Guys, I need to level with you. I have a lot of clothes. Like A LOT. But about 75% of them are workwear. I LOVE getting dressed for the office, there’s something about a tailored pant or fitted blazer that just gets me fired up and gets me into the boardroom boss mindset.
Since the pandemic hit seven months ago, I have far fewer opportunities to wear all my favourite pieces. The couple of times a week I do go into the office, I really commit.
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Ottawa may be a capital but it’s certainly not a fashion capital. Pleated pants and square-toed shoes enjoy a place of prominence and have far outstayed their welcome. Layer a global pandemic and working from home on top of an already lacklustre sartorial base and all of a sudden the fashion police need to be called.
It takes every ounce of willpower not to stop people on the street and say, “I know it’s a pandemic and this is the worst year of our collective lives, but we still live in a SOCIETY! Put on some clothes with a seam or a button, preferably both.”
I’ve owned this pant from Canadian brand Judith & Charles for several years – it’s called the Takashi pant and their biggest shortcoming as a brand is that they haven’t made this in every possible colour and pattern. This pant is one of my workwear staples as it pairs beautifully with any number of tops, sweaters, blazers. This exact pattern is no longer on offer but I’ve linked similar styles for you.
For this instalment of Fashion Friday (as I’ve just decided I’m calling it), I’m sporting the Takashi pant with an ivory peplum knit from Boss. I love how the fit defines my waist and wears beautifully. I’ve linked similar styles in the carousel above!
Since I opt for timeless styles and mostly avoid trends (hard pass on those awful Balenciaga sneakers), I seek out investment pieces that will last a lifetime and also retain much of their value if I ever wanted to resell. So, for my birthday last year, I went splitsies with my parents on this red Burberry trench.
I have no regrets.
My red satchel is also an investment piece that I purchased years ago when the Canadian dollar was at par with USD. It’s the Pashli satchel by 3.1 Philip Lim and is still being made years later. It’s a great work bag as it has plenty of space for my laptop, 17 shades of lipstick, at least two pairs of sunglasses, and whatever other tchotchkes I’ve managed to hoard in my handbag.
My red pumps are also a few seasons old from Elizabeth and James but I’ve linked a near identical affordable style and a more upscale option.
What are the investment pieces you love or are hoping to get your hands on? Let me know in the comments below.