So this was supposed to be our tenth blog post but I had to wait for the big people at yNaija to put my article (which was based on this week’s post) up on their site first.
YES!!!! we got featured there..
YNaija is the one stop shop for all things young, hip and Nigerian. We are really excited and I feel really honoured to have been f
eatured on that online park.
(click here) for a link to the article on YNaija.
Wearing T-Shirts (or Tees as they are fondly called) date back to the 19th Century through splitting union suits, which were initially one-piece female undergarments into 2 parts. Tees then became really popular after being issued by the US Navy following the Spanish America war.
Due to its suitability, adeptness and low cost, tees evolved from the default frock adorned by those in manual labor to a fashion accessory which could be styledtowards suiting more than just a casual outing.
This week, I am going to depict various ways a lady can don a t-shirt, using real ladies with real jobs. I am styling with TWP Tees, as this lady behind thebrand, Daks of TWP is one blogger I admire for her consistency and drive. (Click here) for a link to her blog, the actual post for them tees, if you would like to purchase.
You could make a few tweaks to work for you depending on your job, place of work and your activity for the given day.
One has to be really careful however, for appropriateness when wearing tees to work because you do not want to be celebrating Casual Friday on a Wednesday. Also fit is really important to avoid sloppiness. Luckily, the regular tee does not expose much skin so there’s barely any worry about showing cleavage. Yes, none at all! You are at work. 🙂
#1 Look – Business Casual
Job: Marketing Director, Lagos.
Here, the jacket gives the look a whole new meaning.
She works with a privately owned firm luxury firm so thereis no need to look so serious everyday. When there is a meeting with aprospective client at an office, the look on the right is suitable but at amore relaxed venue, the left one is perfect.
(Jacket– Zara, Ankle Pants – H&M, Bag –River Island, Shoes – Bebo)
#2 Look – Austere Intern
Name: Ify Mordi
Job: In Between Jobs (Temp.HR Intern), London
Interests: Free education for young women, Swimming,& Listening to music
The heels in this lookgive the outfit some ummpph. With flat shoes she
would look really casual andmaybe sloppy. Although as an intern one
is bound to be constantly on her toes,rocking heels and getting your job
done quickly would make you look a lotsmarter.
(Skirt– Personal Tailor, Shoes – Topshop, Bag – Bally).
Interests: Sleep, TV,Family, Friends, Shopping & Eating.
The simplicity of thislook cannot be over-stated. The colors (or lack of) however, add seriousness tothe look. The side pockets of her cardigan also make it a tad more interesting.
(Cardigan – Miss Selfridge, Skirt – MissSelfridge, Shoes – Newlook).
#4 Look – Chilled Statement
Interests: CookingPhotography & Traveling.
This is so damneffortless yet you would notice her. The pleated skirt has this lovely doublegold button detail on the side. I thought she looked very Kanye West.
Again with this look, thejacket gives it elegance and style.
(Jacket – Local Hong-Kong store, Skirt –Zara, Bag and Shoe – Primark).
Name: Ify Mordi
Job: In Between Jobs (Interview/CVsubmission), Lagos
This look is very trickybecause it totally depends on the job one has an interview for. Some companieswouldn’t tolerate this for an interview so you might want to change the denimpants to suit pants or skirt. Strappy sandals would exaggerate the size of yourfeet if they aren’t slim so covered platform shoes would be fine for those withwider feet.
(Jacket – H&M, Denim pants – , Bag – Fossil,Sandals – Christian Louboutin)
Job: Finance, London
Interests: Music, Music,Reading, TV, Traveling and Music.
This look cannot be wornin tropical regions clearly. What’s
not to love about this midi skirt, itclings in such a decent way
and its length is smart enough not to look drab. Itis most
suitable though with ladies with a bit of curve. Knee length
boots whenstyled right give a look some emblem of sexuality.
The heels of these areclassic and almost comfortable that
even without the crepe jacket, she looksserious. This look
transcends easily for an after-work, hence ‘metroGypsie’.
(Jacket – River Island, Skirt – Topshop, Shoes–
Dolce&Gabbana, Bag – Forever21)
This look is so classy.Again I am not sure this look would work most commercial bank staff in Nigeria.You could drape a jacket over this as well, but it looks really elegant.
(Shorts- Topshop , Shoes – Kurt Geiger, Bag – Vintage)
#8 Look – PassionateSmart
Job: Realtor, Lecceg PropertiesLTD, Lagos.
This look should be easyto relate with. It is really smart with a lot of color. A grey or navy bluejacket would do a fine job as well. The longer strap of the bag tones down theseriousness of the look a notch.
(Jacket – H&M, Skirt – Warehouse, Bag– Michael Kors, Shoes – Newlook, Neckpiece – Accessorize).
Job: Subject Matter Expert, London.
Interests: Handball, Fitness, Talking to people, Music.
Far from conservative hence this is suitable for those withjobs in events, talent management, fashion, sales etc. High waist shorts arealways really flattering. This pair has a jacket of its own in the same fabricbut I decided to style with something else to show effort. This look would definitelyget you some attention at the work place.
(Jacket– H&M, Shorts – Mango, Shoes – Newlook).
So ladies, refrain from tossing that tee when getting setfor work. Once in a while try one of these looks above. You could also stick to your regular dress pattern and maybe replace your camisole with a tee asappropriate.
By the way, this is our 11th post. Thank you so much my lovely readers for your contribution and time. You are awesome!
Thank you also to Ada and all the other beautiful people at YNaija.
See you next week..xx
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel.