But lately, Cue has been catching my eye too. This may be due to its half-price sale this month (ahem). For the record, I consider it healthy self-care to invest in office clothes. I figure I spend at least 40 hours there every week, so it’s worth wearing clothes I feel good in.
I’ll confess, I’ve always been a bit obsessed with clothes. And shoes. Perfume too. (Modern Muse by Estee Lauder is my signature day scent this year). To be honest, I have this style section mostly so I can indulge myself in the superficial art of fashion writing. So here goes…
I’d describe my work style as classic with a twist. I live in black and white, stripes and spots, navy and cream. I love a pop of colour – especially pink or green – because it’s fresh and unexpected. Accessories, like statement necklaces and shoes, are a fun and simple way to turn basic black into something special.
I used to covet high-end labels, but I now have more affordable favourites. Country Road always delivers great basics at a reasonable price. Jigsaw is more of a splurge, but the quality is lovely. I particularly like the label’s skirts and winter knits. I like Witchery and Saba too, but I don’t tend to actually buy many items.
Cue has always done a great suit, but the other pieces are usually too ‘creative’ for me. And I’m often in between sizes. Or the cut isn’t quite right (a bit tight around the boobs, a bit loose around the hips). However, this summer, I’ve been lured by Cue’s sale signs more than once.
I found this great black-and-white striped skirt that I’m currently wearing once a week and feel fabulous in. I bought a crew-necked, sleeveless, silk blouse at the same time – the perfect complement because it’s classic and conservative. I’ll wear the skirt with a merino turtleneck, tights and ankle boots in winter. I also got a pretty lace-inspired white dress, with a black patent-leather belt, for a white-themed party I’m attending this month.
But sorry Cue, my heart still belongs to Veronika. It fits me perfectly, it’s classic with a twist (my style), and the quality is beautiful. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store next season.
What’s your favourite go-to work label?