For the first six months of running my business I was turning up to the office in jeans and Isabel Marant boots.
I kept a suit there for occasions I was to see clients but otherwise I had a hard time letting go of my inner “cool girl”. You know, that girl who doesn’t have to try hard, throws on the first thing on the pile and looks amazing.
For five years prior to the grand opening I was looking for a different style to adopt and fell in love with Les Parisiennes and the nonchalant way they wore their clothes. I wanted noting to do with boring suits and business dresses.
But deep down I knew that I needed to step up my clothes game if I were to hire people and make a success our of this venture. You cannot have the boss turning up in ripped jeans and t-shirt in my field.
The answer to my style dilemma turned out to be lots of separates in cream, beige, blush, sand and navy. At first I didn’t buy them on purpose, I was simply drawn to colours and textures like my silk cream shirts. Only later I realised that they were always part of my style. Only I would wear them differently, pairing leather trousers with silk shirts.
Now I look for stylish separates in the shops, knowing I will wear them to work and beyond. They are happy to be mixed and matched, looking elegant and stylish without being boring. At the end I didn’t have to compromise my style. I simply built on what I had and liked and now my wardrobe take me to the office and then to dinner or drinks. It’s workwear yet relaxed, and most importantly- me.
Top- Michael Kors
Shoes- Rupert Sanderson