I DIDN’T WEAR JEANS FOR A WEEK

I love my job.

Are you sick of hearing that yet?

I’m sorry, but it’s true.

I adore the late mornings, the friendly banter and the lovely people. I love working in a start-up environment, I love the variety of my work and I love having the freedom to make choices and decisions on my own.

But most of all?

I love, love, LOVE being able to wear whatever I damn well please!

No more enforced pencil skirts and pearl necklaces and black stilettos! Bye bye to the 5-items-of-make-up rule! Sayonara to scraping my hair back every day!

I’d been looking forward to this day for the past two years.

I was going to wear Instagram-worthy outfits and do fancy things with my hair and IT WAS GOING TO BE AMAZING.

Except lol what’s actually happened is that I wear jeans and jumpers every day, and my hair is in a ponytail, and I don’t really wear makeup unless I’m hosting an event.

Y’know, really putting in the effort.

So when George at ASDA got in touch and challenged me to go a week without wearing jeans, all in the name of style, I knew, for my own good, that I had to say yes!

It was time to break the style rut.

THE RULES: no jeans or trousers. Go!

george at asda

MONDAY

Monday = comfy. COMFY IS A MUST.

This polka-dot skater dress is one of my all-time favourites. It’s from Sugarhill Boutique and it’s so flipping soft and comfy. I don’t think I’ve ever got round to showing it off on the blog yet and I’m just sorry that it’s now making it’s debut in an awful mirror shot but hey ho… you work with what you can eh?

The knee-high boots* are proper leather and from Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing collection. They’re surprisingly amazing quality and so super comfy and stylish! I’ve barely taken them off since I got them.

The cardigan is also new (from H&M but I can’t find it online!) and I think it’s one of my favourite Winter items right now. So soft and snuggly!

Basically this whole outfit is about comfort, comfort, comfort.

Because Mondays are Mondays, even if they are Happy.

george at asda styleyouniform

TUESDAY

OH HAI HANGOVER.

You know what’s hard? Trying to dress stylishly when you’re hungover.

Know what’s even harder? Trying to find something to wear that’s not jeans. Like, what? Seriously? My hangover uniform is jeans and a baggy jumper. And now I have to wear a DRESS?

But I succeeded! I stood strong!

I slipped into a t-shirt and this super comfy, super soft suedette shift dress*.

Add monochrome trainers, black tights, hair in a bun and no makeup, and I had Hangover Chic down to an art form.

High five to me.

george at asda styleyouniform

WEDNESDAY

Wednesdays need sparkles. Sparkly sparkles.

I love this silhouette a lot. It’s one I used to wear all the time and I can’t really remember why I stopped wearing it to be honest

The short bodycon skirt* and the oversized sweater* seem to work well with my pear-shaped figure and I love the combination of knitwear and sequins.

The flats and loose fit of the jumper keep it casual and I really liked this outfit a lot.

It’s surprisingly easy to wear and it definitely made my Hump Day feel sparklier!

george at asda styleyouniform

THURSDAY

At this point in the week, I started to lose inspiration.

I LIKE MY JEANS DAMMIT.

But I was good and I stuck to it. I dragged out my trusty old stripey midi skirt (remember when I wrote it before?), tucked in a black jumper and amped it up with my black ankle boots.

Boring, and I’ve worn it a million times but there you go… told you I was uninspired!

george at asda styleyouniform

FRIDAY!

I made it! Hurrah!

This is actually my fave outfit of the week. I re-wore the suedette dress, but this time slipped it on over a white shirt* and added a belt. Simple but classy.

I never thought a shift dress would suit my shape, but actually I really, really like this one. It’s easy to dress up or down, it’s comfy and sooo buttery soft.

I felt a bit like a 60s babe to be honest!

george at asda styleyouniform

So what’s the conclusion?

First of all, I really need to get some colour in my wardrobe… #monochrome #burgundy #WHEREISTHECOLOUR

Second, as much as I enjoyed the challenge, there is no way I could give up my jeans for good. They’re a massive part of my style identity and I felt lost without them.

Thirdly, I need to start making more of a daily effort with my appearance! Seems silly, but doing my hair and putting some makeup on actually made such a difference to my productivity and confidence levels.

And on that note, I’m off to do my ironing. Because apparently I’m an adult now and that’s a thing that happens.

Thank you George at ASDA!

*I was gifted the products marked with an asterisk.
As always, if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t blog it! :)

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  • Love features like this, I’m such a jumper, boots and jeans girl in the winter so it’s great to have some inspiration :) particularly love the sequin skirt… I want one now!xx

  • 1. too much black. 2. you’re a bae-be. 3. the hair in tight bun is a YES FROM ME.

  • megsiobhan

    So in love with Thursday’s outfit – I need to start wearing skirts and stuff and midi skirts are just beaut. Well done on doing the whole 5 days without jeans! I couldn’t do it…I genuinely couldn’t!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  • Oh you did well my friend, the thought of no jeans makes my soul weep and gives me a headache. Friday looks gorgeous too. The pressure of having to put together an outfit every day though, ouch!!
    M x

  • reneejessome

    This challenge sounds fun! Although I highly doubt I would manage. Mainly because I own nothing but jeans haha Seriously love all of the outfits you put together though!

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • Looking fantastic lady!! I’m the same- I wear jeans too often; I’m trying to shake it up more though.

    K.

    http://www.wonderingthrough.co.uk

  • I love, love, love your Friday look! Xx

  • Sam

    I love the glittery skirt – I don’t know many people who could wear that to work so go you! You look pretty damn hot on all days though, and i’m so happy for you loving your job! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  • Sam

    I love the glittery skirt – I don’t know many people who could wear that to work so go you! You look pretty damn hot on all days though, and i’m so happy for you loving your job! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  • Great outfit :) I have recently started a new job too and I’m absolutely lost without my uniform! It makes getting ready in the morning even more stressful!

    Natalie Ann xo | Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  • Great outfit :) I have recently started a new job too and I’m absolutely lost without my uniform! It makes getting ready in the morning even more stressful!

    Natalie Ann xo | Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  • ninegrandstudent

    Love the dress! I rarely wear jeans on weekends/at home but there seem to be all I pull on at uni. So much so I need another pair! So glad you are enjoying your new job!

    ninegrandstudent.co.uk

  • Josie

    So glad you’re loving your new job Katy! You look fab in all of these outfits, kudos to you because I don’t think I could go without wearing jeans for two days, never mind a week. I love the sequin skirt look, so cute x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  • Josie

    So glad you’re loving your new job Katy! You look fab in all of these outfits, kudos to you because I don’t think I could go without wearing jeans for two days, never mind a week. I love the sequin skirt look, so cute x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  • Love all these looks! A nice comfy dress would always be my go-to when I’m hungover – no one thinks you look crap if you put on a nice dress after all! <3

    Gisforgingers xx

  • What a great idea for a challenge! I tend to only wear jeans at the weekend, work is always skirts or dresses xx

  • I’m back in a uniform now and I miss wearing my own clothes for work! I love all of these looks – wish I could pull off a midi skirt like that!

  • You know, it’s kind of refreshing to hear you talk about how much you love your job. So many poeple hate their job and they don’t dare to quit and look for something else. I adore the last outfit :)

    xx Izzy | Qthee

  • I love each of these looks but Wednesday & Friday’s are fieeeeeeerce! I basically just wear jeans and a jumper with no/minimal makeup. Hahaha! ♥

  • Loving that sparkly skirt, Katy! Super cute and a fun work look.

  • Loving that sparkly skirt, Katy! Super cute and a fun work look.

  • THAT SHIFT DRESS THO!

  • Christina Manktelow

    I always thought that when I became a ‘real adult’ I would have a separate work wardrobe and weekend wardrobe. In reality, IT’S SO HARD! But my one rule is no jeans (at least, not blue denim), they’re just not comfy enough for a full day’s work I feel. Loving the stripy midi skirt Katy:)

    http://christinamariemeow.com/

  • Love these outfits! The sparkly skirt is definitely making an appearance chez moi come Christmas day :D xxx

    Lucy @ La Lingua: Travel, Food, Italy

  • Oooh love these outfits – I am a sucker for wearing jeans almost everyday at work, especially in the dark and cold mornings. I need to start planning my outfits the evening before! Really glad you are enjoying your new job lovely lady :) Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  • A week without jeans (especially in hungover party season) is my nightmare hahaha. But you have completely rocked it – you look so sassy Katy I love it!! xxx and Merry Christmas if I don’t comment again before Friday!
    http://www.fashionnomads.com

  • Frey de Fleur

    I LOVE hearing how much you’re enjoying your job – it’s great inspiration so go you! Haha. My favourite is the white and dress combination. I will definitely have to try that out. Lovely post Katy x

    http://www.freydefleur.com

  • Frey de Fleur

    I LOVE hearing how much you’re enjoying your job – it’s great inspiration so go you! Haha. My favourite is the white and dress combination. I will definitely have to try that out. Lovely post Katy x

    http://www.freydefleur.com

  • Love your outfit choices, they are all amazing for work. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk