Dress Down Friday is a weekly terror for some. "Casual" and "corporate" are two words that just don't tend to mix, so it seems pretty twisted to torture us weekly with a day where we must teeter the balance between on- and off-duty. Help is on hand, however: each Thursday, theworkwearedit will bring to your desktops a little nugget of inspiration to help you plan an outfit for the follow day.
Inspiration from Lookbook.nu. Clockwise from top left: blouse, £14.99, H&M; bangles, £12, ASOS; satchel, £20, River Island; belt, £3.99, New Look; pumps, £35, Topshop; trousers, £16.99 (previously £34.99), Mango.
While us fashion loving lot can't stop talking about Autumn/Winter style, the reality is that England is still in that awkward transistional stage where the weather remains moderately warm, albeit with the threat of downpour and dark evenings slowly closing in. For those still wanting to embrace a summertime look (without the commitment to bare limbs), then Alexandra P's safari-esque look (above) is the perfect compromise. With neutral tones that give the faintest of nods to the burgeoning season's army infused apparel, the outfit remains timeless enough to be the ideal trans-seasonal choice.
The majority of the items composing this look are more than likely hanging within your wardrobe already, but for those needing an update, the high street has a magnificent selection of the necessary basics at a more than reasonable cost. Both major elements of the look - the shirt and chinos - can be bought for a little over £30 and will act as the perfect basis for other low-key yet stylish ensembles. Keep accessories within the same earthy colour scheme for a tied-together feel. This tan belt from New Look, at the cheap-as-chips price of £3.99, will work either buckled conventionally or knotted at the ends, as Ms. P demonstrates above. Pair with a set of brown pumps for added comfort - these open toed wonders from Topshop will show a delightful peek of bright toenail polish on days where rain isn't a looming threat - and swap the original look's clutch bag for a more practical satchel to fill with all your necessary bits-and-pieces. Finally, garnish the finished piece with a touch of gold jewellery - ASOS's stackable bangles piled onto one wrist will complete the look nicely, and ensures that a jangly musical tone follows everywhere you go.
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