Rosemary's Office Look: Residential Interior Designer
On the weekend, I met with Rosemary who works as a high- end residential interior designer in Nottinghill. We shot some photos around Portobello Markets, in classic London drizzle, using my new Nikon DS5300 (I’m still trying to work it and need some practice!)
How would you describe your work wardrobe?
I would describe my work wardrobe as arty, casual and comfortable. I like to team up some jeans with interesting jewellery and bold colours. Everyone in my office has their own quirky style and don’t wear ‘normal’ office wear. My outfits will change depending on the plans I have for my day; when I have client meetings I will dress up with some heeled boots and when I’m on-site with the builders I will dress down. Not only to avoid unwanted male attention but also as I may have to climb up ladders. I still take my pink notepad though (laughs). I work in a small office so I don’t really feel the need to ‘dress’ for anyone, and will wear comfy clothes if I’m sitting at my desk all day.
How has your work style changed to when you first started working?
When I first started my career I was working in an architectural firm where the dress was more casual. People wore trainers, a lot of American Apparel, and very much had their own style. As this was my first job I dressed more conservatively and used to dress smarter in order to make a good impression. However, as people got to know me they would make comments if I wore say, a nice necklace and playfully tease me saying I was ‘dressing up.’ So I also started dressing more casually to fit in.
How is your weekend style different?
I basically wear the same outfits in the weekend! ASOS, Topshop, Zara, and H & M make up a majority of my wardrobe. All my clothes are very high- street fashion, I like to buy new things every season and stay on trend. Perhaps in the weekend I might wear ripped jeans but otherwise my style is the same- it makes it easy to decide what to wear in the morning!
Do you think that what you wear in the office influences what people think?
Definitely. As I work with high- end clients, I will dress up for meetings with them. I think how you look in design is important in order to be taken seriously. I will always have my hair styled, with a little makeup on. You should look like you’ve made the effort.
Design is linked to fashion- people take notice of your style and if you look like sh*t people won’t trust you designing their space. They come to you for style.
Get The Look
Coat - ASOS (similar)
Polo - H & M (similar)
Necklace - Warehouse
Jeans - Topshop
Boots - ASOS (similar)