Outfit of the Day = #ootd
What I Wear Today = #wiwt
What I Wear to Work = #wiwtw ???
By now you must have realised about my interest in fashion. The truth is, I am actually a tee, cardie with jeans person and since I spend most of my days in the office, I tend to experiment with different kind of outfit during work rather than weekends. Although working in the corporate world, I am thankful that my company is not too rigid about working attire. Except for casual Friday, we have to wear formal work attire but not necessarily baju kurung or shirt and pants all the time. I usually wear formal attire on Monday but loosen up on other days except when I have meeting or appointment.
Although I always try to dress nicely everyday I still got the 'dress down' day once in a while which I don't favour. Honestly, I believed that confident level drives in line with appearance or the outfit we are wearing. The formula is simple; when we dress nicely we automatically feel good about ourself hence subsequently boost our confidence to do what ever need to be done. Different people have different taste and style. What we wear may look fugly to someone else so shrug off any remarks because in enhancing inner self confident everything starts with our ownself.
Some of the rules I usually apply in my daily office wear are:
- Wearing heels. From kitten heels, wedges to platform heels, to me they are all good to go. Some people were amazed about my ability to walk fast in skycrappers but I have to tell you, practice makes perfect. I used to wear flat shoes or sneakers all the time during univ days and I have been through painful experience walking in high heels from the LRT station climbing up road to Menara TM but it is worth it. To me, a formal working attire would not look right if it ends with flat shoes and as long as I can bear the "torture" I shall continue wearing one. I even wore heels until I was five and a half month pregnant and switched to flat after receiving a lot of remarks about my safety.
- The 3 colour rule. Have you heard about the three colour rule? It is a rule to help you coordinate your outfit and highly appropriate for formal office attire and attending official events. I am a colour coordinated person so the rule helps me a lot although sometimes I wish I could be more adventurous. I usually choose one main colour then complement it with another colour (or a print) and a dash of black and white. In the rule, black and white can be used separately or together and still considered as one. Since I have been applying the rule since ages ago, it seems to blend with myself and I just realised that all outfits above involve not more than 3 colours.
- Make the face up. At this opportunity I should thank one of the sis I was working with during internship 10 years ago for giving a kohl eye liner (it was Dior) which was my first ever eye makeup tool. She told me I have to at least line the eyes to make it look fresh or else I looked like someone who just woke up from the bed. Thank you for the advice Kak N and I am abide to it until today. Every day I do my makeup in the car on the way to office and earth tone is the usual colour choice for my eyes because it is universal. I have shared about my new favourite makeup and they are what I am still using until today. I really like smokey eyes look but although I have been wearing makeup for many years I am still not a pro to apply a good looking one but as long as the eyes are preppy enough then I am good to go.
- Invest in a good pair of black heels because they are really helpful. I like collecting shoes in different colour tones but when I arranged the photos, it seems that the same black coloured heels have dominated my life! As we all knew, black is the most universal colour and also a formal colour so in a way it enhances the formality of an outfit. In order to spice up the look, I have made detachable straps and attached bow clips at both sides of the shoe. I planned to come up with more additional features for the shoe but still looking for a perfect time to execute them.
- Handbag and shoes do not necessarily match in terms of colour. I am not sure about you but I sometimes found it quite challenging to come up with an outfit to wear for the next working day with the same "I-don't-know-what-to-wear" reason and it would be more stressful if I have to wear the same coloured shoes and handbag like the good ol' days. Thanks to those who invented the new rule because these days I intend to buy bags in bold colours which can easily be matched with black shoes and enhance the outfit at the same time.
Hokkayyy...I guess I have shared all the tips and rules I have been abide to so that's it for now. Goodbye and have a nice day!
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