What Sonia Wore: The Work Top Edit

It’s no state secret I love pretty things.

But I’m also a low key kind of girl at heart.

This is never truer than when I’m getting ready for work. I like my weekday mornings to be a stress-free as possible, so I tend to stick to a bit of a routine.

Get up. Take the dog for a walk. Same breakfast. Always followed by a coffee. Shower. Then it’s time to get dressed.

And this is when I follow my fashion formula.

I usually start with a black base – be it pants or a skirt.

{My current favourite pants are the Coco Jean from Feather + Noise (don’t let the name fool you, they’re very much a stretch pant material), $69 and the Zippy Midi Skirt from Bohemian Traders, $89.}

Then, I add a top that matches not only my base, but also my mood and the weather.

I find that buying a new top is a fast and affordable way to update your corporate wardrobe. It instantly refreshes your go-to pants, skirts and blazers. It’s also a simple way to stay on trend, once you have the basics covered.

Here’s what a typical working week in my wardrobe looks like when it comes to tops…

What Sonia Wore: The Work Top Edit

What Sonia Wore: The Work Top Edit

Monday: Living Silk Classic Wrap Shirt (size Small) $279

Kicking off the week with a very special investment piece to help cure that dreaded case of Mondayitis. This pure silk wrap shirt epitomises classic elegance. With a sharp collar and French cuff, it’s a staple piece for day or night. If ivory is too high maintenance for sticky fingers and wayward food, opt for black or navy instead. Either of those colours will still work perfectly with your black base.

What Sonia Wore: The Work Top Edit

Tuesday: PassionQ Crossover Top from Whitehaven Emporium (size 8) $36

Now that we’re into the swing of things, it’s time to add punch in the form of a print. This crossover top has 3/4 sleeves and a hi-low hemline. It’s a great transeasonal piece that can be worn on its own while the weather is still mild and then under a blazer once it starts to cool down. This top comes in two different colourways – both work perfectly with a black base.

What Sonia Wore: The Work Top Edit

Wednesday: Blue Sage ‘Natalie’ Top (size 8) $45

I love a bit of a geometric print and this top fits the bill perfectly. It features a V-neckline, hi-low hem and 3/4 adjustable sleeves. I like to wear this top by half-tucking it into my pants and then popping a black cape over the top for a polished, sophisticated look. It would also look fab tucked into a black pencil skirt, which is the next look I’m going to try.

What Sonia Wore: The Work Top Edit

Thursday: Bohemian Traders Striped Long Sleeve Tee (size XS) $79

Hooray for Friday Eve! This Bohemian Traders is the perfect choice to slide in on a Thursday, as it’s incredibly soft and comfortable with just the right amount of tailoring and detail. To jazz it up for work, I would add a statement necklace and blazer or cape. Once the working day is done, I would lose the layers and add my favourite pair of distressed jeans and a funky pair of printed heels to take me from desk to dinner.

What Sonia Wore: The Work Top Edit

Friday: Shabby Sisters ‘Olivia’ Lace Top (size 10) $65

To finish off my working week, I tend to wear an outfit that will take me from the boardroom to the bar in the blink of an eye. This is usually an all black ensemble with different textures to create interest, a vampy red lip to give me confidence and a kick ass pair of leopard print heels to help me walk tall. It’s an outfit that means business… and says, “I’m ready for the weekend!”

Which styles of tops do you like to wear to work?

Which top is your favourite?

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  1. says

    I talked about work dressing on the blog today too! Great minds girl. I mix it up daily and usually stick to a black base on the bottom! Really like that striped top you have – you can never have enough stripes!

  2. Jenny says

    Hi Sonia

    I purchased the Coco Jeans after I read this post. They are awesome. I am only 158 cm, I would like to not cuff up for my ankle boots. Where should I shorten them too ? just above the ankle? I am having trouble pulling off the ankle boot look.


    • Sonia says

      Hi Jenny!
      I must admit – I’m a cuffer. I do love a good cuff! BUT… I would suggest, if you’re going to have them taken up, make sure the bottom of the pant is hitting the top of your ankle. That way they look fantastic whether you’re wearing a ballet flat, pump or ankle boot.
      I’ve previously written a blog post about how to wear ankle boots with jeans and pants (http://www.soniastyling.com/2014/04/24/ankle-boots-jeans-pants/) if you need a few more pointers.
      Hope that helps! x

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