Blazer* (similar), Trousers* & Shoes* (in orange): Dorothy Perkins / Shirt*: Topshop at Westfield Stratford City / Clutch (similar): boutique store / Necklace*: Astrid & Miyu / Bangles*: Astrid & Miyu / Rings: Links of London
Photos by: Joe Galvin
So last week, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and shooting with Joe Galvin, probably one of the most well-known photographer boyfriends in the blogging industry. Joe is the other half of Liv Purvis and (very talented) man behind the lens over at What Olivia Did, one of my favourite fashion and lifestyle blogs. Fresh out of university, Joe is building his photography portfolio and working on his own blog, carving his path in the underpopulated men’s fashion blogging industry. So basically, he’s one to watch.
Joe scouted the beautiful Chelsea Bridge as a shoot location which in early evening, is the perfect place to snap away without getting too many curious stares. I’d never actually been on the bridge before but the stunning architecture and pastel-coloured details provided the perfect backdrop to my workwear-inspired, city-girl outfit.
When I shop online (which believe it or not, is extremely rare), I tend to find myself navigating towards the ‘workwear’ sections, usually comprised of smart basics, tailored staples and a warm neutral colour palette that almost makes me salivate. What some people might wear to work in an office, I like to wear every day. I’m not saying I wear two-piece suits all the time but tapered trousers and smart blazers take up quite a bit of space in my wardrobe. I’m aware of current trends and I’ll dip my toe into the ones that fit my style but I’ve always loved the classic staples, the timeless pieces that can be worn at any time with any outfit.
So here’s what you might call a ‘workwear’ outfit. Blazer, shirt, tapered trousers. But – the blazer is a crepe kimono-style, the shirt is oversized and the trousers are satin, with a paperbag waist that allows for that extra biscuit at lunchtime. So each piece is a relaxed fit (bar the shoes that rubbed my feet raw but we won’t talk about that), taking me from the office to an afternoon coffee or maybe dinner with a friend. The bold accessories and red lip ensure I look ready for business – even if that business is me sitting at home replying to an infinite number of emails.
So my advice? Wear what makes you happy. Life is too short to buy that pretty dress for ‘special occasions’ and then shove it at the back of your wardrobe never to be seen again. Wear it now, wear it today. Why the hell not?
Love, Beth xo.
P.S. I just want to credit Joe again for these beautiful images, this is the kind of editorial-style photography that I one day hope to be sharing with you in every post.
Disclaimer: all items marked with an asterisk have been gifted to me for promotional purposes.