When I first started working for the government, I felt the need to look the part. You know… Regular office clothes – suit jackets with dress shirts and semi-formal jeans.
I have nothing against this look – I still wear it sometimes but I did become rather bored with it. Because of this, my work clothes evolved to be less formal. The suit jacket was replaced by a more colorful blazer and the dress shirts became more quirky.
With the beginning of this year however, I had a total rethink of the clothes I wear at work. Being tired of the status quo and inspired by the shirt I bought from Wöö, I put together a few looks that are more reminiscent of an architect than a government official. Still semi-formal looking but a lot more creative.
The look consists of dark gray jeans from Scotch & Soda and a long cardigan from ASOS that was a gift from my partner Eva. I switch between an upcycled t-shirt with Estonian motifs by AUS/KARU and a bamboo long sleeved shirt by Wöö.
When I need to walk around the building a lot or am giving a presentation, I have the cardigan on but as my office is quite warm, I usually just wear the shirts.
To complete the look I wear either green suede boots “Napoli” by the Uncle Paul or blue suede Rockport shoes. I was hesitant to buy the Uncle Pauls at first but they were on sale and … I mean, just look at them. Plus, Eva pretty much told me to get them and I am really glad she did.
The Rockports I bought for my wedding because I was obsessed with the Elvis song “Blue Suede Shoes” and again, I am glad I did. They are still in really good nick but do need new laces.
My favorite parts of this look are all made by local designers and take sustainability into account. I want to take this even further and build a work style that has as much local eco-fashion incorporated into it as possible. For now however, I do like my work clothes more than ever. They leave me looking respectable while still keeping a lot of my personality. Plus they’re fun!