Our first guest!
I am so excited to introduce the first guest blogger for the Tights Club blog, Monika. A City woman and Instagram blogger, she has picked out some of her favourite pieces for Autumn workwear with an eye to Sustainable Fashion. Sustainable fashion is something that is important to me, not only for the environmental impact but also because it takes the pressure off women feeling like they have to have what’s ‘new’ or ‘in’. I’ve been following Monika for a while now and love her mix of old and new, her outfits are always professional but also colourful, fun and with a clear sense of individual style. Check her out on Insta @monikagoestowork.
Monika’s Blog – Sustainable Fashion and Autumn Workwear
Where it all started
It takes determination and perseverance to re-start your career in the City when you have been a stay at home Mum of three children for a decade. Clothes can give you a confidence boost, but what to wear?
When I wanted to go back to the City, I could find lots of fashion blogs for young women in their 20s, but nothing for a petite Bengali woman in her 40s. So I started @monikagoestowork. It started as a way of sharing daily outfits for work for women coming back into the workplace after giving up a career to raise the children.
The blog focused on sustainable fashion, mixing and matching clothes already in my wardrobe with some new pieces. It turns out there are a lot of like minded women out there, and the network grew.
My approach to workwear – sustainable fashion!
For me the key to being a working parent is that you need to be ruthlessly organised with your time, it’s a precious commodity. Once you have decided what you are going to wear, you need to be able to find it quickly. So I have my clothes stored by type e.g. dresses, jackets, tops, skirts and suits are in together. Then within each type, I order by lighter colours/prints to darker.
I normally decide what I am going to wear in the shower, for me it’s the perfect time as it takes into consideration my mood. Personally, I can’t plan my work outfits ahead of time on a Sunday night, but if you can that’s a fabulous way of saving time. I hang my clothes on same style of hangers (batch purchase from IKEA), it saves space and helps your eyes find clothing quickly.
Once I have decided on the main piece of my outfit, I style with shoes, bags, scarfs, jewellery and make up. For example, if I have decided that I am wearing a black suit, I would wear a simple white top. I would style with a yellow bag as to brighten up the suit, black/white feather print heels, red lipstick against the black, and compliments yellow, finally my jewellery would be silver.
All pieces that I buy, I try to ensure that they are the best quality and within my budget and that I will wear more than once!! It’s so easy to be influenced by bloggers with the latest ‘IT dress’ from the high street. In line with sustainable fashion, here are a few of my picks…
Monika’s sustainable fashion Autumn picks
The Little Red Dress
I love the classic cut and sleeve detail of this red dress by J.Jackman womenswear, they are a sustainable brand based in Germany.
The quality, cut and design of this dress is excellent, and it will last for years to come.
As the dress is simple, can be styled with scarfs and jewellery for a different look.
The Classic Wool Blazer
A classic wool blazer that you can throw on top of any dress and you are ready for work.
My preference is wool, as keeps you warm, and stays stylish for years to come.
This jacket from J.Crew also comes in petite sizing (sadly only available online).
Single button jackets flatter most body types, due to the long V shape that the the jacket creates, and especially good if you large chest
The Tailored Shorts
Tailored shorts are perfect for the office with either sheer lights or opaques.
I would pair these Reiss shorts with a white t-shirt, black blazer and sheer tights.
When it was colder, would opt for black polo neck, black blazer and opaque tights.