You only have to take a peek at my instagram to know that I rarely wear anything that isn’t my usual palette of black, white or grey! But seeing as it’s now Spring and I’ve just started a new job, I thought it was the perfect time to introduce some different colours to my work wardrobe. You know, symbolising change and all that! Adding colour to work wear hasn’t been an easy feat. But I’ve found that balancing pops of colour and statement prints alongside my usual blacks and whites has made it a bit easier.
Make a statement
Adding colour to work wear doesn’t have to be a huge effort. Simply adding a statement t-shirt or print can infuse a little bit of colour and variety into your outfit comfortably. Don’t be afraid to rock these in the office either, you can dress it up with a longline blazer and cropped trousers.
There’s currently a great range of statement tees available at Topshop. Albeit most are in black and white, but some feature pops of colour. I’ve particularly fallen in love with the Gucci inspired one, available for £15.00 at Topshop.
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Balance the colours
If you’re adding colour to work wear for the first time, start small and learn to balance the colours. By this, I mean, adding a bright colour and then balancing out with neutral tones like black, white, grey or beige.
A good example of this is to team up a simple white top with a bright blazer and/or bright trousers. I like adding colour to my outfit by wearing one statement colour and then wearing neutral colours to balance. I recently purchased some bright red tapered trousers from Topshop which I team up with my white blazer from Marks & Spencers.
But if you are going to add colour to your work wear, go bold or go home! Make sure to at least add one bright item in order to make a statement this Spring.
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The best advice I could give anyone hoping to add colour to their work wear, is to stay comfortable! Don’t push yourself into wearing styles or designs you wouldn’t be comfortable wearing all day. It’s not about stepping too far out of your comfort zone. It’s about adding a splash of colour where you can or changing up your usual monochrome uniform.
I suggest investing in staple pieces that you can wear no matter what season. My usual go to in this case is Marks & Spencers. Yes, I know what you’re thinking… “But that’s an old lady shop no?“… No, it’s not!
Marks & Spencers is a brand that is usually overlooked. It has had a bit of an ‘older’ image in the past and struggles to appeal to younger women. But I urge everyone to check them out! They are bringing out some very stylish pieces including culottes, wideleg bottoms and their jeans are a dream fit!
I recently bought some basic wardrobe staples from them, including some great fitting mom jeans, a white blazer and black culottes.
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So that makes my tips on adding colour to your work wear. Hope you found it useful and that it has inspired you to add some colour into your own everyday outfits. Have your own tips to share? Comment below or tweet me at @arcasela.