Do We Neglect Workwear?
I love how far the plus size scene has come over the last years. The blogosphere is full of fat babes killing the game in amazing casual wear, evening dresses, vintage wear and even lingerie.
There onle seems to be one aspect of our daily life that we seem to neglect a little bit, and that is work wear, despite this being an important aspect of our ifes. Ultimately work/office wear is what most of us will clad our fat bodies in for 8-10 hours each Monday to Friday.
Unfortunately till today the understanding of plus-size office outfits still appears to mainly consist of unshapely blouses, blazers or tunics whose only goal appears to be to spare our environment from actually seeing any of our lumps and bumps. When I bought my first set of workwear here in the UK I made a very similar experience.
The Worst Shopping Weekend In A Lifetime
I had just finished my MSc and my mom had come over to celebrate. She had the great idea to go on a shopping trip to find some job interview clothes and a respectabe wardrobe for when I would find a job – what followed was the shopping weekend from hell.
At the time I had no idea where to buy work-wear or office clothes let alone that my plus size body could deserve to be dressed in fashionable clothes. The only brick and mortar shop where I knew to find plus size clothes was Asda… George at Asda is a lot better as it sounds, but not really the place for work wear.
The weekend consisted of visiting Asdas, Tescos that did not have any suitable clothes that fitted as I was at the time I was at the end of their size range. Followed by canvassing the Trafford Center here in Manchester that did and I think still does not have a single shop that carries plus sizes (shame on you), we finally found the Evans shop in the Arndale Center.
An Endless Rotation of 6-7 pieces
I came out with 3 tops, 1 pinstripe blazer and 2 pairs of black wide leg trousers which were pretty shapeless and made me look a little like a middle aged bank teller. I wore these few pieces in an endless rotation for at least a whole year without any new additions.
Why no new pieces?
After the shopping trip from hell I definitely did not feel like making another try to go shopping and make that experience again, and from the experience on the first one it I felt like there was anyway not much more work wear than shapeless potato sacks in better fabric. Boy was I wrong, as I know today.
Looking back I wished at the time already known about the plus-size blogosphere and that there is so much great fashion out there. After having more money thanks to working in combination with getting to know the blogosphere I started to learn that there is fashion out there for me, although it took quite a while to I understood that this is also the case when it comes to what I wear to the office.
That’s why I belive it is time start a bi-weekly work & office series. I definitely don’t want any more plus-size babes who are on the threshold to enter the workforce having to go through the same frustrating shopping experience with the same meager outcome – a boring wardrobe on repeat. Starting a new job is scary enough, so you should fee as comfortable and possible and do it in style.
I teamed up with Wingz
To give it the kick off it deserved I teamed up with the ladies of Wingz fashion, which is one of my favourite little accessories that can easily transform a casual piece into an office worthy fashion statement and I wonder how I have lived without them before.
Win Some Wingz
Wingz will be a recurring part in many of my outfits for the next weeks, starting today, we are sharing the love and for the next few weeks you will be able to win one of two pairs of Wingz* every two weeks. For a chance to win, just enter in the widget below:
The give-away will be closed on the night from the 20.-21.10.2015 and entries are open to UK residents above the age of 16. Choose any set of Wingz up to a value of £20.
What Do You Think?
What are your experiences with work-wear? Do you have any favourite retailer for plus-size office attire? I’d love to hear from you.