What the Cool Kids Wear to Work

Whilst I no longer hold a steady 9 to 5, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to dress up for certain occasions and there are days where I’ll wake up and want to channel my inner #GirlBoss. We spend over 50% of our week at work and as bad as that is to hear (or read), our wardrobe doesn’t have to reflect such misery. Grana Worsted Wool

Grana’s new worsted wool range is the perfect addition to your workwear wardrobe – functional, comfortable and versatile. Don’t worry; you’re not wearing your grandmother’s slacks. The drawstring pants and the culottes both scream work appropriate but also look relaxed enough to wear outside of the office.

What’s worsted wool you ask? I asked the same question and essentially it’s wool minus those fluffy wooly fibres you normally get with your knits. The twisting process in manufacturing removes the natural texture and you’re left with an incredible smooth, durable and lightweight fabric. The colors in the range make mixing and matching incredibly easy and lets face it, we want to be able to dress ourselves with our eyes closed and still look amazing because facing the weekly grind is bad enough.

Here are my top tips on how to make your everyday work looks work for you.

Tip 1: Inject Colour into your Look

Wearing all black is safe and probably the reason why you’re unmotivated in your job because you perpetually look like you’re about to attend a funeral. Perhaps you are mourning the loss of your soul to the corporate world but I’ve personally found that adding colours to your look can drastically change you both sartorially and emotionally.

I’ve chosen green because it always gives me a sense of calmness and anything that takes my mind away from the bottomless pit of work awaiting my attention is a bonus. Take baby steps and start by wearing a bold pair of shoes or just an accessory that pops.

Tip 2: Make a Statement with your Outerwear

Very often you’ll find that the easy answer to solve your sartorial woes is to have a statement jacket that gives you an incredible surge in confidence and poise. I’ve always invested in loud outerwear to use when I need to bring life into my looks and when you’re in the workplace with a hundred others dressed in monochrome, sometimes all you need is a statement jacket to bring you out of the mundane.

Tip 3: Plan for Sneakers & Stilettos

Having an outfit that you can pair with both Stan Smiths and Louboutins can be the savior to both your feet and street cred. So when you’re staring at your wardrobe and trying to piece together an acceptable look; ask yourself whether you can wear sneakers to work and stilettos during and after work. Thankfully the cuts of the tapered ankle pants and the culottes from the worsted wool range are perfect for both.

Grana Worsted Wool Work Wear  Grana Work Wear Wosted Wool  Grana Work Wear

Check out the new Worsted Wool Work Wear collection and enter ‘HELENxGRANA‘ at checkout to receive 10% discount and free shipping.


Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • @queenhorsfall

    your outfits are always so colorful and mix of prints & colors. I am absolutely sure that if I had a job where you can wear something different, I would go with this outfit, sadly in our office, we can wear only monochrome style ;(


  • wow those sandals are amazing =o) love the look!


  • Britta Dobriner

    Helen! You know my love for your style! You wear colors so well! Tip number 1 is totally me at work! LOL! I have lost my soul to the corporate world 😂
    Thank you for inspiring me to spice up my work clothes!

  • Lolly Chase

    You always have the funkiest style! I’m obsessed with your IG, because you’re always in colors and making them WORK SO WELL! You’re definitely my style icon and sometimes when I see a crazy print, I think of you, seriously! I don’t really do a 9-5 as well, but I love your take on work looks, because they’re perfect for me during meetings. Bookmarking this!

    XO Candi

  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    I’m always a big fan of you style Helen! Stylish, Colourful, Playful and it’s very uplifting!!!! You are definitely the cool kid on the block!!! I love that printed shirt!!! Such a statement top! Totally obsessed with it!

    xx, Jessie

  • Amanda N Dustin Smith

    Girl! I feel you! I stay at home with my littles and many days I’m in yoga pants all day so I try to make a point to think through my look anytime I leave the house! I’ve yet to try Grana’s new worsted wool range however, I’m a big fan of Grana and love in their silk! Although, I love Grana I’m not a wool fan as it makes me incredibly itchy but I wonder with the process you described above, does that remove that itchy feeling too? If so, I cannot wait to get my hands on some of it! Helen, you look phenomenal and I’m always inspired by the way you pair color together! Layering and outerwear ALWAYS make me feel so put together and like I can take on the world! I’m such a fan on your sandals too and the heel height is perfect! I’ve been really loving that style lately! Hope you have a great start to the week!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

    • Lady you definitely need to try their worsted wool because there is absolutely ZERO itch factor in it!!

  • Christine

    These trousers are so chic and love the cut of them. They totally can be worn to the office and also on casual Sundays with some kicks like you said. Thanks for explaining “worsted wool” to us and that makes such a difference when you wear certain fabrics – you definitely don’t want them to pile or pull. It’s great to know that Grana invests in quality fabrics and materials. I have yet to try any Grana pieces but keep hearing about their amazing silk, Turkish jeans, and now their wool collection. Definitely a brand worth looking into. Love your tips on dressing for the workplace and your statement jackets always have me drooling! xoxo, Christine

  • Lisa Mao

    omg this just reminds me how lucky I am to be working at a place that doesn’t follow strict (and boring) clothing requirements. I would feel so restricted if I had to show up to work everyday in a dress shirt and black trousers! I love how fun you made this outfit, and how appropriate it is. Also I’ve actually been hearing about Grana all over instagram and a few blog’s I’ve read. They just sound like they make some quality clothes and I’ve been meaning to check them out for a really long time. You just reminded me to take a look into them!


  • OMG this worsted wool thing is genius!!! I don’t work 9-5 either but I do love to dress up like if I did sometimes!
    These pants are life and I love how you added the leaf top and the fun sandals girl!
    Killing it!
    And yes, totally agree on adding statement outerwear!
    Love your style always 🙂

  • Oh perfect timing! I’ve been looking for some new work pants and Grana’s worsted wool collection sounds like it’s worth checking out. The drawstring pants and the culottes are just so fun, but still so work appropriate. I love the tips that you added here for styling a work wear outfit as well. I never used to like green, but now that you mention it, I think I would like to try incorporating more emerald into my work attire. A statement jacket like yours obviously is a great addition as well.

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • Love the outfit! I think it’s super unique the pants that you combined with the blouse. I love all the colors and patterns that you incorporated into this look. Especially in love with the jacket, soooo cute. Gorgeous outfit! Thanks for sharing babe <3

    Vanessa, xo!


  • I love your style and this whole look. I wear all black and culottes on regular basis to work (yes I haven’t left my corporate job yet, but one day). Those pants would be perfect to wear on those days when I really hate going to work but excited to wear the outfit !! Love the jacket too, such a statement piece! Sneakers to work, yes please!! It’s fresh and so comfy at the same time. Thanks for sharing all your tips!
    Aurela xoxox

  • jacqueline

    I love this outfit! And those pants seriously look so comfy! You make them look so stylish and effortless! I would love to wear something like this to my 7-4 ( I know weird) haha job. I definitely need to inject more color into my outfits too!

  • Hey Darling Helen,
    I just Loved your Tips, and To be honest I love to wear Colorful Clothes, I mostly never wear Just Black for example:)
    The Sandal and that Blouse Are my Favorite:) You Style sooo Amazing:)
    And That Jacket such a Unique Statement piece:) Need one:) ehhe
    I heard a Lot about Grana, I already checked out the Brand:)
    Hows you?
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Week 🙂


    Such a nice Tips. For me the colors are everything they give me a lot of fun to mix and match . Son you can’t pass unnoticed haha.
    The tips for sneakers and stilettos are welcome, I like the extreme transformations
    Your outfit looking wet comfy and stylish .
    Thanks for the coupon.

  • Oh this is such a fun twist to an office attire! Adore what you did with the wool pants from Grana! Styled them perfectly with the printed button down shirt and the embroidered jacket. The statement heels polished the entire outfit in such a nice manner! Now I’ll have to get a pair of pants like yours!! Wishing you a great day! xx


  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    Haha you’re the coolest kid at work for sure hun! I had no idea what worsted wool was either, but thanks for informing me of yet another material I’d like to try on and experience the softness and comfort on. As for adding color, I’m all with you! It brightens up any outfit and makes fashion so much more fun. Green is one of my favourite colors too and I tend to go with olive green most of the times. Always have, always will, no matter what’s trending. I do add bolder colors too to make that statement and love to play around with different styles, but one thing I stay true to are my sneakers, so you won’t see me wearing stilettos anytime soon, haha.


  • Marcy Yu

    Yes definitely you were one of the coolest kids at your office hahaha. Absolutely love the advices and how you mixed all this pieces. For sure a statement piece can never miss in a girls look. LOVE the print shirt and the shoes are just beautiful babe


  • Great tips! When I worked a corporate job I always pushed the envelope as far as I could LOL. I mean you gotta know your environment – in a more creative job you can have more fun. I’m all for wool in cooler weather. Growing up it was all so itchy but these days it can be lightweight and comfortable. Love these pieces on you! And I’m slightly obsessed with your sandals BTW.

  • Vukosavljevic Ana

    Those were really some good tips Helen! Its always good to add a bit of color to outfits for work. You are such a cool kid! I loove these outftits, you did a great job!

  • EverestSays

    Those were such lovely tips in styling work wear! I would never have thought of such a pairing but you totally were able to envision this good combination and bring it to life!

  • Kelli Ng

    Omg I love love love your look! Just wondering, how tall are you and what size in the pants did you get? It’s always risky buying online :/

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