Last night I headed along to an event at the Oxford Street Mango store. The promise was workwear inspiration and along with Stylist Magazine, they certainly did that.
We were shown and talked through several different workwear looks from the more casual.funky jumpsuit and heels ideal for a creative laid-back office to the twist on the classic interview suit in a palette of neutrals rather than 'boring' black.
The aim it seemed was to show us what workwear could be... whether it was to introduce more colour or trends into that wardrobe, or to be taken more seriously or dress for a promotion. There were a few red herrings in there - a low cut maxi dress being the one that stands out, but by and large it was a great range of clothing that I would love to have in my working wardrobe.
I loved some of the fab fitted jackets in the tailored, nautical inspired rail. Others headed straight for those 70s key shapes and prints to give more of a effortless look which I think really suits willowy frames.
The collaboration for Mango and Stylist Magazine will become evident through a series of advertorials and a competition... you could win your very own office party, £50 to spend at Mango for you and 40% off for your friends and colleagues. There are 20 parties up for grabs so it's well worth entering. Enter the competition on Mango's Facebook page.
I was asked to take inspiration from the rails of key looks to style my own outfit. We had a few giggles trying to get everything on the mannequins - my few days covering in the Debenhams merchandising department obviously didn't prepare me for that. After a few limbs had been removed and replaced, my outfit was revealed. I played pretty safe with Capri style navy trousers, a white ruffle vest and a tied lightweight denim shirt. I accessorised the outfit with a nautical inspired bag, red and natural wedges and a bright red and gold necklace.
Let me know what you think - almost all the other girls went for a more feminine, floaty skirt look which I loved too.
More pics from the event below...