the big girl’s 2018 workwear edit;

When I first got in touch with Joanie (yes: them of FILL IT WITH JUMPSUITS fame), there was one aspect of my wardrobe that I really wanted to concentrate on.

Workwear. Because they’re so, so good at it; and I’m notoriously bad at it.

Only then I got distracted, and ended up losing it over a jumpsuit that I haven’t worn to the office yet, but almost certainly will some day. Because that’s how I roll. When I could have been dressing like this:

Last Year's Girl 2018 workwear edit: Cath Kidston for Specsavers and Joanie Clothing
Last Year's Girl 2018 workwear edit: Cath Kidston for Specsavers and Joanie Clothing

GLASSES: Cath Kidston for Specsavers*
SKIRT: Joanie*
T-SHIRT: Monki
NECKLACE: Lapland by way of Jehane
MAKEUP: Benefit at House of Fraser, Glasgow

Those of you playing along on Twitter will know that I recently moved to a new office. While it’s been a little bittersweet (I have somehow managed to spend my entire adult life, give or take three weeks, working on the same Glasgow street up until this point), I absolutely love our new digs – which, as part of a company-wide shift to an agile working model, are bright, spacious, modern-looking and as technologically advanced as it gets when what you do is predominantly computer-based work.

And I don’t know about you, but bright new surroundings make me want to look my best. And while, as previous posts on this topic have made clear, that’s never going to be skirt suits and designer blouses for me, Joanie strikes me as the ideal compromise. From cute, cosy knitwear, to retro-inspired tailoring that would earn a cool nod of approval from Mad Man-era Christina Hendricks, they’ve got you covered.

Apparently inspired by – and named for – their designer’s super-glamorous great aunt Joanie, Joanie the brand promises nostalgic clothes for the modern wardrobe with quirky, playful details. They strive to be as inclusive as they can, with styles available in sizes 8-22, and always show how their clothes look on models with two different body types: a small detail that has delighted everybody I’ve raved about the brand to over the past couple of weeks.

Last Year's Girl 2018 workwear edit: Cath Kidston for Specsavers and Joanie Clothing
Last Year's 2018 workwear edit: Cath Kidston for Specsavers

The most essential part of any workwear edit – at least, as far as I’m concerned – is, of course, the glasses. Seriously, it wouldn’t matter what I was wearing: without glasses, there’s no way this girl would be getting any work done. With my biannual eye test due, I recently headed out to Specsavers at Glasgow Fort for an up-to-date prescription – where I discovered that my sight had actually improved for the first time in the 28 years I’ve been a glasses wearer! I didn’t get too excited though: apparently, half a prescription point in either direction is pretty normal once your sight has all but stabilised, and with the cutting edge technology available at Specsavers I’d be very surprised if they got it wrong.

Does anybody else remember when your optician used to have to manually change the glass lenses held in a medieval-esque metal frame in order to figure out your prescription, rather than it all being done at the touch of a button? Or am I just showing my age here?

Thanks to Specsavers longstanding 2 for 1 frames offer, I had my pick of the new styles – yet still managed to come away with two Cath Kidston frames. What can I say: florals and polka dots have always been my aesthetic. I did try on some of the Balmain glasses everybody else has been raving about, but I didn’t find anything to suit my face shape. Which is, of course, fine: glasses are such a personal thing, particularly if you’re as short-sighted as I am and dependent on them. I’m absolutely delighted with my cute blue metallic and oversized polka dotted plastic picks, which will give me plenty to play with.

Because, hey: just because your glasses are an essential doesn’t mean they can’t also be an accessory.

Last Year's Girl 2018 workwear edit_ Cath Kidston for Specsavers and Joanie Clothing
Last Year's Girl 2018 workwear edit_ Cath Kidston for Specsavers and Joanie Clothing

GLASSES: Cath Kidston for Specsavers*
DRESS: Joanie*
BOOTS: Kate Spade
MAKEUP: Fenty at Harvey Nichols

We had every intention of taking this second set of pictures somewhere workwear-appropriate, but Edinburgh was freezing that day and I had promised the Bezzer a birthday dinner. So: call this a working lunch, if Glasgow happened to have a Wahaca.

Big fan of the chilli-infused Karma Cola that’s exclusive to the award-winning Mexican chain btw. And their churros. I’m sure it wasn’t what He had in mind, but thank God for Sundays during Lent (I’m off sugar for the duration you see, in an attempt to raise some money for The Trussell Trust, and it just might make it all worthwhile if you sponsored me).

What are your go-to workwear looks?

This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased. Thanks to my Bezzer, Lola Keeley, for the bottom set of photos: her debut novel is out next month from Ylva Publishing but you can download an extract now.

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