How to be a best dressed politico

3.9.18


Politics is not a 9 to 5 job, and for those of us that work in this ever unpredictable environment, we need a wardrobe that is predictable - and dependable!

I've worked in three different political institutions, with each having a different dress code. The National Assembly for Wales was perhaps the most informal - (you could get away with wearing jeans on a sitting day...) and the US House of Representatives more formal, with staffers opting for smart separates and suits. Parliament is perhaps the best dressed institution I have worked in. Maybe it is the weight of history and the sense of responsibility to dress 'right' - I'm certainly my best dressed when I'm in the Palace!

I have a staple set of items that have become my political uniform. Quality tailored black and navy trousers, a smart blouse/top and a sharp blazer are the items I reach for when getting ready to grace Parliament's hallowed halls. But having a uniform doesn't mean that you have to conform. Every politico needs a signature item in their closet, and for me, my shoes are where I can have some fun and show my personality.

Perhaps it is the influence of Theresa May, but funky flats and statement heels are the talking piece of my wardrobe! Leopard, sparkles and tassels- they're all there! And as our Prime Minister herself has said, "you can be clever and like clothes."

So if you work in politics and are looking for some outfit inspo, check out these top brands...

The Fold


I'm obsessed with The Fold! It's a dream for fans of the nifty blazer. the power dress and knitwear with a twist. It's also a great destination to plot your perfect capsule wardrobe and learn from other women about how they dress for their day jobs in the inspiration Fold London series.

The Le Marais wrap jacket is on my list for autumn - and beyond!

Libby London


Looking for a smart shirt dress or a tailored blazer? Be sure to check out Libby London! Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd has sported a number of the brand's iconic Lewis shirt dresses- her navy and sunshine yellow is my favourite.


LK Bennett

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Turn on Parliament TV and you'll likely see a number of our female MPs wearing a piece or two from LK Bennett. A style staple in many a Parliamentarian's wardrobe - and a firm favourite of Theresa May and Amber Rudd, LK Bennett is the perfect destination for chic dresses, smart cardigans and a trendy heel (or two!)

Look for your investment pieces such as suits and shift dresses that will last you for years and shape your reputation as a stylish politico!

Russell & Bromley


Another favourite of the Prime Minister, you won't be sorry when investing in a pair of Russell & Bromley shoes! From lovely loafers to a simple pair of kitten heels, R&B will take you from day to night in an effortlessly chic way.

These Link In vivid blue courts are my current favourites. Also take advantage of their twice yearly sale (summer and Christmas) and sign up for the R&B loyalty scheme which earns you money off future purchases.



Hobbs


A great stop for your staples! Hobbs does a fantastic range of blouses, knitwear and tailored items that are perfect for the office. And as we are officially in coat season, check out some of the luxe pieces that are now available. I love the Elle coat in navy and postbox red.

DvF


Workwear with a twist? DvF is your stop. Whilst not a cheap choice, you'll find pieces that will last a lifetime. Opt for a classic wrap dress that will take you from committee meeting to evening drinks, or a quirky jacket that will look great with tailored trousers or jeans for dress down Friday.

The Outnet

So if like me, you are partial to an odd designer piece, The Outnet will be your best friend. Stop by here for last season steals with brands such as Anya Hindmarch, Charlotte Olympia and Chloe available with sizeable discounts.

Farfetch

Another of my favourites is Farfetch. With a mix of affordable and high-end brands all in one place, here you can really top up your wardrobe. Sign up for early sale alerts and create a wishlist of your must haves for when the discounts kick in.

MM La Fleur


And if you're looking to take the hassle out of your wardrobe prep, take a look at MM La Fleur. An American company that creates 'bento' style boxes of clothes for its subscribers, it's expert team will help curate your perfect workwear wardrobe with ease. Luxurious and comfortable, this is a fantastic way to hit reset on what you wear to work.

And to aspire too...


Daniel Blake



And the award for drool worthy jackets goes to Daniel Blake. I can see why the PM has so many in her wardrobe! From her orange Nehru style to the poppin' purple Origami number, Blake's tailoring has a military feel that is thoroughly modern. You all know of my love for May's navy flecked jacket - want!



Goat

Luxurious, glamorous and favoured by politicians and royals alike- Goat is a lust worthy brand. From gorgeous shift dresses to classic coats, you'll want to own at least one Goat piece in your career.

Amber Rudd mixed Goat into her line-up this year- from a burgundy coat to a bejewelled Ezra white tunic for evening  - she looks great.

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Work in politics? Which brands and pieces do you swear by? Let me know in the comments - I'd love to share!

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