I’m starting my second year of University this month and I’m having to dress in formalwear on Fridays for our newsdays (oooh #FormalFridays may become a blog thing). I’m starting to grow my work-wear wardrobe and pair smart, but cute outfits together. On Monday, I had an interview, and so I thought I’d share my outfit details with you all just to show that formalwear doesn’t have to be expensive and you can look the part on a budget.
Firstly, let me start by saying ‘you can never be overdressed or overeducated’ – Oscar Wilde. This is something I stand by 100%. No such thing as overdressed or overeducated.
Here are my outfit details:
Blue Shirt – Papaya by Matalan – This is actually something I acquired at a swapshop. Charity shops, swap shops and second hand vintage shops are great places to pick up work wear for a low price.
Pinstripe Blazer – F&F by Tesco – Again this isn’t a new item, I’ve had this blazer for years and it’s a hand-me-down from my sister. A good blazer will last you years.
Black Slim Leg Trousers – Primark £5 – These are honestly the most lovely fitting trousers I’ve ever worn. I’m really happy with the fit and the quality for just £5. I’m definitely going to be buying more pairs of these.
Leopard Print Flats – Primark £3 – These were in the Primark sale and I couldn’t say no as I feel I just don’t own enough leopard print. These add a flash of print to your work wardrobe and make it a little more interesting. I find these shoes very 80’s modette and are super fashionable and easy to wear.
Black Belt – everyone needs one and they’re so easy to pick up.
Watch – Daniel Wellington £100 – I find a watch makes a good impression in interviews and professional environments. It’s a subtle message that you’re a good time keeper.
Bag – New Look – I borrowed this from my brothers girlfriend (she doesn’t know that, but Alex, when you read this, thank you xo).
Glasses – Boots £35 – These are my prescription specs, I think they make me look more intellectual and so I like to wear them for interviews.
I’m really looking forward to going back to uni and finding my own unique formal wardrobe style and key pieces – there’s no doubt there will be a blog post about it!