up rubbing.  Also I'm just so dam clumsy!  Elegant I aint!  The white ones are really feminine and unique and although I think they may be harder to match with some of my clothes i'm sure i'll find a way of making them look great!

Accessories 
Clockwise from Left: Peter Pan collar , Ebay, £3.51.  Wool Pater tights in Gray and Black, Primark, £.  Frilly socks in black, pink, and white, Ebay, £1.69 each.  Teal and Pink Polka Dot Stachal, Shu Crazy, £24.99.  Rose Hardback Notebook, Cath kidston £8.00, Little Star Biro, Cath Kidston, £6.00
I have a few dresses I already think might be suitable for work so I thought this peter pan collar necklace might smarten them up a bit and add some variety, I managed to get this super cheap on an Ebay listing.  The knitted tights are perfect for winter and are a bit more interesting then normal tights.  The socks are cute and a little silly but I ordered them on Ebay from Japan and i'm hoping they'll add something cute to my clothes, especially when I wear my white shoes.  The satchel adds colour as well as smartness and is big enough to fit all my stuff in, and the Cath Kidston things were a cute gift from my mum.  All very first day at school eh?

So there it is, alot of stuff my mum has been nice enough to but me because I haven't worked for most of the year and I won't get paid for a long time yet (and my pay check is very low).  I am worried that getting a "normal" job would mean that I lost some of my individuality so I'm hoping that i've managed to keep my personality in here.  I haven't shown my trousers because they are just plain black and high waisted to hide my lumps and bumps.  By the time you read this I will have started my new job (it is past midnight on the morning of my first day, I'm procrastinating). I might be posting slightly less then usual while I settle into my new job but I will try my best.  Have you got any advice on work clothes?  Wish me luck!
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