Choosing an Outfit for a Work Meeting

After over eight months on maternity leave, I had a meeting with my boss today, to discuss my returning to work. I am not normally one to worry about what I am wearing. I know my body shape and I just go for safe outfits I feel comfortable in. I was definitely going to wear my new Precis Petite dress, but when I started putting my outfit together yesterday afternoon, I started having doubts.

Outfit for Work Meeting - Classy but Colourful - Precis Petite Spot Print Prom Dress - Jacques Vert Group - Dotty Dress Longchamp Handbag Gucci Watch Yellow Pumps green shoes black kitten heels pearls

I had a list of things to do longer than my arm for the afternoon. For once, Wriggly was asleep at the same time as Jumpy but I was fretting over what I was going to wear today. Thanks a lot to everyone who took the time to give me their advice and kind words on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter yesterday. You rock, ladies! I love combining yellow and green, and my Martha Jackson earrings have been my favourites for months now.

Precis Petite Spot Print Prom Dress & Martha Jackson Earrings

This morning, I was wondering why I had been worrying about what I was going to wear, and I realised that for the first time in months, I had had some time to myself.

The girls do not normally nap in sync, so I usually make the most of every minute I get to unload the dishwasher, cook, fold the laundry, attempt tidying up, or even have a shower (luxury!). Yesterday, for the first time in months, I paid attention to myself and I am glad I did. I should do it more often. It is nice to make an effort rather than just wearing the same old trousers and tops. Today was a really nice day, full of excitement and chats with colleagues I had not seen in ages and showing Wriggly around.

Precis Petite Spot Print Prom Dress - Jacques Vert Group
How do you choose your outfits for important occasions? Do you just wing it with trusty staples from your wardrobe or does it take you hours of planning and preparation?

Precis Petite Spot Print Prom Dress - Jacques Vert Group - Dotty Dress Longchamp Handbag Gucci Watch Yellow Pumps

I was gifted the Precis Petite Spot Print Prom Dress as well as a black shrug with pearl (Jacques Vert Group) dress for my work meeting. All photos and opinions are mine.

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  1. Cindy
    26/02/2015 / 8:20 am

    Coucou Mel.
    J’adore ta robe, ce look décalé est original et me plaît énormément. Dommage qu’en France, on soit un peu étriqué d’esprit au niveau look. J’achète d’ailleurs des jeans très fun à mes garçons et ce look décalé avec des couleurs inhabituelles et ils adorent.
    Au mois de juin c’est la communion de mon fils et je suis déjà à la recherche d’une robe ( que personne ne portera car j’aime pas être habillée comme tout le monde), je cherche également une énième paire de chaussures. Si tu as des sites à me recommander pour de jolies robes, je suis preneuse.
    Bonne continuation Mel , tu es toujours aussi belle. Bisous, bisous.

    • 26/02/2015 / 12:07 pm

      Tu es adorable, ma belle. C’est vrai qu’on a beaucoup de chance ici. Les gens ne te jugent vraiment pas sur ton apparence et tu as le droit de choisir de t’habiller différemment. J’adore aussi les chaussures et surtout Office, Schuh, Hush Puppies, Buffalo, Aldo ou Faith. J’adorerais une paire de Louboutins mais je ne connais personne d’essez généreux (ou riche) pour me les offrir. Pour les robes, j’adore Oasis et Warehouse, mais je ne sais pas si tu trouverais en France. Asos et TK Maxx sont de bons sites pour avoir des marques en moins cher.

      • Cindy
        27/02/2015 / 1:22 pm

        Merci beaucoup Mel pour les sites que tu m’as donné!!!!! Je suis allée sur Asos et j’ai trouvé la robe que je voulais et j’ai vu beaucoup d’autres ravissantes robes. Du coup, j’ai trouvé sur le même site des chaussures pour aller avec mais je crois que je vais craquer pour beaucoup d’autres. Maintenant, il me reste juste un petit bracelet à trouver pour aller avec mon collier et mon sac à main. Sur le site où tu as trouvé ta robe, il est super, dommage que je sois en France.

        • 28/02/2015 / 3:27 am

          Je suis super contente pour toi! Tu as fait d’une pierre deux coups en plus. Pour le bracelet, tu as regardé sur le site de Martha Jackson (il y a un lien dans mon article). Ce sont des bijoux en argents que je trouve vraiment beaux et uniques. Sinon, Not on the High Street (en ligne) fait un peu de tout, et les bracelets en argent sont vraiment beaux. Bisous

  2. 26/02/2015 / 8:28 am

    You look fabulous xx glad your meeting went well. When are you going back?

    • 26/02/2015 / 11:57 am

      Not completely decided yet, but it could be soon. Wearing pretty dresses is lovely. The morning rush with my four monkeys might not be so much fun, but hey, I love my job!

  3. Viv'Maman_Bas
    26/02/2015 / 10:31 am

    Tu es superbe !!

    • 26/02/2015 / 11:53 am

      Merci, c’est trop gentil (on ne voit pas les cernes sur les photos, ha ha!)

  4. 26/02/2015 / 10:41 am

    Well done Mel ! J’aime beaucoup ton look ! J’espère que t’aura un bon retour au travail 😉

    • 26/02/2015 / 12:08 pm

      Merci Eva.

  5. 26/02/2015 / 3:26 pm

    Ooh, I love the outfit! Gorgeous colours and you look fab. So glad you had a good time back in the office 🙂 x

    • 05/03/2015 / 5:22 pm

      I love my job and it gave me a big adrenalin rush to be there last week!

  6. 26/02/2015 / 6:25 pm

    You are one seriously stylish lady, utterly gorge xxx

    • 27/02/2015 / 12:01 am

      Thank you hun! I like shoes and pretty dresses.

  7. 26/02/2015 / 9:17 pm

    OMG. Could you look any more fabulous? And FRENCH? I adore your style. Love the sling backs too 🙂

    • 26/02/2015 / 9:55 pm

      You are so sweet Nagi, thanks a lot.

  8. Adorna
    27/02/2015 / 3:34 am

    Very smart, you look great .xx

    • 27/02/2015 / 8:00 am

      Thanks a lot Adorna!

  9. Oak Jewellery
    27/02/2015 / 7:14 am

    Mel, that outfit is super chic! That turquoise with the polka dots is lovely and the contrasting shoes is the icing on the cake. This is Fiona commenting here from Oak’s Blog x

    • 27/02/2015 / 8:03 am

      Thanks lovely! I love colour-coordinating and wearing contrasting colours that complement each other.

  10. 27/02/2015 / 9:28 am

    Oh my goodness you look beautiful! Well, you always look beautiful but even more beautiful than normal!!!! That dress is amazing and your accessories fabulous! I really need to learn some style from you. I have none and I generally don’t really care about what I wear. It never occurs to me to spend much time thinking about it because my wardrobe is pretty sparce!

    • 27/02/2015 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Vicki. You are so nice! I have hidden the bags under my eyes behind the camera, he he!

  11. 27/02/2015 / 9:36 am

    I love the shoes! I tend to agonise over what to wear almost daily and then end up wearing pretty much the same things. I must make time to plan my outfits though like you have done. It gives more time to pick the accessories and match the colours. I love your colour choices too, by the way. #PoCoLo

    • 04/03/2015 / 11:56 pm

      Thanks! I have had those shoes for years. They are comfortable, pretty and a pop of yellow always brightens up a day, doesn’t it?

  12. 27/02/2015 / 12:11 pm

    The dress is absolutely beautiful, I’m a huge fan of the classic Jacques Vert styles.

    #FashionFriday

    • 28/02/2015 / 3:19 am

      I really love it. The quality of the fabric also means it is flattering.

  13. 27/02/2015 / 1:31 pm

    J’aime beaucoup – c’est une joilie robe 🙂

  14. 27/02/2015 / 4:22 pm

    I usually plan mine. I am a boring person so I only own something that is in the black and gray spectrum! But my bag and accessories should have color. I would love to buy an orange watch if I can =) #pocolo

    • 28/02/2015 / 3:17 am

      I have a lot of black, too. I like to try and cheer up outfits with a pop of colour, just because it puts me in a good mood, and that tends to be catching!

  15. Victoria Welton
    03/03/2015 / 10:40 pm

    That dress is gorgeous – and you look amazing! I go through stages – sometimes I know exactly what to wear and other times it takes me forever! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

    • 04/03/2015 / 8:14 am

      Thanks hun x

  16. 05/03/2015 / 7:27 am

    Love the dress – polka dots are the best. And the mint really makes the dots stand out. You look so lovely x

    • 05/03/2015 / 11:36 am

      I have an ever so slight obsession for polka dots… I just love them!

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