Coat, Uniqlo; turtleneck, Uniqlo; pants, Kloke; boots, RM Williams*; sneakers, Spring Court.
The past week has marked my return to full(-ish) time corporate employment. It has unfortunately been a real struggle to dress for it, both in terms of formality and practicality. I’m in a litigation team, which is much more formal than my previous one; although I’m not obliged to be in a full suit, I have to be prepared to blend in and/or run into a court or court-like setting. We have also entered full-on Melbourne winter, which means that we had several days of torrential downpour last week and I am perpetually cold, save for the fifteen minutes of my daily cycle commute where I start getting overheated. It’s a heap of fun.
I’m hoping these two new Uniqlo purchases will address a few of those problems. The coat is a light acrylic knit, which I would normally avoid; however I have two old Zara scarves in this kind of fabric that I always found to be the lightest and warmest things that I could batter around in cold, foul weather (after a few merino knits recently shrank in the wash, for the time being I just can’t stomach reinvesting in that or a nice cashmere layer). Layered up, it faces the cold just fine and I like the exaggerated cocoon shape. More importantly, it’s both lighter and more breathable than my long wool coat. I’m also very happy with the turtleneck, which is in (new to me) Extra HeatTech—I swore off original HeatTech a while back because it is definitely an undergarment that needs to be layered. This fabric has just enough thickness and opacity to be decent on its own. Since I’m not sure how appropriate my jumpers are, I’ve been opting for this with trousers or underneath sleeveless shift dresses.
Dress, Rachel Comey*; boots, RM Williams*. Dress, vintage; wedges, APC.
To my surprise, I also brought home these dresses over this weekend. I found the Comey in the consignment boutique where I usually sell pieces, and picked it up with some credit. It’s a size or two up from what I would ideally wear, but also really well-constructed and kind of witchy/schoolmarm-ish in a way that I am really terrible at resisting. The details are really interesting too—pictured below, there’s a lace panel over the chest that you can conceal with another panel. I might get it taken in for work or wear it casually, but I’m pretty happy to take that gamble for $40.
The other dress is a vintage Japanese silk piece on which I inexplicably zeroed in, despite the fact that it has not one, but two patterns and is a bright, bright red—things that I logically want to avoid. Something about the colours in the skirt is so pleasing though, in a very primitive way! I’ve also been worrying about what to wear for an important wedding later this year that asked for “colourful cocktail”. It’s dress codes like those that wreak havoc on all those tips to have one nice black dress and wear it to everything (I do not abide by this anyway and have several nice black dresses). I really hadn’t wanted to resort to one of the Finders Keepers/Keepsake/Cameo Collective formal dresses—I know these are available everywhere, but I find they also feed a uniquely Australian phenomenon of dressing up for the races and such. They’re actually decent quality, but the overt-trendiness of the styles just encourages too much consumption for me. What a relief to have found an unexpected, but environment- and wallet-friendly option.
Your girl can’t resist a collar.
Do any of you have experience or advice for corporate winter dressing? And how do you juggle that with (buying and) dressing for your own pleasure?