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Street Stylin’: The corporate event edition

Hayley O'Neill and Laura Peppas

Last week we looked at corporate style, but what about corporate events? Hayley O’Neill and Laura Edwards sussed out what you wore to the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Great Debate at the National Convention Centre on Friday, and found everything from raspberry trenches to sparkly shoes…


Stephanie, Braddon. Wearing: Cue jacket and knit, Portmans skirt and Zara shoes. I like to have a little fun with my corporate wear as public servants tend to wear such safe clothing. I used to think the [sparkly shoes I’m wearing] weren’t really work appropriate but then I thought “bugger it, I’m only going to be young once, so I might as well enjoy it”. I get heaps of complements on them and they’re particularly fun for events like this.


Kelly, Bruce. Wearing: Cue.  I try to be stylish at corporate events but still quite conservative and professional. I also like to incorporate a few different elements that might be a bit unique and modern, and experiment with print and colour. I put a white shirt underneath today to make the outfit a bit different rather than wearing a cardigan or blazer. It makes it easy; I can just take the shirt off and wear the dress if I want to go on to work drinks after.


Christine, Gungahlin. Wearing: Zara dress and David Lawrence trench. I usually pick out whatever I don’t have to iron to be honest. I love wearing dresses because it’s easy and you don’t have to think about it, but you still look dressy if you have to go to an event. I find this trench will just go with everything.


Luminita, Palmerston. Wearing: JacquiE. I like to be bright and colourful so I can stand out a bit, and describe my corporate look as ‘tidy’ but still fun. I do a lot of my shopping at the Canberra Outlet Centre because they have good bargains.


Fiona, Ngunnawal. Wearing: Tokito dress and ASOS trench. I really love colour in the office, and on Fridays I’ll wear something bright usually, as everyone tends to wear black. I felt like wearing red on red today because this event has a sense of fun about it, so I thought “why not?”

Photos by Hayley O’Neill, words by Laura Edwards.


Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape. More about the Author


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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