This entire article is a give or take of information, meaning that bits and pieces may not work for your particular experience. Take what works for you!There are tonnes of posts on CorpGoth or Victorian Goth for adults (for instance the post that inspired this one by The Everyday Goth). But are Punks expected to throw away their leather jackets for a life without plaid? I say neigh! Punk is my favourite style (yes, more even than Goth) but I’ve had trouble fitting it with my need to dress a little more, shall I say, elderly. Punk is often associated with teen subcultures and I commend adults that continue the styling. I just wanted to add some tips and tricks for adding a little Punk into an office wardrobe.
| Sweater Blazer White Blouse
Skirt Tartan Dress Tartan Shorts
- Firstly, don’t support agism. I’m so sick people saying “She/he/I am too old to wear that”. Wear what you like, even if that means skinny jeans and a leather jacket in your fifties.
- Change the fabrics. Okay, so fabrics can change so much about an outfit. If you’re any thing like me in your teens you didn’t care too much about high quality fabric but the way it highlights your body is different. Move away from jersey bodycon to wool or thick cotton fitted skirts.
- Tailor! Nothing looks more unprofessional than wearing clothes that are very obviously not your size. Wearing clothes that are tailor gives you more sway in what patterns you use. A pair of tailored tartan shorts can look amazing with a fitted blazer!
- A lot of Punk fashion is classy or preppy deconstructed. Things like fur coats or tartan blazers, worn with tight leather skirts or ripped stockings.
- You may not be able to pull off your Docs in an office but that doesn’t completely rule out boots.
- Focus on the accents. While patterns are a bold way to tell your office that you are Punk and you are here a lot of you would probably want to make a smaller whisper. My best advice is to stay the hell away from anything with bullet shells on it, knives or razor blades. Stick with things like chains, stud-style necklaces and pendants.
- Go all out with your outerwear but take it off as soon as you get inside the building! Aprinted scarf and kickass jacket to show just how Punk rock you are when going to and from work, but easily removed during actual working hours.
I’ve done work experience in such a conservative office that they wouldn’t even let you wear boots! So, I can feel your pain. What do you do to Punk up the little things at work? Do you have any tips of your own?