When Casual Makes For Business Wear

Dressing up clean and smart for the office, especially in environments that have casual, somewhat laid back dress codes, can be achieved. I recently did a photo shoot alongside makeup artist/student Mihlali Ndamase where we dressed up in key fashion pieces that immediately turned a casual wardrobe into a business one.

The setting for the photo shoot was once again in Alexandra, one of the oldest townships in Johannesburg, which has been in existence for 112 years. It’s often referred to as “Kasi ya ma kasi”, or “The forgotten township” and is known to be a very addictive location as visitors get drawn in by the people and the energy that they bring and despite their surroundings, most are welcoming, optimistic and always willing to help.

We got to work on London Road, renamed after the Townships Apartheid struggle hero,Vincent Tshabalala Street which is one of the six prominent streets in Alexandra.

To look smart only requires that you invest in versatile pieces like a clean crisp, white shirt. As shown in Mihlali’s look, she is wearing a white top that resembles a blouse and then adds to her look, a gold choker jewellery piece which gives an edgy elegant appeal. Along with a tailored trouser, a fashion item that you can never go wrong with for the office.

The form fitting trouser is shown in both our looks where I wear a black cat suit detailed with lace elements and cut out blocks paired with pink patent pumps to dress it down for a more casual, laid back feel.

Keeping our colour tones neutral such as a basic black or classic white gives our outfits a more put together, professional look that’s never out of style, colours that, when worn, make any outfit look dressed up. This makes for winning office wear that’s minimalistic chic.

Clothing Credits: Black Cat Suit from Zara | Pink Patent Pumps From Zara | Tennis Bracelet from Browns | Photography by Themba Masondo

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